Community life

Words on the street

March 19, 2015

Anxiety, responsibility and power were the words used by journalist Jonathan Freedland to summarise the current state of British Jewry, when he addressed more than 100 guests at the Jewish Council for Racial Equality dinner.

The anxiety related to security following the attacks in Paris and Copenhagen.

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Survivors brushing up

March 19, 2015

The art of Holocaust Survivors Centre members has found a wider audience with the opening of an exhibition of their drawings and landscapes at the Wiener Library in central London.

Among the featured artists is Renie Inow, who came to England from Germany on the Kindertransport just before the start of the war.

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Chief's tour

March 19, 2015

During a busy regional weekend, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was at Birmingham's historic Singers Hill Synagogue on Friday evening, where he unveiled a plaque commemorating the restoration of the shul's interior and addressed 175 people at a celebratory dinner.

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Minister waits anxiously to learn if his job is saved

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

The Merseyside rabbi whose job has been under threat because of his Childwall congregation's financial problems has spoken about the stress the uncertainty has caused him and his family.

Childwall members rallied around Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg after the shul announced that it would have to let him go or face exhausting its financial reserves.

Although the groundswell of support persuaded

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It's food for thought on poverty

By Sandy Rashty, March 19, 2015

Israel has one of the world's strongest economies, yet 20 per cent of its citizens live below the poverty line, more than 250 guests were told at a Mayfair dinner which raised £200,000-plus for a food aid charity.

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Our next game? We're away to Manchester City

March 19, 2015

Langdon footballers will soon be taking on the likes of Manchester City - or at least the Premier League champions' learning disability team.

The charity, helping young adults with learning difficulties to live independently, has set up a seven-a-side team with the support of Maccabi GB.

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Joined-up thinking

March 19, 2015

Following mergers between Orthodox congregations in the Redbridge area, two local Liberal communities are taking the first steps towards amalgamation.

Officers from Bet Tikvah, in Newbury Park, and the Woodford Liberal synagogues have agreed that preliminary merger negotiations should take place.

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Joseph stars for Stamford Hill audience

March 19, 2015

Lesley Joseph gave a bravura performance when she visited Jewish Care's Brenner Centre in Stamford Hill on Tuesday.

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100-year-old drives to his JDA party

March 19, 2015

David Stellman has become the first member of the UK Jewish deaf community to celebrate a 100th birthday, according to the Jewish Deaf Association.

The JDA member drove himself and his partner, Joan Weinberg, 85, to the association's Finchley centre for a party with friends, staff and volunteers.

Mr Stellman worked in his father's Hatton Garden jewellery business.

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Let's drink to better disabled access

March 12, 2015

A campaign by a Jewish Care resident to make Golders Green shops more accessible for wheelchair users has led to the local Starbucks providing full disabled access after a renovation.

Matthew Kayne, 31, who lives at the charity's Rela Goldhill Lodge, said disabled customers had difficulty accessing stores in Golders Green Road.

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