Community life

Roux helps to cook up a heartwarming night

By Barry Toberman, May 20, 2016

Two television personalities featured prominently in educational charity Langdon's annual dinner at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.

One was double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jnr, whose Channel 4 series Kitchen Impossible trained young people with learning disabilities to work in a commercial kitchen.


Meal with wine? Try the charity shop

By Barry Toberman, May 20, 2016

Changes in communal charity shops in recent years have included modernised outlets that look comfortably at home in the high street, retailing top brand names that attract the fashionistas.

Now mental health charity Jami has taken the concept a significant stage further by adding a café and meeting space to its Golders Green Road shop.

The plan is to open from breakfast until late evening a


The pluck of the Irish is celebrated on 70th

May 20, 2016

Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation celebrated its 70th anniversary with a sold-out gala dinner during a packed weekend of events attended by leaders of other faiths.

The British, Israeli and Austrian ambassadors and members of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum were among guests at a Friday night service incorporating the induction of Rabbi Charles Middleburgh as DJPC rabbi emeritus.



Gang attack survivor praises Neshama's 'life-saving' help

By John Fisher, May 20, 2016

A victim of a vicious gang attack told the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board dinner how the charity's Neshama mental health service had been a "lifesaver".

Addressing the 200 guests, Daniel Saville said his heart had stopped beating at one point and he spent a long spell in hospital.


Rabbi's amicable pay cut

By Josh Jackman, May 20, 2016

A north London rabbi's salary has been reduced through "a mutual decision".

The announcement on the pay of Rabbi Moshe Mayerfeld of Shomrei Hadath Synagogue in Hampstead was made at the congregation's AGM on Sunday.

Rabbi Mayerfeld, who has served the modern Orthodox community for two years, attributed the salary cut to his increasing workload with outreach organisation Aish.

"It was just


US sorry for Mill Hill dates clash

By Josh Jackman, May 20, 2016

The United Synagogue has apologised for a clash between Monday's Mill Hill Synagogue AGM and an open meeting to discuss a potential US congregation in Mill Hill East.

A US spokesman accepted that the clash was "unfortunate and we apologise for any concerns this may raise.


Tikva's got talent, says Walliams

May 20, 2016

David Walliams brought star quality to Tikva UK's dinner in London's Mayfair which raised more than£1 million for Tikva children's homes in Odessa, Ukraine.

The emotional impact was in the story of Raya Skakun. Brought to Tikva at the age of six, she grew up in its homes. "Tikva gave me that hope for a better life that I didn't know I deserved," she said.


Mirvis pins hopes on new 'heroes'

By Josh Jackman, May 12, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has called for community members to be "a new generation of heroes", prepared to take up the educational baton from Holocaust survivors.


Story of abused mum moves JWA supporters

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2016

An emotional letter from a domestic abuse victim was read out by actress Alison Steadman at Tuesday's annual fundraising lunch for Jewish Women's Aid.

The letter was from a young mother, given the pseudonym Becca, who left her husband a year ago after receiving support from JWA.

"For a while I just suffered quietly, thinking what I was going through was normal," she wrote.


Barnet backs £10m housing

May 12, 2016

Plans for a £10 million redevelopment of Jewish Care buildings in Hendon to provide 32 one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments for older people have been approved by Barnet Council.

The six-storey Ella and Ridley Jacobs home and the adjacent Sam Beckman dementia day care facility were closed at the end of last year with residents and members relocated to a new facility in the charit