Community life

The next Charedi centre? It’s Hemel Hempstead

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

Proposals for a strictly Orthodox housing development in Hemel Hempstead have passed the first hurdle.

Planning permission has been granted for the Hertfordshire project, fronted by Charedi leaders in Golders Green, which its advocates believe will offer affordable housing. But organising group the New Kehilla Committee stressed that the scheme was in its "very early stages".


Bevis Marks says Shalom to American rabbi

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

Britain's oldest synagogue, Bevis Marks, has turned to a New Yorker to advance its spiritual and cultural ambitions.

Rabbi Shalom Morris arrived this week with the goal of enabling the City of London congregation to "blossom and extend into its full potential.

"As rabbi, I'll be leading services, preserving the character of the synagogue, but also teaching classes, organising events and netw


Long-serving volunteer honoured

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2015

An 83-year-old grandmother who has given up 25,000 hours of her time to Jewish Care volunteering has received a prime ministerial award.

Barbara Waterman's Point of Light accolade recognises 45 years' service to the Stepney Community Centre, where she is volunteer co-ordinator.


Stepping up fight against poverty

By Simon Rocker, July 30, 2015

Jewish organisations may need to do more to prevent community members falling into poverty, according to the head of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR).

Although Dr Jonathan Boyd acknowledged that much was being done to help those in financial difficulty, little attention was paid to preventing poverty in the first place.


Genius end to series

By Rosa Doherty, July 30, 2015

Finishing as runner-up in Channel 4's Child Genius contest was not a disappointment for Henrietta Barnett pupil Sasha Gordon, who had not expected to make it beyond the first round, "let alone be in the final two".

Sasha, 12, was "really proud I kept going.


UJIA looks back on its twin peaks

July 30, 2015

A beneficiary of UJIA's Ethiopian bar/batmitzvah twinning programme addressed around 100 former participants and family members at a 10th anniversary reunion at St John's Wood Synagogue.

Silanet Mekonan, 18, who made aliyah from Ethiopia in 2006, said that "if it wasn't for this project, I would not have had a batmitzvah.

"My parents did not have the time to deal with this.


The Ladies who Lunch: We're raising our profile - and funds

By Sandy Rashty, July 30, 2015

It all started with the women of Wizo, founded in 1918, who in the intervening near-century have raised tens of millions for Israel's most needy.

Generations of women have come together in support of the welfare organisation and it was once considered the charity for "ladies who lunch".


Finchley Federation PR drive draws crowd

By Jay Grenby, July 30, 2015

An intensive Finchley Federation publicity campaign to promote its new home in Victoria Avenue paid off when its launch Shabbat service attracted more than 150 people - three times the normal turnout.


Delay in care costs cap is 'a blow to elderly'

By Josh Jackman, July 23, 2015

A four-year delay in capping care costs and increasing the level of assets those in residential care can retain has been condemned as "a real blow to many older people and their families".


'Poaching' row over Radlett's rabbi

By Simon Rocker, July 23, 2015

Richmond Synagogue has complained that the move of its rabbi to a larger United Synagogue after barely two years in the post undermined the "dynamics of a small community".

Rabbi Jonathan Hughes is to leave Richmond later this year to become the spiritual leader of the Radlett congregation in Hertfordshire.