Community life

Chief's trip cost queried

March 24, 2014

The cost of the Chief Rabbi's mission to Israel in spring was queried at a meeting of the United Synagogue council on Monday.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis plans to take around 50 rabbis with him in May for his first official visit to the country since taking office last autumn.

But US president Stephen Pack was pressed over whether the outlay was an "appropriate use" of charitable funds by one


Schools' anti-hate course

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2014

An anti-racism programme has been launched for schools which draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Serb massacre of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995.

It has been instigated by the Joseph Interfaith Foundation, a charity supporting Jewish-Muslim dialogue.

While the foundation has been active on campus for a number of years, the Auschwitz and Srebrenica programme, designed for 15-


US to vote in four women trustees

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2014

The United Synagogue this week ushered in historic constitutional changes which will enable women to become trustees of the country's largest Orthodox body in the summer.

Under the new system,which has been approved by both Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and the London Beth Din, the administration will retain a male majority led by a male president.

But the seven trustees, currently all male, wi


Football exhibits strike a chord with Charlton

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 24, 2014

Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton opened the Four Four Jew football exhibition at Manchester Jewish Museum on Monday.

Sir Bobby told the 80 guests that it was a trip down memory lane in more ways than one as he had met his wife yards from the museum's Cheetham Hill Road site.

Previously shown at London's Jewish Museum, the Manchester version has a strong local focus.


Katherine Jenkins sings for Shoah survivors

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

Katherine Jenkins was overcome with emotion as she embraced a Shoah survivor at a record-breaking fundraising dinner on Monday.


Recalling the Great War effort

By Charlotte Oliver, March 24, 2014

London's Jewish Museum took supporters back 100 years on Tuesday night for the launch of its new exhibition, For King and Country, charting the Jewish experience during the First World War.

Decorated war veterans were among the guests who perused a wealth of exhibits reflecting the experience of the Jews who fought for Britain.

The evening began with a moving rendition of Onward, the officia


Yesodey Hatorah head dies

By Charlotte Oliver, March 24, 2014

Tributes have been paid to Yesodey Hatorah Girls' High School head Rachel Pinter, who died last Thursday, aged 67.

A teacher for more than 40 years, Mrs Pinter had headed the strictly Orthodox Yesodey Hatorah since 2005, overseeing its transition to a state-aided school rated "outstanding" by Ofsted. She was awarded an OBE for services to education in 2008.


Rosh Pinah calls in outside help following period of unrest

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2014

Edgware's Rosh Pinah Primary has entered new territory by calling in a private educational group to oversee change.

The move follows disputes between parents and governors in the previous academic year.

A trio of executive teachers from Lilac Sky Schools - which has worked with 70 schools over the past four years and has sponsored academies - will assume the Rosh Pinah reins in June.



Purim wait angers UJIA party people

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

It was billed as the ultimate London Purim party for young professionals, with tickets sold out and 1,000 people attending.

But guests at the Young UJIA event have complained of having to wait for over an hour-and-a-half for admittance to the venue, the Revolution Leadenhall club.


Emunah's highly prized musical youth

March 17, 2014

A JFS girl who “gets shy singing in front of her family” wowed the audience and judges to become Emunah’s Young Singer of the Year on Sunday.

Emma Sherrard — who sang Electricity from Billy Elliot before a crowd of 350 at the Royal Academy of Music in Marylebone — says she was shocked when her name was announced as the winner and added: “I thought it must have been a mistake.”