Community life

Volunteers of all ages are honoured on awards night

September 11, 2014

Volunteers from teenagers to near centenarians were honoured at a ceremony at JW3's Finchley Road premises on Monday.

The Wohl/Jewish Volunteering Network awards recognise "the enormous range of volunteering roles in the Jewish community".


Poster boy's exhibition 'as good as we've put on'

September 11, 2014

Welcoming 130 guests to the opening of a major retrospective on the work of designer Abram Games at the Jewish Museum in Camden on Sunday, museum chair Lord Young said it was "as good an exhibition as we've put on".


School's 'galling' plan for burial site

By Cathy Forman, September 11, 2014

Bristol Jewish leaders have accused the city council and a local school of insensitivy after not being consulted over a building plan for a medieval Jewish cemetery site.

Queen Elizabeth's Hospital school has submitted proposals to add a classroom block to its Brandon Hill premises. When the school was built in 1846, Jewish graves were uncovered.


Masorti gets the taste for growth

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2014

Masorti Judaism is looking to spread its wings with initiatives planned in a number of new locations.

Its chief executive Matt Plen reported that there had been two activities in Muswell Hill, "we're doing an initial activity in Mill Hill and we're also looking at launching a study group in south Manchester".


East End clubbers enjoy final night

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

Former members of a Jewish boys' club opened in London's East End in 1924 gathered for final reunion dinner in central London this week.

Reunion committee chair Monty Meth, 88, said it was "the end of an era" for those who attended the Cambridge and Bethnal Green Jewish Boys' Club, which closed its doors in 1989.


He's now heading the Fed

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2014

London Rabbi Avi Lazarus started work this week as the Federation of Synagogues' new chief executive.


Police patrols stepped up in Gateshead after Shabbat robberies

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 4, 2014

Following the jailing of two men for robbing Gateshead Jewish homes left unlocked on Shabbat, Northumbria police have announced increased security measures in the area.

David Fox and Patrick Chambers, who both gave their address as Durham Prison, pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to burgling four homes. The robberies took place over a 90-minute period in May.


Kerem is top of the class with inspectors

September 4, 2014

Pupils and staff of the Kerem Primary in Hampstead Garden Suburb are back to school on a high following the announcement of an impressive assessment by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Kerem was adjudged excellent in all eight categories of the report by ISI. The grade is equivalent to "outstanding" in the ratings of Ofsted, whose work ISI mirrors.


Leeds rabbi says goodbye - but not the reason why

By John Fisher, September 4, 2014

Congregants of the United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds who attended the Shabbat morning service hoping to discover the reasons for the sudden departure of Rabbi Daniel Levy left little the wiser.


Here, bear, everywhere - the time they took Teddy on tour

August 28, 2014

In 2006, 18-year-old Cassie Matus set off on her Israel gap year with Habonim Dror with an unusual companion - a teddy bear dressed rather similarly to her. "My mum gave her to me as a mascot. It was basically a bear version of me," she recalled.