Community life

A new generation gets into the giving mood for welfare

By Sandy Rashty, April 7, 2016

Young Jewish Care supporters have raised a record £175,000 for its mental health services after learning about the growing gulf in giving between generations.

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'Useful' lead in Leeds

April 7, 2016

New Leeds Jewish Representative Council president Laurence Saffer has pledged to be "available, approachable, amenable and affable - but [most] importantly, useful".

Addressing the AGM, held at Leeds Civic Hall, he added: "I am sure that not everyone will agree with everything I do or say.

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St Annes will reduce size but not just yet

April 7, 2016

St Annes Hebrew Congregation is following the trend of smaller regional communities by announcing plans for the redevelopment of its building to incorporate a smaller shul and commercial housing.

Bur president Robert Pinkus stressed this week that the congregation had stabilised after a period of decline and had recently welcomed new members, "mainly people who have come over from Manchester".

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Leukaemia girl's mum honoured for work of memorial charity

April 7, 2016

A woman whose daughter died from leukaemia at the age of 23 has received a British Citizen Award in recognition of her efforts to improve hospital conditions for leukaemia patients.

Cambridge-based Sylvia Morris, 69, established the Karen Morris Memorial Trust in 1999 after Karen lost her battle with chronic myeloid leukaemia.

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Chabad's life-changing stories

March 31, 2016

Seven people whose lives have been changed by Chabad told their stories to the 550 guests at the Chabad UK dinner in central London, which is estimated to have raised more than £500,000.

The speakers ranged in age from 11 to 94, the eldest being north Londoner Aubrey Nelson, who said it had taken him 90 years to find Chabad.

Four years ago, he had been walking near his West Hampstead home w

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Highly rated care home faces uncertain future

March 31, 2016

Newcastle's Philip Cussins residential home has been rated good in all aspects in a new Care Quality Commission report. But the home's chairman, Alan Share, is concerned for its long-term future, given the declining Tyneside Jewish population.

The 20-bed kosher home is sustaining more than three-quarters occupancy and most residents are Jewish.

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Shul and rabbi settle claim of unfair dismissal

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2016

Reading Hebrew Congregation has reached a settlement with its former rabbi and his wife midway through an employment tribunal.

Rabbi Zvi and Dr Shira Solomons had sued for unfair dismissal following their redundancy last May after seven years with the small Orthodox community.

But on the second day of a scheduled three-day hearing in Reading on Wednesday, the parties came to a confidential a

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Hatzola to replace crash car

By Josh Jackman, March 31, 2016

Emergency service Hatzola has already raised more than £23,000 towards an ambulance to replace the one written off in a crash on March 18.

The accident happened in Stamford Hill as volunteers were driving to assist someone in "critical need of medical attention".

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Raising for the roof in Cotswolds

March 31, 2016

Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation members marked the completion of extensive repairs to its Grade II*-listed building with a rededication service.

Shul chair Jenny Silverston said the repairs were mainly to the lantern on top of the dome and to roof slates. "The project cost around £45,000. We had a £19,400 grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.

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Mirvis joins Auschwitz trip

By John Fisher, March 31, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis joined more than 230 people on a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau organised by the United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds. He told participants in the Unity is Strength trip that "heartbreaking visits to concentration camps" served an important educational and memorial purpose.

The mission was given added poignancy by the involvement of Auschwitz survivor Arek Hersh.

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