Community life

Evolving into Ukraine aid

By Naomi Firsht, August 27, 2015

A north London couple have organised a summer camp in Ukraine after being inspired by their teenage daughter to set up a charity for former Soviet Union Jewish communities.

Around 30 children aged from four-to-13 attended the week-long day camp in Mukacheve, in the west of the country, joining in festival-themed programmes, sports and games.

Accountant Jason Bennett set up the charity, Evolv


Believe the Hype - RSY members run camp

By Josh Jackman, August 27, 2015

Two Reform youth movement leaders have been running a summer camp for underprivileged children.

Emma Mittelman and Manya Eversley came up with the idea as 15-year-olds at RSY-Netzer's summer camp.

Four years on, the friends raised more than £5,000 to establish Summer Hype, a five-day residential camp for 40 Hackney nine- and 10-year-olds from impoverished backgrounds.

The camp was led by


Photographic memories help care clients

August 27, 2015

A photography project at a Jewish Care home has helped residents to connect with the local community.

As part of the charity's creative arts programme, it partnered with inter-generational arts specialist Magic Me and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama students for the project at the Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in Friern Barnet.


Search is on for Holocaust survivors needing aid in Leeds

By John Fisher, August 26, 2015

The Leeds-based Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association is looking to identify survivors and refugees living locally who might need its help.

Having received grants totalling £115,500 from the Six Point Foundation to support elderly survivors living in isolation and poverty, the HSFA believes some eligible people may be unware of the initiative.


30th anniversary plans? I've cycled 2,900 kilometres

August 20, 2015

For most husbands, a 30th anniversary celebration would involve a romantic getaway. For Kevan Green, it entailed a gruelling four weeks on a bike for a 2,900 kilometre fundraiser from Essex to the Laniado Hospital in Netanya.


Veterans meet royals at VJ Day commemoration

By Rosa Doherty, August 20, 2015

Jewish war veterans met the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the 70th anniversary of VJ Day commemoration in Whitehall at the weekend.

Attending with his wife and son was 93-year-old Jack Freedman, from Sutton, who served in the navy.

"There weren't many Jewish soldiers there because it was on Saturday but I think Go'd will let me off for being there," he said.


Youth resource focuses on Israel's Arab citizens

August 20, 2015

An online resource on Israel's Arab citizens have been developed by seven British youth movements.

BBYO, Bnei Akiva, FZY, Habonim Dror, LJY-Netzer, Noam and RSY-Netzer worked on the project in collaboration with the UK Task Force, a coalition of 39 communal organisations.


Cardiff cannot find minister in time for Yomtov

August 20, 2015

Cardiff Reform Synagogue leaders have missed their target of having a rabbi in place for the High Holy-Days.

The congregation has been without a part-time minister since the departure of Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh in February of last year. The intention was for a rabbi to be start work on September 1. But a lengthy search has not borne fruit.


Brushing up on home interiors in Gateshead

By Julia Weiner, August 20, 2015

Artworks depicting the interiors of Gateshead Jewish homes are the core of a local exhibition by London-based artist Naomi Alexander, showcasing her work over the past 50 years.

Running until October 31, Domesticity is Ms Alexander's second solo exhibition at Shipley Art Gallery.

The previous was Once Upon a Time in Lithuania in 2013, during which she was invited to lead an inter-generationa


Shul staffer sacked for not being 'part of community'

By Josh Jackman, August 20, 2015

The non-Jewish theatrical director of a Golders Green synagogue has been shocked by his dismissal for not being "a part of the community".

Simon Rawlings - an acting tutor at the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School - worked for the youth drama programme, Academy, for the Alyth Reform congregation for 14 years.

Mr Rawlings said he was informed of the shul's decision by email.