Community life

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


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.


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


Sephardi shul joins Fed

July 1, 2016

A second Sephardi community has joined the Federation of Synagogues, Hendon-based Tiferet Eyal.

Launched in 2002 for the Iraqi-Indian community, it has grown to a membership of 100. The Federation will assist in its search for a rabbi.

Hosting one of the biggest Jewish libraries in north-west London, the synagogue has a keen educational focus. A Shabbat attraction is a hot kiddush lunch.


Care failings but a positive outlook

By Charlotte Oliver, July 1, 2016

The lay leader of a Jewish Liverpool care home rated as requiring improvement by the Care Quality Commission has reassured supporters that the picture is far from bleak.

Stapely provides accommodation and nursing for its elderly residents, some of whom suffer from dementia.


Interactive survivors

By Daniel Sugarman, July 1, 2016

An interactive 3D facility will enable visitors to the National Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire to not only hear survivor stories, but potentially put hundreds of questions to them.

The centre marked its 20th anniversary with an interfaith service at Westminster Abbey for more than 700 people.


Minister stabilises ton-up Richmond

By Josh Jackman, July 1, 2016

Rabbi Meir Shindler "has brought stability" to Richmond Synagogue in its centenary year, says chairman Jon Katzauer.

The south London shul's former minister, Rabbi Jonathan Hughes, moved to Radlett Synagogue in 2015 amid claims of "poaching".


Reform vows to tackle loneliness

By Charlotte Oliver, July 1, 2016

Reform Judaism is to refocus its efforts on tackling isolation and loneliness within the community.

The adult social care initiative was one of three schemes unveiled by the movement during its weekend-long Chagigah, a biennial celebration of its work, which was attended by 250 members at Nottingham's Eastwood Hall.


'You are the big society'

By Josh Jackman, June 27, 2016

David Cameron told 1,200 guests at Jewish Care's annual dinner that the charity is "the best of Jewish and the best of British".

But Steven Lewis, Jewish Care chairman, said that the government's decision to raise the minimum wage meant the charity needed an extra £4 million every year.


Canvey MP welcomes Charedi arrivals

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Plans to set up a Charedi community on Canvey Island in the Thames Estuary have been welcomed by the local MP.

After a recent meeting with representatives from the strictly Orthodox community, Rebecca Harris, the MP for Castle Point, said that it was "encouraging to hear how enthusiastic they are about playing a part and contributing to the local community".

She added that it was "nice to he