Community life

Is merger the only way for Essex's future?

By Josh Jackman, April 1, 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. In Clayhall alone, the number halved from 2,599 to 1,299.


Nightingale talks merger

March 26, 2015

Nightingale Hammerson is in "advanced discussions" over a merger with the Abbeyfield Camden Jewish Society, which operates a 12-flat home, Belmont Lodge, in Bushey.

In a statement on Wednesday, Nightingale said it had been approached by Abbeyfield.

"Trends in the provision of services for older people are changing.


Shul quits Board - 'it's not good value'

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

Leaders of Catford and Bromley Synagogue in south London have decided to leave the Board of Deputies on financial grounds.

Joe Burchell, chairman of the United Synagogue affiliate, said it would not send a deputy to the Board's next triennium because "we do not think it's good value".

It costs a synagogue such as Catford and Bromley £495 annually to send a deputy to the Board.


US urged to help synagogues deal with failing rabbis

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

The United Synagogue should make it easier for communities to dispense with under-performing rabbis, its council heard this week.

Stanmore Synagogue representative Saul Taylor said that while, in general, the US was served by a "very high quality rabbinate", it needed to do more to help ministers who were "not performing".

But where there was no improvement, it was "near impossible" for comm


Partnership minyans have their benefits

By Simon Griver, March 26, 2015

The United Synagogue should recognise the positive side of partnership minyans, a trustee of the organisation said this week.

Jacqui Zinkin argued that such services, even if not allowed on US premises, could help bring people into US shuls.

Over the past year and a half, partnership minyans - where women, as well as men, can read from the Torah and lead certain prayers - have sprung up in


Langdon fears cutbacks in council support

By Naomi Firsht, March 26, 2015

The chairman-elect of learning disability charity Langdon has warned supporters of the potential impact of local-authority cutbacks on its services.

Addressing the 300 guests at its dinner in central London on Monday, Jonathan Joseph explained that in the wake of Chancellor George Osborne's austerity measures and the imminent Care Act, the charity anticipated a 10 per cent fall in local-authori


Norwood seeks help in fighting the '10 plagues'

March 26, 2015

Offering a modern slant on the Pesach story, Norwood has listed the "10 plagues" which the charity has to deal with - discrimination, exclusion, financial hardship, family breakdown, unemployment, addiction, bullying, self-harm, mental health, and loss and bereavement.

The list is part of the charity's Pesach appeal, which highlights the scope of its services for almost 7,000 clients.This inclu


She's directing the young Liberals

March 26, 2015

Liberal Judaism's first youth director is furthering a lifelong involvement with Progressive Judaism.

Becca Fetterman's parents met through YASGB (the forerunner to RSY-Netzer). She attended her first RSY-Netzer event at nine "and absolutely loved it. The madrichim were, in my eyes, so cool and so passionate about real things.


Some joined-up thinking - and £17m - brings care into new age

By Barry Toberman, March 26, 2015

If all goes to plan, it is barely two months until the first residents of Jewish Care's newest home move in.


Lottery cash backs Shoah heritage centre in north

By John Fisher, March 26, 2015

The Leeds-based Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association has won initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a northern Holocaust heritage and learning centre.

Development funding of £59,700 has been awarded to help the HSFA progress its plans.