Community life

Donor drive shows Bear necessities

April 8, 2015

The story of a cancer patient who survived with the help of blood donors is highlighted in the 5775 campaign of the Joely Bear Appeal, encouraging people to donate life-saving blood and stem cells.

In 2013, Joshua Lerner, 22, was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a blood cancer where the cells running through the veins have an abnormality.

He said: "The amazing work that the Joely


Karen Morris charity secures a Brum role for patient aid

By Josh Jackman, April 8, 2015

A charity set up in memory of a popular youth leader has opened its fourth "home from home" to help leukaemia patients and their loved ones.

The Karen Morris Memorial Trust's free facility in Birmingham will provide two families with a welcoming space to stay with the patient during their treatment.


Getting more user friendly

By John Fisher, April 8, 2015

Leeds Jewish Representative Council is planning changes to make it more user friendly and efficient.

At the start of his third and final year in office, its president, Simon Jackman, said that ideas being considered were projects involving younger, more time-pressed people. It was also looking at ways for organisations to work more closely together.


Merged JW3/LJCC reveals its opening programme

By Simon Rocker, April 2, 2015

The London Jewish Cultural Centre and JW3 have published their first joint programme since formally merging last month.

Most of the spring events will now take place at JW3's Finchley Road site, although LJCC's premises will remain open until the end of July for a couple of exhibitions and its language courses.

"Everyone is excited about it," said JW3 chairman Michael Goldstein.


Primary project attracts a crowd

By Jay Grenby, April 2, 2015

Yavneh College Trust chair Malcolm Gordon is "hugely encouraged" by the 300 turnout at an information meeting on the school's proposed addition of a primary section on its Borehamwood site.

The plan is to apply for a two-form entry free school with a target opening date of September 2016.


Archbishop: 'Boycotts are not the answer'

April 2, 2015

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, spoke warmly of Israel and expressed dismay at its lack of support from some fellow clergy when he addressed a Berkshire Council of Christians and Jews meeting at Maidenhead Synagogue.

Taking audience questions after his talk on "Moral dilemmas facing the human family", he spoke of his disappointment at backers of boycott campaigns, which were "n


Long-serving Hassan calls it a day

April 2, 2015

Jewish Care's longest serving employee is leaving after 45 years.

Judith Hassan's main focus has been working with Holocaust survivors and refugees from Nazi persecution. She founded therapy centre Shalvata in 1990 and the Holocaust Survivors Centre in 1993.


Is merging synagogues the only way for Essex's future?

By Josh Jackman, April 2, 2015

In the 1970s, Redbridge boasted Europe's largest Jewish population of 30,000. But a gradual decline as younger members decamped to north London accelerated between 2001 and 2011, during which it lost almost a third of its remaining population, falling from second to sixth among UK communities.


Faiths unite in Dublin

By Josh Jackman, April 2, 2015

Irish religious leaders warned of rising intolerance at an "unprecedented" gathering of senior Jewish, Christian and Muslim representatives.

Papal delegate Archbishop Charles Brown and imams from four mosques were among guests at the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland dinner, held at Dublin's Terenure synagogue hall.

JRCI chair Maurice Cohen said their presence reflected a "genuine des


Hotplate inspection shows risk

By Sandy Rashty, April 2, 2015

An emergency services group has urged community members to buy "only the latest models of hotplates" after a mass pre-Pesach inspection found that close on 40 per cent were a fire hazard.

British Friends of Zaka recruited firemen and electricians to examine 1,150 hotplates in London and Essex homes in the wake of the death of seven children in a Brooklyn fire ignited by a faulty hotplate last w