Community life

Shadowed rabbi in the frame

By Faga Speker, November 11, 2010

Newcastle photographer Paul Brown has published a pictorial account of a local rabbi after shadowing him for a year.

Fifty people attended a presentation of The Rabbi – A Year in the Life Of at Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation. At the event Rabbi Dovid Lewis and Mr Brown, who is not Jewish, spoke about how the photographer spent time with the rabbi and his family following their personal and public life.

Rabbi Lewis said: "At first it felt very strange, but very quickly Nachi, my wife and children Chaya and Tzivia settled and relaxed with Paul.


Diwali party goes ahead thanks to Jewish charity

November 11, 2010

A Diwali party on the brink of cancellation was saved by an eleventh hour donation from a Jewish charity.

Organisers feared the Barnet Elderly Asian Foundation's annual celebration would be cancelled after it received no sponsorship.

But just weeks before the scheduled event, chairman Dipak Jashapara read about the Fred Wolffing Estate Charity, which provides one-off grants to registered charities that work with the disadvantaged.

Mr Wolffing, a refugee from Nazi Germany, passed away two years ago and left his estate to a board of trustees.


East End shul invites you to Shabbat dinner

November 11, 2010

The oldest Ashkenazi synagogue in London is holding is first communal Shabbat meal for more than 25 years.

The Sandy's Row Synagogue, in the heart of the old Jewish East End, is holding the dinner tonight (Friday), in partnership with Chabad.

Rabbi Mendel Cohen, director of Chabad of Shoreditch, said: "For many the East End means a historical Jewish celebrated past. This Shabbat dinner will bring together an array of Jews from all walks of lives, ages and affiliation. There is a new young Jewish life presence springing up in the area."


David to speak for Sinai

By Robyn Rosen, November 11, 2010

A Jewish primary school pupil has been elected into a local government youth parliament after his school campaigned to change the meetings from Shabbat.

Michael Sobell Sinai School pupil, David Gill, 10, was one of 72 children under the age of 19 to be elected to the Brent youth parliament.

Deputy headteacher Joanna Walker nominated David after she persuaded the council to change the monthly parliament meetings from Saturday to mid-week so that her pupils could apply.


JCC picks three heads

November 11, 2010

The JCC for London has appointed entrepreneur Robin Klein and consultant Elliott Goldstein to its board.

Mr Klein, former chairman of the JC and co-founder of the Accelerator Group, will help the JCC build its digital presence and e-marketing.

He said: "The JCC is an inclusive, creative and energetic organisation. I'm thrilled to be joining the board at such an exciting time in its history."

Mr Goldstein is managing director of Anouska Hempel Design.


Virtually at Norwood

By Robyn Rosen, November 11, 2010

Norwood will digitise its annual dinner next week in an attempt to reach the entire community.

The event, held on Monday, will be available on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. More than 1,300 guests, including Simon Cowell and Sarah, Duchess of York, will attend the event.

Viewers can watch chief executive Norma Brier who will appeal to digital participants to raise an extra £1 million.


All jazzed up at Ealing

November 11, 2010

The last notes of a jazz concert signalled the final farewell to Ealing Synagogue's communal hall before the builders moved in to convert it into a new edifice combining both shul and community meeting-place.


On a high note at Emunah

November 11, 2010

The £180,000-plus raised from Emunah's musical soiree at London's Guildhall will help to establish a family support and day care centre in northern Israel and maintain its 35 projects for vulnerable children in Israel.

The new centre is in memory of Emunah honorary life president Lady Jakobovits.

Attended by 350 guests, the concert featured Israeli harmonica players the Adler Trio and three tenors from the Welsh National Opera.


Haifa University gains a new Friendly face

By Robyn Rosen, November 11, 2010

The British Friends of Haifa University has appointed a new chairman.

Gary Hersham, 57, managing director of the Mayfair-based Beauchamp Estates has taken over from Michael Crystal QC, who has stepped down after four years in office.

Mr Hersham, a member of Western Marble Arch Synagogue, said: "I believe strongly in the work of the university and their research programmes in particular will have dramatic consequences for good and for helping mankind.


Suffolk notches up a double joy

By Katie Taylor, November 11, 2010

There was a double celebration at the tiny Suffolk Liberal community with the batmitzvah of 60-year-old Beverley Levy and Rebecca Steiner marking her conversion to Judaism.

The women read the portion concerning the death of Sarah and Abraham's negotiations for burial land.