Community life

Their Gift to the needy

July 17, 2014

US Chesed and Gift joined forces on Sunday to collect food for families in need. Stationed outside Waitrose in Temple Fortune, Tesco stores in Hendon, Golders Green and Edgware, B Kosher in Hendon, Kosher Kingdom in Golders Green and Mendy's in Edgware, the volunteers collected essentials donated by shoppers.

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Golders Green growing once again

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

After years of declining membership, Golders Green Synagogue is on the up again thanks in large part to a £4 million redevelopment project. The redevelopment has seen the opening of the Rimon Primary School on the synagogue site, as well as a major repair and refurbishment programme.

Shul chairman Prof Benny Chain reported a membership increase of 70, taking them up to almost 600.

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Locals rubbish collection cuts

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 17, 2014

Strictly Orthodox families have joined the protests against Bury Council's move to cut rubbish collections to once every three weeks, the first English borough to do so.

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Ofsted rating pleases Sacks Morasha chiefs

July 17, 2014

Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary in Finchley has been rated "good with outstanding features" in its first Ofsted inspection since becoming voluntary-aided in April 2013.

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Flowering talent puts it down to his iPad app

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 17, 2014

A Salford 22-year-old with profound speech impediments who has learned to communicate using an iPad has won a string of awards for his horticultural work.

Moishy Hassell, who attends Langdon College, had found it impossible to communicate with anyone outside of family and close acquaintances.

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Murdered teen's family is moved by pledges

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 17, 2014

Over 100 cards from Manchester families have been delivered to the home of murdered Israeli teenager Naftali Frenkel. The cards contained messages of hope and commitments from members of south Manchester synagogues to charities and communal organisations which would be performed in memory of the three young Israelis murdered in the West Bank.

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Tribute to leading lady

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2014

Hull Wizo has held its largest fundraising event in years, collecting thousands of pounds for disadvantaged children in memory of a former leader.

Avril Rowland died last year following an eight-year battle against cancer. She had been a community stalwart, holding a number of charity committee positions and volunteering for hundreds of hours for Jewish and non-Jewish groups across the city.

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St Albans finally gets its man after a 50-year wait

By Jay Grenby, July 14, 2014

St Albans United Synagogue is ready to welcome its first rabbi and rebbetzin for more than 50 years, following members' unanimous approval of the appointment of Rabbi Daniel Sturgess and his wife Alli.

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Landaus are relishing the good life in Kingston

By Jay Grenby, July 14, 2014

As Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue is the full title of Kingston's United congregation, Surbiton-set self-sufficiency sitcom The Good Life was an apt theme for the induction of Rabbi Samuel and Shoshana Landau, who have a joint leadership role.

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Cardiff builds on goodwill

July 14, 2014

The prayer houses of Cardiff United Synagogue's two cemeteries will be renovated using the proceeds from a celebrity dinner at which actress Ruth Madoc was guest speaker. A brochure, raffle and auction contributed to the £70,000 raised.

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