Community life

Glasgow shul's future at crossroads over support

By Adam Henderson, December 16, 2013

Two deals, each worth several hundred thousand pounds, are being considered by Newton Mearns Synagogue in Glasgow ahead of its AGM on Sunday.

An offer from the London-based United Synagogue would see the organisation take over Newton Mearns’s assets in exchange for support. An alternative deal from the Glasgow Jewish Community Trust is worth £250,000.

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Pleas to restore historic cemetery in Penzance

By pat lidiker, December 16, 2013

The 250-year-old Penzance Jewish Cemetery is in need of £20,000 for a restoration project.

Leslie Lipert, treasurer of Cornwall’s Kehillat Kernow is spearheading a campaign to raise awareness of this “fine example” of a Georgian Jewish cemetery.

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Asthma kills student, 18

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 16, 2013

An 18-year-old Hale student has died from an asthma attack.

Tributes have been paid to Daniella Sciama, from Hale, who died last week. She was a student at Edinburgh University where she was studying economics.

The former Manchester High School for Girls pupil was also a promising artist, with a painting winning recognition at a city-wide award when she was 15.

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Manchester eruv ready to go live

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 16, 2013

Manchester’s first eruv survived gale force winds allowing it to be launched for its first use this Shabbat.

Shabbat observers in Whitefield, are expected to be the first Jews to use an area-wide halachic boundary outside London after 10 years of planning.

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Masorti: money and membership grows

December 16, 2013

A record £70,000 was raised at the Masorti Judaism annual dinner held on Sunday at the New North London Synagogue, up 40 per cent on last year’s event.

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Interlink is first to bag award

December 16, 2013

The Interlink Foundation has been named as the first UK charity to be awarded Level 3 PQASSO Quality Mark by Charities Evaluation Services (CES). Interlink is the membership organisation for Orthodox Jewish charities in the UK and supports 200 charity members.

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Manchester mortuary repaired

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 16, 2013

The Jewish mortuary at Manchester General Hospital has been repaired after a fire in March which caused damaged estimated at £50,000. The fire was started by a discarded cigarette. Although the police did not suspect malicious intent, the hospital has bolstered security measures.

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London artist thanks Israel Museum at a gala dinner that raises £900,000

By Julia Weiner, December 16, 2013

Close to £900,000 was raised at a gala dinner organised by the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel (BFAMI) at the Roundhouse to fund educational projects at the Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum and other museums of Israel.

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Care home chef scoops top trophy

By John Fisher, December 16, 2013

A long-serving kitchen chef landed a top gong at the Donisthorpe Hall annual awards ceremony.

Fourteen members of staff covering the whole spectrum of service from reception and maintenance to laundry, housekeeping and food service to nursing and dementia care, stepped up to accept trophies and a cheque each for £100 in the Leeds residential care home’s Employees of the Year awards.

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Bercow backing Jami's aid work

By Charlotte Oliver, December 9, 2013

John Bercow spoke from the heart on Monday night in support of mental health charity Jami.

Addressing Jami’s annual dinner at The Savoy, the Commons Speaker told the 200 guests: “Believe me: I have seen people who suffer from mental illness. I know even of colleagues who experienced it. I would not wish such problems on my worst enemy.

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