Community life

Survivors meet the Queen at garden party

By JCReporter, May 15, 2015

Holocaust survivors were invited to a Buckingham Palace garden party in recognition of their contribution to Shoah education.

Two of the group, Cirla Lewis and Susan Pollack, met the Queen.

Ms Lewis, a "hidden child", said it had been "an honour to tell her about my story. What a marvellous country we live in."


They're winning the vote in the regions

May 14, 2015

In the local elections held outside London on general election day, seven Hertsmere Jewish Tories were re-elected, including last year's mayor, Paul Morris, and the council leader, Morris Bright. New faces on the council are Rabbi Alan Plancey - who is already a Hertfordshire county councillor - and Gary Silver.


Leeds chefs making a meal of their training

By John Fisher, May 14, 2015

The visit of Israeli chef Yossi Elud from award-winning Soho restaurant, The Palomar, to Leeds' MAZ community centre inspired eight amateur chefs to cook up a storm.

Under the tutelage of Mr Elud, Chloe Mitchell, Sara Graham, Rebecca Manning, Michele Jackson, Mike Sheaf, Andrew Lewis, Ayala Graham and Sarah Gould put their culinary skills to the test.


Gosh, you've grown into a fundraising sensation

By Sandy Rashty, May 7, 2015

First there was the "no make-up selfies" social media campaign that raised £8 million for Cancer Research UK. Then came the global "ALS ice bucket challenge", which generated £65 million for research into the neurodegenerative disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

Now two Jewish friends have started the #thenandnow campaign to raise funds for London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (Gosh).


Norwood celebrates its royal double century of patronage

May 7, 2015

Two hundred years ago, Norwood's earliest incarnation, the Jews' Hospital, became the first Jewish charity to have a royal patron.


Toon fans support 60th

By Jay Grenby, May 7, 2015

There is little to commend being a Newcastle United FC supporter at present. But a group of "sad" Newcastle fans belonging to Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue put aside their footballing misery to sponsor a kiddush for the shul's 60th anniversary.


Another Tabick takes to the pulpit

By Simon Rocker, May 7, 2015

The New North London Synagogue has appointed student rabbi Roni Tabick as assistant minister.

Mr Tabick, 32, who is shortly to receive his Conservative rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, is the son of Reform rabbis Jackie and Larry Tabick.


Irish museum wins temporary reprieve

By Josh Jackman, May 7, 2015

Dublin's Irish Jewish Museum, which has been under threat of closure, has secured a stay of execution from the trust that owns its premises.


Wizo opens doors

May 7, 2015

More than 1,000 volunteer collectors are knocking on doors for Wizo UK's annual Jewish Women's Week campaign. The charity hopes to exceed last year's £250,000 raised in support of the vulnerable teens at Wizo schools, youth villages and vocational training schemes in Israel.


Radlett selects 'inspirational' Hughes for rabbi's post

By Jay Grenby, May 7, 2015

Richmond Synagogue's Rabbi Jonathan Hughes is set to fill the ministerial vacancy at Radlett United.

Subject to ratification by members at a special general meeting, Rabbi Hughes will join the Hertfordshire congregation towards the end of the year.