Community life

Norwich pleads for funds to refurbish 'grim' premises

By Josh Jackman, May 9, 2016

Norwich Hebrew Congregation has issued an SOS for communal support towards refurbishing its "grim, demoralising" synagogue hall, having exhausted aid possibilities from the non-Jewish market.

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Rabbi says Yomtov participants cause damage in long run

By Josh Jackman, April 27, 2016

A United Synagogue rabbi has criticised communal charities which fielded runners in the London Marathon, held on the second day of Pesach, for "weakening our community".

At least half-a-dozen Jewish organisations were represented in Sunday's race. Others decided against involvement, hoping that the loss of revenue would be offset by the promise of extra places for 2017.

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We're raising funds and awareness

April 27, 2016

Three friends with a long-time connection to Redbridge Jewish Community Centre were among Jewish Care's team of five, which raised more than £11,000.

The trio - Liam Stein, Adam Goldman and Josh Wynne - grew up attending RJCC and went on to become leaders.

Aiming high, Mr Wynne wrote to Buckingham Palace asking the Queen for sponsorship.

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New York couple go the distance

April 27, 2016

Long distance runners Melanie Bernitz and Brad Katcher came from New York to race in aid of World Jewish Relief, crossing the line hand-in-hand in a time of 4:56.

"It was the most amazing day," Ms Bernitz said.

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Racing to £50k windfall

April 27, 2016

Norwood fielded the largest communal contingent of runners, who generated £50,000 for the children and families organisation. It included one of the fastest charity finishers, Andrea Fraquelli, who clocked 2:48.

Another of the group, Lawrence Glass, said hearing family and friends cheer him on around mile 24 "was an incredible feeling.

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Failing care home brings in turnaround specialist

By John Fisher, April 27, 2016

After being deemed "not safe, not effective [and] not well led" by the Care Quality Commission, Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall has brought in outside management.

At the first of three hastily convened meetings for residents' relatives, Donisthorpe's trustees chair Andrew Brown pledged that care would improve under Bam Healthcare's administration.

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Why Winston gave up Hollywood for Pesach

By Josh Jackman, April 27, 2016

Producer Ben Winston missed the latest episodes of his hit American TV programme The Late Late Show with James Corden to be with his family for Pesach.

It was the first time in close-on 200 shows that he had not been on set for the tapings, he told a sold-out UJIA and Maccabi GB event in Hampstead on Monday.

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Celebrating Sephardim

April 27, 2016

A festival of Sephardi and Mizrahi culture at JW3 in Finchley Road on Sunday and Monday will showcase their history, music and literature.

Chef Claudia Roden, Britain's senior Sephardi rabbi, Joseph Dweck, and author Naomi Alderman will be among those involved.

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Ruby's birthday chat with the Queen

By Naomi Firsht, April 27, 2016

Maidenhead Synagogue member Ruby Pitch is the same age as the Queen. And last Thursday, Mrs Pitch was one of a group of local 90-year-olds who chatted to the monarch at Windsor Guildhall before a lunch hosted by the Maidenhead and Windsor Mayor.

"It is quite a surreal thing," Mrs Pitch said. "You feel like you are dreaming when you see her coming towards you.

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