Community life

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


The blues in Cambridge

By Josh Jackman, June 23, 2016

The first Cambridge Limmud to be held in summer will also be the last, co-chair Julian Landy revealed during the biennial event on Sunday.

Howard Jacobson, Rita Rudner and Sir Lawrence Freedman captivated those who made the trip to Anglia Ruskin University for the day.

The warm weather and picturesque surroundings were a world away from the cold winds of Limmud Conference, with dozens of att


Side by Side wins rebuild approval

June 23, 2016

Nursery and special needs school Side by Side has received Hackney Council's approval to build a £10.5 million school at Lordship Road in Hackney, the former site of Avigdor Primary.

The new build will increase the school's capacity from 80 to 110 pupils aged from two to 19, as well as doubling the floor area of the school site in Stamford Hill.


'You have chosen to help other people,' says Marr

By Sandy Rashty, June 23, 2016

More than 800 guests raised a record £600,000 at the annual Norwood property lunch last Friday.

Guest speaker broadcaster Andrew Marr spoke about the importance of the "third sector", a term used by Prime Minister David Cameron to refer to voluntary organisations.

Praising the guests at the fundraiser, he added: "You are all busy, hardworking people who have chosen to put some time and some