Community life

Hair looms large in Zak's fundraiser

August 5, 2016

v Working as a summer camp madrich for Camp Simcha (America) two years ago, Zak Kanter was saddened to learn that one participant had been bullied at school for losing his hair after undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia.

The story inspired the north Londoner to set himself a challenge to raise awareness and funds for other children needing medical treatment and emotional support.

Mr Kanter,

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Charity chief takes issue with care watchdog over ratings

August 5, 2016

Jewish Care's chief executive has voiced his frustration at the Care Quality Commission inspection grading system.

Simon Morris was speaking after the release of a CQC report on its Vi and John Rubens home in Redbridge.

Although the home was rated good overall across the five assessment categories, it was reported as "requires improvement" in the effectiveness section.

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£95k aid funds roof work

August 5, 2016

Reading Synagogue has been awarded almost £95,000 towards urgent roof repairs from the government-backed Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.
The century-old roof, adorned by an Oriental cupola, is a feature of the Moorish-style structure, which also incorporates impressive stained-glass windows.

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Tour members expelled

August 5, 2016

Fourteen Israel tour participants from Bnei Akiva have been sent home for “serious breaches of our code of conduct”. The movement would not provide details of the breaches but said the expulsions involved “two separate cases”.
A Bnei Akiva representative said that “occurrences of this nature are extremely rare and these decisions were taken as a matter of last resort.

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'Illegals' arrested in raid on restaurant

By Daniel Sugarman, August 5, 2016

Immigration enforcement officers raided the Edgware branch of Sami's restaurant on Sunday, arresting two men said to be working illegally.

The men - a 37-year-old Indian national and a 33-year-old Pakistani national - were temporarily released and ordered to report to Immigration Enforcement while their cases are progressed.

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Child cancer patients enjoy a dream holiday in London

By Daniel Sugarman, August 5, 2016

A group of 138 Israeli children with cancer have been in London this week on the trip of a lifetime, under the auspices of the Zichron Menachem charity.

Accompanied by doctors, nurses, therapists and Zichron Menachem staff, they have been to 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and other capital attractions.

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Why things are hotting up for the long distance walker

By Charlotte Oliver, July 29, 2016

With hindsight, the hottest day of the year was hardly the best to scale and descend Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. But Barry Bloomfield likes a challenge and Ben Nevis was part of his itinerary for a walk across the UK that has occupied him for the better part of three months.

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Shul thanks its rabbi by housing Syrian refugees

July 29, 2016

South London Liberal Synagogue gave Rabbi Janet Darley a practical parting gift - a commitment to continue her award-winning work with refugees by converting a space on the shul premises into a flat for a Syrian refugee family.

The work will cost up to £50,000 and SLLS will be organising fundraising events and seeking grants and donations.

Alice Alphandary, the shul's chair, announced the p

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Lottery £600,000 helps to fund northern centre for Shoah study

By John Fisher, July 29, 2016

Testimonies of Holocaust survivors who moved to northern England will have a permanent home thanks to a £600,000-plus award from the Heritage Lottery Fund to the Leeds-based Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association.

The project will deliver a Holocaust Heritage and Learning Centre featuring testimonies, literature, artefacts and evidence of Nazi persecution showcased in displays and exhibit

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New Forest minister is hailed by the Chief

By Josh Jackman, July 29, 2016

Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg was moved by the tribute of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis at his induction service at Woodford Forest United Synagogue, which was attended by 250 people.

"He spoke about my personal qualities, about my community service and about getting involved, not because it was good for me, but because it was the right thing to do, which I really appreciated," Rabbi Wollenberg said

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