Community life

Welfare mission to Ukraine

By Katie Taylor, November 18, 2010

In a new departure, World Jewish Relief has taken a group of 11-to-15-year-olds to Ukraine to see its welfare work in action.

They met five Dnepropetrovsk families helped by the charity and WJR chief executive Paul Anticoni reported: "The children were mature and engaged and related back to their own privileged existence.

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Top judge: Israel boycotts are 'absurd'

By Simon Rocker, November 18, 2010

One of Britain's leading judges, Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger, has dismissed the idea of an academic boycott of Israel as absurd.

Speaking at the annual legal dinner of the British Friends of the Hebrew University in London last week, he recalled his visit to Jerusalem this year to deliver the Lionel Cohen lecture on behalf of the Friends.

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School staying open after going into liquidation

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2010

The Menorah Grammar School for Orthodox boys in Edgware has gone into liquidation for the second time in less than two years. But the 150-pupil school will remain open.

Former governor Stephen Goldberg said on Wednesday that the latest liquidation was the result of the school's new governors wanting to go through a "restructuring process.

"This was the method the new board decided to adopt. Times are hard and parents must be urged to pay their fees as much as possible, but we are still up and running with pupils."

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How to respond to 'lies about Israel'

By Robyn Rosen, November 18, 2010

A Middle East expert has urged community members to "oppose lies about Israel".

Lawyer Andrew White was addressing the Israel in Focus conference at the Israel embassy hosted by StandWithUs UK and attended by 60 young Jewish and non-Jewish professionals.

He gave examples of misinformation in the public arena regarding Israel, citing an article in The Economist claiming that Israeli traffic lights stop for less time for Arab traffic.

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Sephardi minyan has popular launch

By Jay Grenby, November 18, 2010

A first monthly Shabbat service for a Sephardi minyan at Stanmore Synagogue attracted a congregation of close on 50 men and boys. The majority were Sephardim, with a sprinkling of "curious and enthusiastically engaged Ashkenazi members", reported Nissan Moradoff, the driving force behind the venture.

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Age-old questions discussed with Jewish Care

By Robyn Rosen, November 18, 2010

More than 80 people from 22 United Synagogue communities attended a conference on the challenges of ageing, organised jointly with Jewish Care.

The event included workshops, expert speakers and group discussions about new programmes and services.

"Being older in 2010 is very different than it was in the past," said Candice Woolfson, director of US social action arm, Chesed.

"We want to make sure we offer the services our older members want and need. This conference provided a forum to hear their views."

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Rabbi joins the Saints

By Jay Grenby, November 18, 2010

Rabbi Raphael Kaiserblueth has been inducted as St Albans Masorti's first full-time minister at a ceremony attended by more than 200 people.

Guests included his parents and fiancée, who made the transatlantic trip especially for the service. His father Claudio, minister at the Beth Tikvah congregation in Richmond, British Columbia, was among the speakers.

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Gordon steps down at Yavneh

By Leon Symons, November 18, 2010

Malcolm Gordon has stepped down as governors' chair of Yavneh College in Borehamwood, having been involved in the school since its inception 11 years ago.

"I have been part of Yavneh since the first meeting on the whole project," said Mr Gordon, who has been succeeded by vice-chair Sue Nyman. "I have always said I would step down once all the building work has been completed and that has now happened.

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Getting Britons on Holocaust march

By Jenni Frazer, November 18, 2010

Businessman Scott Saunders was living in Tokyo in 1992 when he went to an event that changed his life.

It was a memorial service at the local Jewish community centre for the wartime Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, who issued visas to help thousands of Jews escape the Holocaust.

Mr Saunders, who describes himself as "Anglo-Jewish to the core", began to read more about the Holocaust. By 1995 he was living in Hong Kong, where he chaired the synagogue.

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Immanuel perpare for new school

November 18, 2010

Immanuel College has announced the first major appointment to its preparatory school, which will take in its initial 40 pupils in September 2011.

Natasha Fisher will move from a job in the junior department of South Hampstead High to become head of reception and year one. She previously taught at the Mathilda Marks Kennedy and Hasmonean primaries.

Ms Fisher said her challenge was to ensure that the "early years live up to the glowing reputation that the school has built for itself".

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