Community life

Building up occupancy thanks to £1.6m scheme

June 6, 2016

The jLiving housing association has started work on a £1.6 million project to build 10 flats at Wolfson Court in Golders Green. They will add to the nine apartments constructed at Wolfson Court last year.

Each of the one-bedroom flats will be built to mobility standards with lift access and energy efficient communal heating and hot water.

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Hill start towards eastern synagogue

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

An inaugural meeting for people interested in establishing a United Synagogue congregation in Mill Hill East attracted a turnout of 50, including officers of nearby synagogues.

Activities for children and explanatory services were among the issues raised, co-host Avi Gillis reported.

But most importantly, "people were just so happy at the thought they could have some kind of communal provis

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Movements warn on march racism

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

Four youth movements have issued an open letter condemning the racism connected to the annual Yom Yerushalayim march, celebrating the 1967 liberation of Jerusalem.

Noam, RSY-Netzer, LJY-Netzer and Habonim Dror have called on the Israeli authorities to guard against "the expression of racist attitudes" during this year's march.

Being staged on Sunday, on the eve of Ramadan, it will again pass

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The Fed wins royal honour

June 6, 2016

The UK's highest accolade for volunteer groups, the Queen's Award, has been awarded to Manchester welfare charity The Fed.

It will be presented in July to The Fed's Juliette Pearce and Diane Richardson, who last week attended a Buckingham Palace garden party.

Its 550-plus volunteers are being invited by the charity to a "thank you" celebration.

Mrs Richardson, the charity's South Manchest

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He's best for the West

June 6, 2016

Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman told his induction ceremony at the New West End Synagogue that it was "a pleasure to work alongside a strong lay leadership who know how to balance professionalism with congeniality and humour.

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Cat-walkers

June 6, 2016

More than half the 400 people who took part in the second Lewisham Borough Faith Walk enjoyed a kiddush at Catford and Bromley Synagogue, whose chair, Joe Burchell, came up with the original walk idea. Political, civic and religious leaders joined the walkers, who visited five other faith buildings in the area.

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Northern youth losing out through leadership gaps

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

Manchester youth are suffering the effects of a long-term lack of leadership provision, the local Jewish representative council chair has warned.

Jonny Wineberg said that since the closure of the Jewish Youth Project in 2009 after an unsuccessful bid for Lottery funding, "you can see the gaps".

In the late 1990s there were five community youth workers.

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Constructive gains will boost Maidenhead

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

Maidenhead Synagogue is opening new facilities this summer to keep up with the demands of a rapidly expanding community.

Ongoing construction is the third project in three decades for the Berkshire Reform congregation, whose membership of 821 families has raised more than £500,000 to fund more outdoor spaces and a dedicated youth area.

There will also be extra space for the 184 children who

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Injured Jewish veteran wins bronze at Invictus Games

By JC Reporter, June 1, 2016

A Kingston Liberal Synagogue member has performed swimmingly in the Invictus Games in Orlando for injured service personnel, taking bronze in the 50 metres backstroke.

Sue Warner said her success in the multi-sport event created by Prince Harry had been "a moment to cherish. I just couldn't believe it. Everyone was cheering so loudly and I had to pinch myself that it was for me."

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Rock star rebbetzins learn from Gibraltar trip with Valerie Mirvis

May 27, 2016

Forty rebbetzins from London, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Hong Kong spent two days in Gibraltar on a leadership trip fronted by Valerie Mirvis, wife of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

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