Community life

JFS passes inspection

By Simon Rocker, January 8, 2015

JFS, the country's largest Jewish school, has been praised for the quality of its Jewish education by Pikuach, the Board of Deputies-run inspection service.

A report published this week rates the school's Jewish studies as good overall, with a number of outstanding features. Inspectors found "a very positive and healthy climate for learning.


Chazan quits on health grounds

By Naomi Firsht, January 8, 2015

St John's Wood Synagogue chazan Moshe Haschel will retire for health reasons after Shavuot.

Mr Haschel, who has served the congregation for 19 years, will be returning to Israel.


'X Factor moment' for entrepreneurs

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2015

Two twentysomethings keen to improve Jewish life in London have won a £3,300 award to advance their idea.

Magen David Adom fundraising head Daniel Rickman, 28, and law student Charlotte Hamilton, 25, pitched an idea for an online portal for young professionals to investors at the Jewish Student Leadership Foundation's annual convention in Jerusalem.


School's out as the water goes off

By Josh Jackman, January 8, 2015

Liverpool King David students enjoyed an extended winter holiday when a problem with the water supply forced the closure of the campus on Monday and Tuesday.

When the issue was discovered on Monday morning, parents of primary pupils were asked to collect their children.


Liberals decide on a new name

By Jay Grenby, January 8, 2015

The North Herts Liberal Jewish Community has voted to change its name to Stevenage Liberal Synagogue, reflecting its principal base and growing profile in the area.

Established four years ago by local residents who met informally for occasional services in their homes, membership has grown to around 50, with twice-monthly services in local community centres and regular social activities.


Top rabbi to make UK tour

By Simon Rocker, January 8, 2015

One of Israel's most high-profile modern Orthodox rabbis will undertake a speaking tour next month organised by the new UK branch of an Israeli education organisation.

Rabbi David Stav - a candidate last year for Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi - will be brought here by Lavi Olami, founded three years ago to broaden the appeal of religious Zionism and to offer a fresh perspective on Israel.


Photographic memories of LJCC volunteer

January 8, 2015

Sir Nicholas Hytner, Grayson Perry, Howard Jacobson, Zoe Wanamaker and Lord Bragg are among celebrity London Jewish Cultural Centre speakers captured on camera by Adrian Dell since LJCC moved to Ivy House in 2005.

To mark the 10-year anniversary, some of Dr Dell's favourite portraits will be exhibited from next Monday in the café of the Golders Green centre.

Dr Dell honed his picture-taking


Volunteer army serves up some festive magic

By Rosa Doherty, January 2, 2015

Hundreds of community members showed true festive spirit by volunteering over the holiday period.

Jewish Volunteering Network director Leonie Lewis said they had their busiest year matching volunteers both young and old up to worthy causes.

The Green family, who were matched up with Lambeth-based charity People Care At Christmas, helped out by providing lunch for 350 elderly people.


Lottery aid in Lancaster

By pat lidiker, January 2, 2015

Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community has received a £10,000 Lottery award for events during January commemorating the Holocaust.

In the weeks leading up to January 27, planned events by a steering group — which includes representatives from the Jewish community and other faith groups — will include educational visits to schools and an arts exhibition at the Dukes Theatre.


Bournemouth shul's search for site hits 'dead end'

January 2, 2015

Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation’s leaders called a special general meeting to discuss the sale of its 110-year-old town centre synagogue and relocation to new premises.

More than 100 members expressed their views about Wootton Gardens having become unsuitable as it requires modernisation, is in the “wrong” neighbourhood and in need of repairs.