Community life

Why I left London to live in Leeds

January 20, 2011

Formerly of Stanmore, history teacher Mike Lewis, 33, moved to Leeds eight years ago. Studying in Manchester, he had made many friends from Leeds. "I spent a lot of time visiting them and although I moved back to London after uni, nothing was keeping me there and I made the decision that I wanted to be in Leeds. I really loved the nightlife of the city and the way the centre feels small. Leeds had undergone a regeneration when I started visiting and it has become a proper cosmopolitan city."


Making the case for Leeds' staying power

By Jessica Elgot, January 20, 2011

Leeds Jewry's new development executive Susie Gordon is adamant that young people can be persuaded to ditch the bright lights of London in favour of life in the north. They just need some encouragement to tempt them up the M1, she feels.

"Once they are here, they have every reason to stay. This is a really successful community and I think you can have a better quality of life."

Mrs Gordon is developing a three-year strategic plan to both reverse the trend of young people leaving the community and strengthen its demographic base.


Suburb's big food drive bears fruit

January 20, 2011

A giant fruit salad prepared by 300 Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue volunteers on Saturday night has benefited the less fortunate.
More than 2,200 portions were made up from fruit donated by congregants.

Around 1,500 were delivered to homeless shelters and hostels in Camden and central London. The remainder were distributed to families in Barnet and Hackney.

The venture was organised by the shul's chesed committee.

HGS's Rabbi Anthony Knopf said: "It was wonderful to see so many synagogue members, including lots of children, come together to support such a fantastic event."


Shul offers kids sweet incentive

By Jay Grenby, January 20, 2011

An ice cream kiddush and a takeaway goodie bag are among the incentives to attend new children's Shabbat services at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue.

The services are based on the innovative Israeli learning resource, MiBereshit (From the Beginning) and include a weekly worksheet.

Borehamwood and Elstree associate minister Rabbi Boruch Boudilovsky is fronting the local initiative, which is funded by United Synagogue youth wing, Tribe.

"We hope to create a programme into which both children and parents can grow," he said.


Chinese visit heralds new relationship

January 20, 2011

Six Chinese academics from Harbin Jewish Studies Centre visited the London Jewish Cultural Centre's Holocaust education and anti-racism department during a London trip.

They also met survivor Joanna Millan, who recounted her experiences during the Shoah and discussed her educational work at Jewish schools on behalf of the centre.

Richard Goldstein of the LJCC said: "We are delighted that Harbin's Jewish Museum exhibition will be loaned to the centre in 2012.


Equal rights celebrated

January 20, 2011

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality's work in combating racism and assisting refugees and asylum seekers was praised by civil liberties champion Baroness Helena Kennedy at a fundraising dinner in north London.

More than 100 guests, many new to Jcore, also heard its director Edie Friedman argue that concern for social justice should be an integral part of Jewish identity. "This is vital, not only for what it demonstrates to the wider community but also, perhaps more importantly, for our sense of what it means to be a Jew in today's Britain."


Fears over renewed Ramallah-Hounslow link

By Marcus Dysch, January 20, 2011

Hounslow Jews have voiced concern at the town's decision to re-establish links with Ramallah.
Councillors voted to recognise a new twinning organisation which will explore possible cultural and educational ties with the Palestinian town.

Basil Mann, who serves on the borough's Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education, saw the decision as "a move against Israel. We have always felt there was a bit of an anti-Israel feeling in Hounslow."

The towns were first linked in 1988, but no formal twinning activities have taken place in recent years.


Kosher haggis supplier burns with enthusiasm

By Stephanie Brickman, January 20, 2011

To communities north of the border, Burns Night is when we are not just common-or-garden Jews - we're Scottish Jews.

On January 25, haggis will be ceremonially "piped in" to celebrations of the life and works of the national bard in homes and synagogue halls - and a poem, Ode to a Haggis, recited in mock solemnity.

But no self-respecting Burns Night party would be complete without a haggis lovingly prepared by Doreen Cohen, who is marking 25 years as the world's only kosher haggis purveyor.


Jobs go as JNF cuts on education spending

By Simon Rocker, January 20, 2011

JNF UK has closed its education department and made nine staff redundant in further cost-cutting measures.
But the charity promised to strengthen its national presence with the opening of a new northern regional office in "the coming weeks".

JNF has shut offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Leeds as part of its streamlining.


Schools spend Michael Gove's security cash

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 20, 2011

A number of Manchester Jewish schools are bolstering their security arrangements ahead of receiving their share of a £2 million government allocation.

Broughton Jewish Primary in Salford has hired new security staff and an existing guard has completed advanced training. Improvements to its CCTV will also be made.

Daniel Warwick, who runs DW-OZ - one of two companies contracted to provide security to Manchester schools under the new funding - said others were already making enhancements.