Community life

Genius end to series

By Rosa Doherty, July 30, 2015

Finishing as runner-up in Channel 4's Child Genius contest was not a disappointment for Henrietta Barnett pupil Sasha Gordon, who had not expected to make it beyond the first round, "let alone be in the final two".

Sasha, 12, was "really proud I kept going.


UJIA looks back on its twin peaks

July 30, 2015

A beneficiary of UJIA's Ethiopian bar/batmitzvah twinning programme addressed around 100 former participants and family members at a 10th anniversary reunion at St John's Wood Synagogue.

Silanet Mekonan, 18, who made aliyah from Ethiopia in 2006, said that "if it wasn't for this project, I would not have had a batmitzvah.

"My parents did not have the time to deal with this.


The Ladies who Lunch: We're raising our profile - and funds

By Sandy Rashty, July 30, 2015

It all started with the women of Wizo, founded in 1918, who in the intervening near-century have raised tens of millions for Israel's most needy.

Generations of women have come together in support of the welfare organisation and it was once considered the charity for "ladies who lunch".


Finchley Federation PR drive draws crowd

By Jay Grenby, July 30, 2015

An intensive Finchley Federation publicity campaign to promote its new home in Victoria Avenue paid off when its launch Shabbat service attracted more than 150 people - three times the normal turnout.


Delay in care costs cap is 'a blow to elderly'

By Josh Jackman, July 23, 2015

A four-year delay in capping care costs and increasing the level of assets those in residential care can retain has been condemned as "a real blow to many older people and their families".


'Poaching' row over Radlett's rabbi

By Simon Rocker, July 23, 2015

Richmond Synagogue has complained that the move of its rabbi to a larger United Synagogue after barely two years in the post undermined the "dynamics of a small community".

Rabbi Jonathan Hughes is to leave Richmond later this year to become the spiritual leader of the Radlett congregation in Hertfordshire.


Ivy House regulars bemoan closure

By Josh Jackman, July 23, 2015

It is a week until the London Jewish Cultural Centre closes its doors at Ivy House in Golders Green following the merger with JW3, where some of its activities have transferred.


NHS backs survey on Charedi health needs

By Josh Jackman, July 23, 2015

The NHS is funding a comprehensive study of the health needs of the large strictly Orthodox community in Salford.

Manchester Jewish Care Forum chair Jonny Wineberg and psychologist Dr Sandi Mann are heading the £10,000 project.


Little Bicks gets bigger

By Jay Grenby, July 23, 2015

Little Bicks will be running a fourth London area nursery from September, having taken over the premises of the nursery at Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue. The group - already operating in Borehamwood, Mill Hill and Ilford - is promising reduced prices and a lower starting age of 18 months.


Joining the Fed

July 23, 2015

Kehillas Netzach Yisroel in Edgware is to join the Federation of Synagogues as a constituent member after 16 years as an independent congregation.

Established as a Seed Shabbat morning minyan in 1999, Netzach Yisroel has grown from 15 families to 100.

Gateshead-born Rabbi Dovid Roberts has been its spiritual leader since 2001.