Community life

Ross judging pet project

September 2, 2016

Jonathan Ross is bringing star quality to Jewish Blind & Disabled's PETrons campaign, to which supporters sign up their pets and make a £5 monthly donation.

The broadcaster has agreed to judge a photo competition of PETron images. A goodie bag will go to the pet featured in the winning picture.

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Transgender study opens in archives

September 2, 2016

A reception was held at the London Metropolitan Archives to mark the launch of Liberal Judaism's project on transgender and faith, Twilight People, incorporating photographs, video, audio, memorabilia and ritual objects.

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Reform shul backing goals of Neville and Giggs in £200m plan

By Lianne Kolirin, September 2, 2016

A Manchester synagogue has assured heritage chiefs that a major building project fronted by Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs is in the interests of the community.

The former Manchester United footballers are behind a £200 million development, now at the consultation stage, featuring a five-star hotel, 153 flats, 13,000 square metres of office space and 2,800 square metres of shops.

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Bucking the trend with growth - now we need a home

By Daniel Sugarman, August 29, 2016

Some shuls maintain cavernous premises for a dwindling membership. South Bucks Jewish Community has the opposite problem - a young and growing congregation but the financial and practical difficulties of finding a permanent home.

The congregation currently convenes weekly in the Quaker meeting house in Amersham, switching to a roomier village hall for the High Holy-Days.

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Agudas tackling Charedi housing shortage

By Daniel Sugarman, August 29, 2016

The chief executive of the Agudas Israel Housing Association has stressed the need for new solutions to the housing problems of the Charedi community.

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Summer camp in Belarus starts bridge-building

By Daniel Sugarman, August 29, 2016

Ten young adults from London have run a Jewish summer camp in Belarus alongside local youth leaders.

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UJIA fundraiser sets sights on the young

By Daniel Sugarman, August 18, 2016

Targeting the new generation of givers will be a key task of Jason Greenspan in his new role as UJIA fund-raising director.

Mr Greenspan is confident his background in the corporate world will help him "to bring in some new ideas and new ways to raise money".

He starts work in October at a busy time for the charity, which is committed to launching a new round of capital projects in Israel.

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Pioneers experience Feelgood factor

By Simon Rocker, August 18, 2016

One day last year, Chris Fenwick, manager of legendary rhythm-and-blues band Dr Feelgood, was on the beach on Canvey Island where four of its most famous sons had shot the cover of the debut Dr Feelgood album, Down By The Jetty.

He noticed a couple of men standing by who were clearly visitors, given that they were in full Chasidic dress.

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Top Marx is commonsense Reformer

By Simon Rocker, August 18, 2016

One institution you might not expect the Reform movement to highlight is the mikveh. But its new chairman enthuses about the prospective renovation of the ritual bath at its Sternberg Centre headquarters in Finchley.

"If you have got something to celebrate, go and immerse yourself," Geoffrey Marx says.

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Preserving a Merseyside landmark

By Charlotte Oliver, August 15, 2016

Lottery funding is progressing a project to preserve and memorialise a former kosher butcher's shop in Liverpool which supplied the Titanic.

Since Galkoff's closed in 1979, after serving the Merseyside community for 72 years, its distinctive green-tiled frontage has remained a prominent local feature, considered of historic importance by English Heritage.

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