Community life

A lot of love for Pixie - but survivor steals show

By Sandy Rashty, March 31, 2014

Pixie Lott was the star attraction but the ovation of the night at the Jewish Care young patrons dinner went to Holocaust survivor Renee Salt.

The 350 diners at the Marriott Grosvenor Square fell silent as an emotional Mrs Salt recalled harrowing encounters with Nazi officers.


Shalit comes to London to support Israeli welfare

By Charlotte Oliver, March 31, 2014

Accepting a volunteering award at a British Friends of Shalva dinner in central London, Gilad Shalit likened his time in captivity to the "challenges that Shalva families face on a daily basis".

Shalva supports Israelis of any denomination whose children have a mental or physical disability and the 250 guests were given a flavour of its work.


Women's aid charity appoints new first lady

March 31, 2014

Naomi Dickson will be the new Jewish Women's Aid executive director, succeeding Emma Bell, whose family is relocating to America.

With a background in charitable housing, Ms Dickson has been involved with JWA for many years, initially as a volunteer and then as a staff member.

She has run its refuge service and is currently communications and training co-ordinator.


West End synagogues recognise the benefits of collaborative projects

By Sandy Rashty, March 31, 2014

Three West End Orthodox synagogues have joined forces to plan collaborative events and forge social ties between members.

Representatives from the Western Marble Arch, Central and New West End congregations met this month to "begin to work on many social events", said Beverly Miller, a Western Marble Arch executive board member.


Reform holds Derby days for converts

March 31, 2014

The Movement for Reform Judaism has hosted a first residential weekend for those either contemplating converting to Judaism, in the process of conversion or who have recently converted.

Held in Derbyshire, the event attracted over 30 people from around the country.


Special school is sought for north

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2014

Plans for a Jewish special needs school in Greater Manchester are under discussion. It is estimated that 900 Jewish children in the region require extra educational support and since the closure of the Cheshire-based Delamere secondary school in 2011, there has been no dedicated Jewish special educational needs provision for those aged 11 to 15.


Chief's trip cost queried

March 24, 2014

The cost of the Chief Rabbi's mission to Israel in spring was queried at a meeting of the United Synagogue council on Monday.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis plans to take around 50 rabbis with him in May for his first official visit to the country since taking office last autumn.

But US president Stephen Pack was pressed over whether the outlay was an "appropriate use" of charitable funds by one


Schools' anti-hate course

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2014

An anti-racism programme has been launched for schools which draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Serb massacre of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995.

It has been instigated by the Joseph Interfaith Foundation, a charity supporting Jewish-Muslim dialogue.

While the foundation has been active on campus for a number of years, the Auschwitz and Srebrenica programme, designed for 15-


US to vote in four women trustees

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2014

The United Synagogue this week ushered in historic constitutional changes which will enable women to become trustees of the country's largest Orthodox body in the summer.

Under the new system,which has been approved by both Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and the London Beth Din, the administration will retain a male majority led by a male president.

But the seven trustees, currently all male, wi


Football exhibits strike a chord with Charlton

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 24, 2014

Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton opened the Four Four Jew football exhibition at Manchester Jewish Museum on Monday.

Sir Bobby told the 80 guests that it was a trip down memory lane in more ways than one as he had met his wife yards from the museum's Cheetham Hill Road site.

Previously shown at London's Jewish Museum, the Manchester version has a strong local focus.