Community life

The food goes first at Kosher Food and Wine Experience

By Naomi Firsht, February 16, 2015

Suited City boys, young marrieds and a good number of strictly Orthodox were among over 700 people who converged on the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel for a night of conspicuous consumption.

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Mirvis addresses Muslim dinner in Cardiff

By Simon Rocker, February 16, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has, for the first time, been guest of honour at a Muslim dinner, delivering a keynote speech to the Muslim Council of Wales.

Addressing a Cardiff audience of 400 including Lesley Griffiths, Communities Minister of the Welsh Assembly, he emphasised his commitment to Muslim-Jewish co-operation, calling for greater dialogue in challenging times.

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They're ready to face the music for Emunah

February 16, 2015

Sisters at JFS and an Israeli-born pianist are among the 20 finalists in the Emunah Young Musician and Singer of the Year contests, which will be held at London’s Royal Academy of Music on March 1.

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It's £90k at 90 for MDA volunteer

February 16, 2015

To mark the 90th birthday of Magen David Adom’s oldest volunteer, Norman Feingold, friends and family from the UK raised £90,000 for a mobile intensive care unit in his honour. The donation was celebrated at a Jerusalem ceremony attended by UK and Israeli supporters.

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Notts Liberals ties to Shoah bring tears

February 16, 2015

A Nottingham civic leader wept when seeing a rescued sefer Torah at a 50th anniversary celebration of the city’s Liberal congregation.

Nottinghamshire County Council chair Pauline Allan was “moved to tears when the Ark opened and I saw the scrolls and how they represent the survival of the Jewish people after the Holocaust”.

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Jewish Care and Pinner shul link-up

February 16, 2015

Jewish Care has teamed up with Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue to launch a fortnightly outreach club supporting locals experiencing memory loss.

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Merged South Woodford and Waltham Forest shuls get started

February 16, 2015

The Woodford Forest United Synagogue, formed by the merger of the Wanstead and Woodford and Waltham Forest congregations, has held its first Shabbat services. The merged congregation is worshipping in the Churchfields building that was home to Wanstead and Woodford and has a membership of over 1,200. Rabbi Yaakov Singer is its interim minister.

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Dinner with top IDF brass

February 16, 2015

The IDF’s first woman major-general, Orna Barbivai, discussed her role in the return of Gilad Shalit at the British Friends of Migdal Ohr dinner in central London on Monday.

It was “inspirational to see a whole nation come together to bring home one single soldier,” she told 270 supporters of the charity, set up to help “at risk” children.

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Masorti panel is split on UK Jewish future

By Rosa Doherty, February 16, 2015

A heated debate on the future of British Jewry in the light of rising antisemitism was a highlight of a Masorti educational and cultural day at the New North London Synagogue in Finchley.

At a “Question Time” session during the annual Yom Masorti programme, panellists were asked if they agreed with Maureen Lipman’s comment that Jews were no longer safe in Britain.

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Met chief is an admirer of Hill street patrols

By Simon Rocker, February 16, 2015

London’s second most senior policeman visited Stamford Hill to salute the work of the local division of Shomrim, the Orthodox community safety patrol.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey praised the volunteer group’s “exceptional” contribution at its second annual meeting.

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