Community life

MS sufferer completes rabbinical training

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 11, 2014

Completing the rigorous rabbinical studies course is tough for anyone with a full-time job. But Gideon Schulman has also had to cope with Multiple Sclerosis.

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Bushey is Aleph's base for young learning

September 11, 2014

Tribe's Bushey Synagogue-based Aleph Learning Centre NW opened with an attendance of over 70 children from north London and Hertfordshire communities.

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West End voters back Freedman's ministerial appointment

September 11, 2014

New West End Synagogue members have voted overwhelmingly for the appointment of Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman and his wife, Ilana, as their new ministerial couple. Rabbi Freedman succeeds Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler, who will retire later in the year.

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Reform celebrates its Cambridge first

September 11, 2014

The Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue in Cambridge has unveiled the foundation stone of what will be its first permanent home in the city - and the first new-build Reform synagogue in the UK for a generation.

Founded over 35 years ago, the Reform community initially met in members' homes and then rented a variety of premises for services and events.

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Fresh approach to learning in Leeds

By John Fisher, September 11, 2014

Leeds Talmud Torah is no more. But on Sunday, the local community was given a taster of the activities of its successor at The Zone youth club.

Zone.Ed is a new educational provision for primary school children, fronted by Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue's Rabbi Jason Kleiman.

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Volunteers of all ages are honoured on awards night

September 11, 2014

Volunteers from teenagers to near centenarians were honoured at a ceremony at JW3's Finchley Road premises on Monday.

The Wohl/Jewish Volunteering Network awards recognise "the enormous range of volunteering roles in the Jewish community".

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Poster boy's exhibition 'as good as we've put on'

September 11, 2014

Welcoming 130 guests to the opening of a major retrospective on the work of designer Abram Games at the Jewish Museum in Camden on Sunday, museum chair Lord Young said it was "as good an exhibition as we've put on".

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School's 'galling' plan for burial site

By Cathy Forman, September 11, 2014

Bristol Jewish leaders have accused the city council and a local school of insensitivy after not being consulted over a building plan for a medieval Jewish cemetery site.

Queen Elizabeth's Hospital school has submitted proposals to add a classroom block to its Brandon Hill premises. When the school was built in 1846, Jewish graves were uncovered.

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Masorti gets the taste for growth

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2014

Masorti Judaism is looking to spread its wings with initiatives planned in a number of new locations.

Its chief executive Matt Plen reported that there had been two activities in Muswell Hill, "we're doing an initial activity in Mill Hill and we're also looking at launching a study group in south Manchester".

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East End clubbers enjoy final night

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

Former members of a Jewish boys' club opened in London's East End in 1924 gathered for final reunion dinner in central London this week.

Reunion committee chair Monty Meth, 88, said it was "the end of an era" for those who attended the Cambridge and Bethnal Green Jewish Boys' Club, which closed its doors in 1989.

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