Community life

Leeds fears welfare funding cuts

October 21, 2010

The Leeds Jewish Welfare Board president says the charity's staff have "hearts in their mouths" as they wait to discover the fallout from the government spending cuts.

Edward Ziff believes it will be a month before the ramifications of the spending review will translate into funding cutbacks by Leeds and Harrogate local authorities, which partly fund the welfare board. "We are having a number of reviews on various projects they finance."


Land sale will aid cemetery

October 21, 2010

The burial board administering a dilapidated north Manchester cemetery is looking to a land deal to fund repairs and future upkeep.

Visitors to Crumpsall cemetery - which contains the grave of Marks & Spencer founder Michael Marks -- have complained about paths and stones overrun by nettles.

Lila Levy from Prestwich said she struggled to access her grandparents' plots. "It's in a terrible state, all overgrown and a lot of graves were in a bad state of repair."


Scotsman hate case man pleads guilty

By Cathy Forman, October 21, 2010

A man has pleaded guilty to distributing threatening and insulting antisemitic material through the website of The Scotsman newspaper.

Mohammed Sandia, 45, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, where Sheriff Michael O'Grady called for a community service report before sentencing next month. Mr Sandia was released on bail.


Whitefield eruv gets go-ahead

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2010

Bury Council has approved an application for an eruv in Whitefield, north Manchester.

The plans for the eruv - a religious boundary allowing Jews to carry or push certain items on Shabbat - cover 700 families over a five-mile area.

Garden fences, rows of houses and the perimeters of the M60 motorway make up most of the boundary. However, Whitefield Hebrew Congregation required planning permission for three one-metre high posts to narrow gaps between some fences to meet Jewish law requirements.


Tributes paid to Bournemouth car accident death

By Corinne Rein, October 21, 2010

A long-time member of the Bournemouth community has died following a car accident.

Paula Bright, 77, drove her Rover through a closed communal garage door of the East Cliff apartment block where she lived. The vehicle then smashed into an interior wall.

Mrs Bright was the daughter of the late Rabbi Jonah Indech, a past Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation minister.


Jewish school choice narrows in Herts

By Simon Rocker, October 21, 2010

Jewish parents in Hertfordshire could find it harder to get their children into a Jewish primary school next autumn owing to a change in national admission procedures.

From now on, they can apply for places only through their local council - and Hertfordshire permits only three choices, including schools outside the borough. Some councils allow six.


ZF urges rationalisation of Israel groups

By Leon Symons and Katie Taylor, October 21, 2010

Outgoing Zionist Federation chairman Andrew Balcombe used his valedictory speech to call for a rationalisation of organisations supporting Israel.

Addressing the ZF's biennial conference in north-west London on Sunday, Mr Balcombe also bemoaned "the weakest pro-Israel leadership the community has had in many years.

"Israel is not the mainstream issue for the Jewish leadership, nor the Board of Deputies. All I see is apologies."


Eat, pray, shop?

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2010

Southend's kosher shoppers can avoid the journey to London for their groceries with the opening of a new kosher shop at Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation.

'The Shop in the Shul' is the first dedicated kosher shop to operate in the town for almost two years.

Supplied by Silverman's, the shop will sell packaged meat, bread, cakes and deli items. Synagogue president Alan Gershlick said the project had been planned for six months and had been funded by an anonymous shul member. "We are thrilled that people will no longer have to shlep to London to buy kosher food."


New Wizo role

October 14, 2010

Linda Boxer is to head what is believed to be the country's largest Jewish women's charity.

Mrs Boxer, who takes up the post of executive director at, has held the position of finance manager at the charity for the past 18 months. She said she was "delighted to have the opportunity to take my role still further within and I am very much looking forward to the challenges and new initiatives it presents. It is a privilege to work for this well-established charity which makes such a difference to disadvantaged families in Israel."


UK Holocaust Centre gains official status

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2010

The UK Holocaust Centre is marking its 15th anniversary, and has been accredited as an official museum by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Centre director Helen Whitney said she was delighted that the museum had been accredited: "This is exciting and rewarding news for the centre and sets the scene for continued development of our collections and our provision of engaging, challenging, high quality education for young people about the Holocaust and its lessons for today."