Community life

Jami moves into new era with Finchley purchase

January 25, 2016

Mental health charity Jami has relocated from Golders Green to north Finchley, having purchased a property in Christchurch Avenue from Mind in Barnet for its resource hub, the Elliott Simmons Centre for Wellbeing. Mind will continue to operate from the upstairs rooms, offering the potential for collaborative activities.

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Berger paints a healthy picture

By John Fisher, January 25, 2016

Shadow Mental Health Minister Luciana Berger spoke about the challenge in changing perceptions on mental health when she addressed Leeds Jewish Welfare Board’s patrons dinner on Sunday. “Mental health needs to be a priority alongside physical health as it has been overlooked for far too long,” the Liverpool Wavertree MP said.

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Big brother stars get backing from Boris

January 25, 2016

Boris Johnson has presented Camp Simcha volunteers with a Team London award, recognising exceptional service.

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‘Schools not preparing pupils for job market’

January 25, 2016

A charity helping unemployed Jews from London and the suburbs to find work is reporting increased demand from school leavers and new graduates.

Finchley-based Resource supported 415 new clients last year, just shy of the record 427 who registered in 2014.

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Federation sells spare cemetery land for £8.3m

By Simon Rocker, January 25, 2016

The Federation of Synagogues has received a huge boost to its expansion plans after selling spare land at its Rainham cemetery in Essex for £8.3 million.

Around 20 acres inside the cemetery wall have been sold, along with land owned in the adjoining Spring Farm, to an organisation which owns several cemeteries in the UK.

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Rise of worrying attitudes

January 25, 2016

CST communications director Mark Gardner told a Holocaust symposium that the hope that antisemitism would become “an ugly irrelevance” had been shattered by a steady escalation in hate crime and a continuing Jihadist terrorist threat.

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Norwood care home is rated among the UK's top one per cent

By Barry Toberman, January 22, 2016

A Norwood care home in Stanmore has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, putting it among the top one per cent of services inspected by the CQC.

30 Old Church Lane - home to eight people with learning disabilities - received an unannounced inspection in November.

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Top Tory joins Glasgow's guest list

By Josh Jackman, January 18, 2016

Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson condemned anti-Israel boycotts as "futile and wrong" during an open meeting organised by Glasgow Jewish Representative Council on Monday.

Mrs Davidson, who attended with her deputy Jackson Carlaw, stressed her party's support for Israel and dealt with topics including antisemitism during an hour-long Q&A.

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Maya, 10, sings for Syrians

By Rosa Doherty, January 18, 2016

Moved by the plight of Syrian refugees, 10-year-old Maya Wiseman enlisted fellow pupils at Finchley's Martin Primary School to record a charity CD, which has already raised almost £5,000.

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Morgan recalls her 'life-changing' visit

By Josh Jackman, January 18, 2016

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has described her visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau as "truly life-changing" in shaping her thinking about the Holocaust.

Mrs Morgan - who made the trip in 2012 with students from her Loughborough constituency - was speaking before the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lord Merlyn-Rees memorial lecture at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday.

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