Community life

Clary stars for newlyweds

July 8, 2016

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Bradley Reback married solicitor Stuart Lawrence in the first male gay wedding under Finchley Progressive Synagogue auspices since the 2013 law change enabling same-sex marriages.

The 150 guests at the wedding, held at the couple's home, were entertained by actor and comedian Julian Clary, who made the simchah the unofficial final night of a three-month national

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Liberal dose of debate

July 8, 2016

Topics from Brexit to a potential new Liberal Judaism siddur were aired during the movement's biennial weekend in Solihull.

Close on 300 delegates from 39 communities also discussed Israel and the diaspora, the role of religion in public life, and shared ideas for musical and multimedia services.

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Burial board says it cannot afford transfer request

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2016

Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society has rejected a request from an out-of-town member to transfer his burial dues, claiming that it cannot afford to do so.

David Sakol, 78, who has paid subscriptions to the society for 60 years, asked if his burial rights could be transferred to the United Synagogue in London, where he has lived for seven years.

But GHBS chair Alan Shenkin said its policy of not a

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Mum says thanks with £50k meal

July 8, 2016

Rachael Pollock and her family were supported by Camp Simcha for four years after her son Adam, now 11, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2010.

Mrs Pollock was able to give back to the charity by leading the committee for Camp Simcha's inaugural ladies' brunch.

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Somme victims remembered

July 8, 2016

Marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, more than 250 people gathered at Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City for a ceremony honouring the thousands of British Jews who served their country in the First World War.

There were contributions from rabbis, military representatives and current Jewish servicemen.

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Taking big steps for kids

July 8, 2016

The work of Step by Step in helping young people with disability through sport and leisure has been praised by the chair of the BBC's Children in Need.

Addressing the charity's 20th anniversary celebration at Alexandra Palace ice rink, Stevie Spring noted that Children In Need had been supporting Step by Step for a number of years.

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Hasmonean asks parents to fund additional places

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2016

The chairman of Hasmonean High School has made a dramatic plea to parents to dig deeper into their pockets to enable the school to accept additional children this year.

Hasmonean has accepted more than 180 boys and girls for September - more than 20 per cent above its official maximum - and Andrew Rashbass appealed for extra money at its London fundraising dinner to fund places for seven more b

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Dinner boosts cancer support in north

July 8, 2016

Chai Cancer Care's northern services will be expanded as a result of the £275,000 raised from a Manchester dinner attended by 470 supporters.

Welcoming guests, benefactor Stuart Marks said: "We need to ensure that we give all those affected by a cancer diagnosis and their families a place to go here in our city that will match everything that gives Chai in London its global reputation as the l

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To Hull and back: Expats return for 250th anniversary

By Marcus Dysch, July 1, 2016

The citizens of Hull are in high spirits. The city is undergoing major redevelopment ahead of becoming UK City of Culture in 2017. Its football team has been promoted back to the Premier League and a £310 million wind turbine project promises to revitalise the job market.

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Gefiltefest feeds a sense of non-political togetherness

By Rosa Doherty, July 1, 2016

Serving up what executive director Nicki Tiefenbrun described as the perfect "non-political antidote" to the Brexit aftermath, the JC-sponsored Gefiltefest attracted 1,000 food lovers to JW3's Finchley Road premises on Sunday.

Food stall offerings ranged from kosher caviar to fudge and visitors had a choice of more than 40 cookery demonstrations, talks and book signings.

"We've been split [b

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