Community life

Raising festival funds for Ukraine

March 5, 2015

Masorti Judaism has launched an appeal to raise funds for Ukrainian Jews affected by war, poverty and homelessness.

The Emergency Purim Campaign - part of a worldwide Masorti Olami appeal - will generate cash towards food, medicine, clothing, education, security and scholarships to send children to camp.

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Highlighting inequality

March 5, 2015

Social policy expert Baroness Ruth Lister has told a Board of Deputies forum that women remain at greater risk of economic hardship.

The baroness - professor of social policy at Loughborough University - was addressing a poverty and diversity discussion at the House of Commons, convened by the Board's women's and social action groups.

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Enjoying baking conditions

By John Fisher, March 5, 2015

It was hardly nouvelle cuisine. But Leeds' Great Jewish Bake Off certainly whetted the appetites of the judges.

Based loosely on BBC's The Great British Bake Off, the 11 contestants made biscuits, hamantashen

(in honour of Purim) and, to finish, chocolate cake.

King David School pupil Daniel Sacks, 15, was "a bit shocked" to win the biscuits round.

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'Loverly' singer wins the hearts of judges

March 5, 2015

Taking her lead from Eliza Doolittle, nine-year-old Lucy Sherman stole the show at the final of Emunah's Young Singer of the Year, held on Sunday at the Royal Academy of Music in central London. The Leeds Brodetsky Primary pupil's bravura performance of Wouldn't It Be Loverly?

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Mother reveals her debt to child disability charity

March 5, 2015

Shulamit Elimelech relived "every parent's worst nightmare" during an impassioned appeal to Monday's dinner of British Friends of Shalva, the Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel.

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Lead roles examined with expert help

March 5, 2015

Leadership development group Lead partnered with the Jewish Volunteering Network to stage an event for communal organisation chief executives and trustees at JW3's Finchley Road premises.

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Yavneh reveals bid to add primary section

By Barry Toberman, February 26, 2015

Yavneh College in Borehamwood is reviving plans for a primary section and intends to submit an application for a free school to the Department for Education at "the earliest opportunity".

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Sacked rabbi is backed for recall

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

Congregants of Southend rabbi Binyamin Bar - who was dismissed for "gross misconduct" but is continuing to lead services - have voted overwhelmingly for his reinstatement.

More than 300 Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation members attended an EGM on Sunday, which was adjourned before a motion of no confidence in the executive went to a vote.

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Prized guy from the Board

February 26, 2015

Board of Deputies public affairs director Phil Rosenberg has received the Ralph Goldman Award for emerging Jewish leaders from the World Jewish Congress.

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Deli worker dies in motorway crash

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

Kosher Deli manager Naftali Rebibo died following a crash on the M1 on Sunday as he returned from dropping off his step-daughter for a flight at Luton airport.

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