Community life

Leeds shul goes into the deli business

March 23, 2016

The Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue in Leeds has acquired a second food store, Myers Famous Kosherie, which will trade as the Moortown Deli.

BHH bought the assets and goodwill of the deli, which had been trading under a Company Voluntary Arrangement, allowing a business with debt problems to reach a voluntary agreement with creditors.

A shul spokesman said that, without its intervention, th


Interfaith May day boosts Muslim social action effort

March 23, 2016

Theresa May joined Muslim and Jewish volunteers cooking a three-course meal for the homeless on the Muslim equivalent of Mitzvah Day.

The Home Secretary was part of a team of 14 cooks preparing food at JW3 in Finchley Road during Sadaqa Day, which is modelled on, and partnered with, Mitzvah Day. The meals were taken to Ashford Place, a homeless charity based in Cricklewood.


Early risers Jump to it making £50k for Ort

March 23, 2016

The 250 guests at ORT UK's 19th annual business breakfast heard how Ort Jump, the mentoring programme for year 12 students, has now been extended beyond Jewish schools, with the recent launch at La Santa Union, a Catholic school in Camden.

The morning featured media impresario Lord Grade interviewing Lloyd Dorfman, one of the UK's leading businessmen and philanthropists.


Leeds shul picks city's first woman head

By John Fisher, March 23, 2016

Leeds Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue has elected Rosalind Peters as president of the shul, the first woman to hold that position in the city.

"Who would have thought when I was invited to be shul secretary 23 years ago that now I am spearheading a new era at the shul," Mrs Peters said.

Mrs Peters is passionate about leading the 1,200-member shul into its next chapter.


Busy lines engage Scots supporters

March 23, 2016

Telephone lines were kept busy when more than 1,000 phone calls were made by 20 volunteers to members of Glasgow's Jewish community asking them to donate money to ensure the survival of Cosgrove Care's support services.

Walter Hecht, Cosgrove Care's chief executive said: "We do appreciate the number of requests people receive from charities and this year, as in previous years, we have been amaz


Night time is better for UJIA

March 17, 2016

Café de Paris in the heart of London's West End was the glittering venue for the launch of UJIA's Ladies' Night on Monday, raising funds for Jewish youth programmes in the UK.


Leeds kosher food outlet transfers ownership

By John Fisher, March 17, 2016

Leeds Gourmet Foods, managed for over a century by Etz Chaim Synagogue members, is now under new management: Yankees Meats Leeds.

Etz Chaim president Malcolm Taylor said: "Times change and we need to change with them to ensure a positive future for Gourmet."

Etz Chaim members belong to the Leeds Jewish Workers Co-operative (LJW) which owns Gourmet Foods, and for over 100 years the Alwoodley


Royals back campaigner's wish to open minds to mental health

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin has said that speaking to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was "like talking to friends".

The ambassador for mental health charity Jami was meeting the duke and duchess ahead of a film screening about suicide prevention.

"We really could have talked for hours," Mr Benjamin said.


£2.50 proves rather nifty for Jewish Care centres

March 17, 2016

Kosher Deli customers have been showing their generosity by adding £2.50 to their shopping bill at its five stores in north west London to subsidise kosher meals for older people who visit Jewish Care's community centres across London and the south east.

Over the past three months shop staff have scanned the additional bar code 1,600 times for customers wishing to make a donation, raising £4,


Holiday camp closes its doors after a century

By Naomi Firsht, March 17, 2016

A summer camp which had provided free holidays for underprivileged children for 100 years has had to close its doors due to a poor take-up of places.

The Jewish Children's Holiday Fund ran annual two-week holidays for eight to 11-year-olds, but this year, it had to cancel after fewer than 20 children signed up for the summer.

Charity chairman Ian Donoff said: "It wasn't worth it to run our o