Community life

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.


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


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


Mirvis welcomes close Encounters

By Jay Grenby, June 19, 2014

Launching a joint initiative by six Herts and Bedfordshire communities, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said it was a role model for others.

The Encounters study day at Yavneh College, Borehamwood, was held by the Five of Herts + 1 alliance, comprising the Potters Bar, Shenley, St Albans, Watford, Welwyn Garden City and Luton congregations.


The Queen and Farage - that's life for Lipman

June 19, 2014

Meetings with the Queen, a run-in with Nigel Farage and hilarious family anecdotes were included in a wide-ranging talk by Maureen Lipman to a World Jewish Relief ladies' lunch in Highgate.

The actress also praised the humanitarian aid charity for supporting those in need in some of the most remote places.

"Who has heard of Zaporozhye or Transnistria?


Riders' mounting tally

June 19, 2014

Following in the wheels of Tour de France winner Chris Froome, 40 supporters of learning disabilities charity Langdon cycled up the fearsome Mont Ventoux as the climax to a riding challenge in Provence which raised £70,000.

The cyclists, including seven grandparents, rode from Nice to Malaucene, covering around 360 kilometres over four-and-a-half days.


Artful idea will aid survivors

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 19, 2014

Hundreds of Holocaust survivors and Jewish refugees in financial hardship will benefit from a £150,000 art therapy scheme.

The Six Point Foundation, supporting Jewish refugees, is backing a two-year arts project with survivors who have limited connection to the Jewish community.


Gefiltefest once again cooks up an appetising foodies' menu

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2014

Israeli food writer Gil Hovav was on hot form. His first session at Sunday's Gefiltefest, the foodie equivalent of Limmud, was on how to make zchug, the fiery Yemeni salsa.

Generous bunches of coriander lay on the table along with heads of garlic, bags of green chilli and assorted spices, alongside hand-held blenders.


It's a tie as mosque members visit shul

By Adam Henderson, June 19, 2014

Furthering the link between Glasgow Central Mosque and the city's Jewish community, mosque members visited Giffnock Synagogue on Sunday for a tour and discussions on future co-operation.

Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president Paul Morron said: "There are so many areas in which we can work together and I hope to explore these further.