Community life

Job-share rabbis to leave Wimbledon

By Simon Rocker, June 2, 2014

Wimbledon Synagogue will be looking for new spiritual leadership to replace the rabbinic duo who have held the reins for 11 years.

The South London Reform congregation was one of the first synagogues to introduce a job-sharing arrangement, engaging Rabbis Sybil Sheridan and Sylvia Rothschild.

The two rabbis attended on different days during the week and alternated over Shabbat.

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Southern comfort from London school's plan

By Barry Toberman, June 2, 2014

With a mixture of pride and excitement, Kate Baum takes visitors through architects’ plans for the permanent home for south London’s first Jewish school, Mosaic.

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Chatham shul in major art launch

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2014

An independent synagogue in the south-east of England has launched a national arts campaign, in a bid to bring more attention to regional Jewish communities.

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Concern for orphans in Odessa homes

May 19, 2014

The impact of the volatile situation in Ukraine on the Tikva homes in Odessa for abandoned or at-risk Jewish youngsters was highlighted at a dinner held by Tikva UK at the Millennium Hotel, Grosvenor Square, which raised over £1 million.

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Changing of guard in Manchester

By Simon Round, May 19, 2014

In his farewell report to Manchester Jewish Representative Council, outgoing president Frank Baigel said it had been an "honour to represent the community which has high status in the civic life of this region.

"One thing is clear. We now have a louder voice in national Jewish circles as befits the second largest community in the UK. But there is still much more to do"

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Peaking nicely at 50

By Rosa Doherty, May 19, 2014

Most people celebrate their 50th with a party. Lauren Kraftman signed up to climb 3 mountains in 24 hours.

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Learning together

May 19, 2014

A proposed learning centre will bring together children from the Bushey, Pinner and Stanmore and Canons Park United Synagogue communities.

The plan is for the Aleph Learning Centre NW to open at the beginning of next academic year.

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Service user who stole the show at women's awards

By Sandy Rashty, May 19, 2014

Women of Distinction were honoured at Jewish Care's annual WoD fundraising lunch on Monday. But the biggest ovation from the 200 guests at the Institute of Directors went to service user Susan Schlaen, a resident at the charity's Sidney Corob House for adults with mental health issues.

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Kisharon dinner earns £700k towards 'revolutionising' services

By Charlotte Oliver, May 19, 2014

Kisharon projects "which will revolutionise provision in our community" were outlined at the learning disability charity's gala dinner in central London on Sunday.

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Liberals heed conference calls for progression

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2014

Some people believe religion and politics should not mix. But Rabbi Jonah Pesner, senior-president of the Union of Reform Judaism in North America, is not among them.

His keynote speech to Liberal Judaism's biennial conference at the weekend was a stirring call to action. "To be a Progressive Jew is to put a stake in the ground for a political vision of a just society," he declared.

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