Community life

Fleeing French find a haven in St John’s Wood

By Naomi Firsht, January 26, 2016

A first Friday night service for French speakers at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood, is recognition of a growing local community, attracted in part by a desire to flee rising antisemitism and terror attacks in their homeland.

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They’re out to lunch to maintain Mitzvah Day

January 26, 2016

Former Mitzvah Day interim chief executive Sue Shefras led a cross-communal team of MD volunteers who cooked Sunday lunch for 40 homeless people at a shelter run by St Mungo’s Broadway in central London.

The lunch was part of the Mitzvah Day 365 initiative, which encourages good deeds all year round.

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Banging the drum for Emunah’s talent search

January 26, 2016

Members of the JCoSS jazz club helped to drum up support for the 2016 Emunah young musician and young singer competitions, which are being held in association with the JC.

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Home win buoys a growing shul

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2016

One of the United Synagogue’s youngest communities has cleared a major obstacle to extending its premises after a protracted dispute with Enfield Council.

Planning Inspector Gloria MacFarlane has granted Hadley Wood Synagogue formal permission to continue to meet in the house it bought in 2002 following an appeal hearing last year.

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Top volunteer backs maturing JVN policy

January 25, 2016

An initiative to get more “mature women” involved in volunteering has been launched to mark the 80th birthday of “professional volunteer” Ros Preston.

The Jewish Volunteering Network’s President’s Project — Mrs Preston is the JVN president — will encourage women to befriend and support the elderly and lonely.

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Jami moves into new era with Finchley purchase

January 25, 2016

Mental health charity Jami has relocated from Golders Green to north Finchley, having purchased a property in Christchurch Avenue from Mind in Barnet for its resource hub, the Elliott Simmons Centre for Wellbeing. Mind will continue to operate from the upstairs rooms, offering the potential for collaborative activities.

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Berger paints a healthy picture

By John Fisher, January 25, 2016

Shadow Mental Health Minister Luciana Berger spoke about the challenge in changing perceptions on mental health when she addressed Leeds Jewish Welfare Board’s patrons dinner on Sunday. “Mental health needs to be a priority alongside physical health as it has been overlooked for far too long,” the Liverpool Wavertree MP said.

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Big brother stars get backing from Boris

January 25, 2016

Boris Johnson has presented Camp Simcha volunteers with a Team London award, recognising exceptional service.

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‘Schools not preparing pupils for job market’

January 25, 2016

A charity helping unemployed Jews from London and the suburbs to find work is reporting increased demand from school leavers and new graduates.

Finchley-based Resource supported 415 new clients last year, just shy of the record 427 who registered in 2014.

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Federation sells spare cemetery land for £8.3m

By Simon Rocker, January 25, 2016

The Federation of Synagogues has received a huge boost to its expansion plans after selling spare land at its Rainham cemetery in Essex for £8.3 million.

Around 20 acres inside the cemetery wall have been sold, along with land owned in the adjoining Spring Farm, to an organisation which owns several cemeteries in the UK.

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