Community life

Tour de France caterers

July 3, 2014

The Chabad Jewish Community Centre in Buckhurst Hill is geared up to catering for the crowds who will be gathered outside its premises when the Tour de France riders pass on Monday.

Kosher food and cold drinks will be on sale with the proceeds going to charity. There will also be indoor seating. It's viewed as "a great opportunity for Chabad to showcase the centre and its work".


Clubhouse gets police approval

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

More than £160,000 was raised at the first fundraising dinner of the Boys Clubhouse, which runs a drop-in centre for young Jewish men with addictions such as alcohol, drugs and gambling, or problems like homelessness.

The dinner was held at the Metropolitan Police museum in Colindale, where a range of historic police cars were on show.


Barbe-queues as UJIA courts South Africans

By Rosa Doherty, July 3, 2014

A traditional South African barbecue in the grounds of a Totteridge mansion provided a taste of home for ex-pats on Sunday.

Organised by UJIA as part of its outreach work among overseas communities in London, the Big Braai attracted around 260 hungry patrons, among them Barbra and Brian Davis, who came to England 16 years ago and now live in Hampstead Garden Suburb.


Wax works for Neshama

By John Fisher, July 3, 2014

With the experience of years spent battling depression, Ruby Wax told Leeds Jewish Welfare Board supporters that society needed to end the stigma of mental health.

Ms Wax - whose Sane New World show is based on her book about neuroscience - addressed LJWB's gala appeal dinner, which raised £100,000 for its Neshama mental health project.


The show must go on for Leeds variety fans

By John Fisher, July 3, 2014

Variety was the spice of life at the Leeds community's 14th annual theatre festival, which drew 2,000 people to the city's Carriageworks venue for a four-day programme.

There was a London show about Broadway's Jewish musical theatre legacy, a double dose of jazz and a a musical history lesson on ancestral fleeing from Eastern European persecution.


Reform's 'more intense' Glastonbury alternative

July 3, 2014

A sold out Chagigah weekend celebrating Reform Judaism was described as "full of joy and love" by guest speaker Rabbi Dr Larry Hoffman.

For Radlett Reform's Rabbi Paul Freedman,"it's been like Glastonbury but more intense. We've had a fantastic experience and as a community we will return uplifted and invigorated."


Film gala dinner attracts a strong cast of characters

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2014

The stars came out for UK Jewish Film at its first gala dinner, held at the Park Lane Hotel in Mayfair.

Steven Berkoff, Henry Goodman, Greta Scacchi and Maureen Lipman were among those on the red carpet, along with Academy award-winning producer Gareth Unwin (The King's Speech), who brought his Oscar to show the 300 guests.


Chai cyclist makes Paris after high-speed crash

By Simon Round, June 26, 2014

A charity bike rider has recalled the moment his riding partner was in a horrific crash during a London-to- Paris cycling event.


Volunteering info

June 19, 2014

The Jewish Volunteering Network has revamped its website to cope with increasing demand.

JVN says the online facelift will make it easier for people wishing to do voluntary work to find suitable openings with a charity.

They will now be able to locate opportunities closer to their home, for example.

"A couple of years ago, we had 500-700 visits a week to our website," said JVN director Le


School leader confident despite low enrolment

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 19, 2014

The founder of Leeds' first Jewish secondary school is confident about its future, despite anticipating another small intake for its second academic year.

Dan Cohen expects another 10 pupils to join the £3.5 million Leeds Jewish Free School in September after the inaugural intake of nine students, two of them non-Jews.

Although the numbers enrolling are only two-thirds of the school's targe