Community life

Shul's olive branch to rabbi

By Sandy Rashty, March 31, 2014

Cardiff Reform Synagogue has set up a five-person committee to rebuild "cordial relations" with Rabbi Charles Middleburgh, who resigned suddenly last month after a dispute with shul executives.

"Our synagogue has had a blip, no one could deny that," said congregant Barbara Michaels, who edits the local Jewish journal, Bimah. "But we haven't fallen into a dark hole.

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We're souped up for charity

March 31, 2014

To mark the relaunch of the UK branch of Israeli hunger charity Meir Panim as Manna, 50 supporters took part in a sponsored "soup walk" through the Jewish East End on Sunday.

The themed walk reflected the number of soup kitchens which operated in the area at the turn of the last century feeding thousands of Jews every day.

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Singer on song in Belfast

By Joe Cohen, March 31, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was in Ireland at the weekend to induct Rabbi David Singer as minister of Belfast Jewry.

Former Olympic golden girl Mary Peters, now the city's Lord Lieutenant, and ex-Northern Ireland First Minister David Trimble were among a congregation of 220 at Belfast Synagogue.

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Library lends itself to a fresh breed of browsers

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2014

Two hundred years of Jewish archives are being housed in new vaults following the £50 million refurbishment of Manchester Central Library, the UK's second largest.

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A lot of love for Pixie - but survivor steals show

By Sandy Rashty, March 31, 2014

Pixie Lott was the star attraction but the ovation of the night at the Jewish Care young patrons dinner went to Holocaust survivor Renee Salt.

The 350 diners at the Marriott Grosvenor Square fell silent as an emotional Mrs Salt recalled harrowing encounters with Nazi officers.

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Shalit comes to London to support Israeli welfare

By Charlotte Oliver, March 31, 2014

Accepting a volunteering award at a British Friends of Shalva dinner in central London, Gilad Shalit likened his time in captivity to the "challenges that Shalva families face on a daily basis".

Shalva supports Israelis of any denomination whose children have a mental or physical disability and the 250 guests were given a flavour of its work.

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Women's aid charity appoints new first lady

March 31, 2014

Naomi Dickson will be the new Jewish Women's Aid executive director, succeeding Emma Bell, whose family is relocating to America.

With a background in charitable housing, Ms Dickson has been involved with JWA for many years, initially as a volunteer and then as a staff member.

She has run its refuge service and is currently communications and training co-ordinator.

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West End synagogues recognise the benefits of collaborative projects

By Sandy Rashty, March 31, 2014

Three West End Orthodox synagogues have joined forces to plan collaborative events and forge social ties between members.

Representatives from the Western Marble Arch, Central and New West End congregations met this month to "begin to work on many social events", said Beverly Miller, a Western Marble Arch executive board member.

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Reform holds Derby days for converts

March 31, 2014

The Movement for Reform Judaism has hosted a first residential weekend for those either contemplating converting to Judaism, in the process of conversion or who have recently converted.

Held in Derbyshire, the event attracted over 30 people from around the country.

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Special school is sought for north

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2014

Plans for a Jewish special needs school in Greater Manchester are under discussion. It is estimated that 900 Jewish children in the region require extra educational support and since the closure of the Cheshire-based Delamere secondary school in 2011, there has been no dedicated Jewish special educational needs provision for those aged 11 to 15.

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