Community life

Camp Simcha's big top hit

October 8, 2010

A charity circus in aid of Camp Simcha attracted around 900 people and raised £10,000 for the charity which supports children with life threatening diseases.

The circus show, exclusively for the Jewish community, was run in conjunction with Zippos circus, which toured Manchester. It saw an all-male cast perform trapeze, juggling and other traditional acts, while kosher popcorn, candy floss and a Camp Simcha warm-up show was organised by 25 locally recruited volunteers.

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Tasty time at food festival

October 7, 2010

More than 30 Jewish food writers and chefs were on hand at a food festival to cook up some £3,000 for Leket, the Israeli charity that distributes surplus food to the needy, and for myisrael's Bet Shean Food Bank. Two barrels of food were also collected for the UK charity Gift.

Gefiltefest, a Jewish food festival, organised by Michael Leventhal, featured cookery demonstrations by Denise Phillips, Silvia Nacamulli, Dina Brawer and Lisa Roukin, as well as a talk by Judy Jackson on "Why children should play with their food".

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BBC's Tim Franks at Reform dinner

October 7, 2010

The Reform Movement's annual dinner bucked the economic downturn twice over by attracting a record number of guests who raised a high of £270,000.

The 255 guests at the Royal Institute of British Architects in central London were treated to a dialogue between the newly-appointed British Ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, and the BBC's Tim Franks.

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Lake District recalls child Holocaust survivors

October 7, 2010

An exhibition in Windermere about child survivors of the Holocaust, due to close at the end of the month, is, by popular demand, to continue.

The exhibition, "From Auschwitz to Ambleside", housed in Windermere Library, is attracting so much interest from visitors that it is proving to be an important local, national and international event. It will now continue indefinitely.

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Kingston professionals hit right note

October 7, 2010

Kingston Synagogue's decision to bring in professional chazanim over the High Holy Days has been rewarded with significantly increased attendances.

Three hundred people were at a midnight selichot service with renowned American cantor Moshe Schulhof. To avoid impacting on shul funds, the event was sponsored by anonymous donors.

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Hendon shul's new building project

By Robyn Rosen, October 7, 2010

Hendon Synagogue has begun its new building project with an official ground breaking ceremony.

More than 200 people, including the mayor of Barnet, Dayan Gelly, Dayan Abraham and Stephen Pack, vice-president of the United Synagogue, attended the event at the Raleigh Close synagogue on Sunday.

The £600,000 project includes a new bet midrash, administrative and washroom facilities and extended and updated function hall.

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£70K in humanitarian aid

October 7, 2010

More than £70,000 was raised for Israel's needy by 40 supporters of Eshel Colel Chabad, the Israel-based humanitarian aid agency.

Rabbi Sholom Duchman, chief executive of Eshel, updated the guests on the charity's activities. These include: the Blavatnik food bank, a new 25,000 sq ft warehouse in Kiryat Malachi, which packed food for over 27,000 families at Rosh Hashanah; the 19 Eshel food halls which served one million meals last year; and 3,000 meals on wheels which are delivered each day.

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Marriage guidance team faces new issues

By Jessica Elgot, October 7, 2010

Career women trying to juggle family and work and men with traditional views who stifle their wives' ambition are major issues for the Jewish Marriage Council.

Yet despite dealing with an increasing raft of relationship problems linked to the pressures of modern living, the JMC reports difficulty in attracting support.

Counselling co-ordinator Tova Hersh attributes this to the low key nature of its work, plus unwillingness within the community to accept that counselling might be necessary for a Jewish couple.

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Costco put pork in kosher section

By Robyn Rosen, October 7, 2010

A customer at discount members' warehouse Costco was enraged at finding pork pâté and other non-kosher meat in a kosher freezer.

David Elias, 79, from Gants Hill, spotted the treif items in the Chingford branch. "I pointed this out to a member of staff and the assistant manager, who was less than interested," he claimed. "I feel this matter should be brought to the attention of the Jewish community at large so they are vigilant when they shop at Costco."

A Costco spokeswoman said: "It would appear that the offending meat item was left on top of the kosher cabinet by a member.

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Shofar blasts herald Belsize Square revamp

By Ruth Rothenberg, October 7, 2010

Belsize Square Synagogue celebrated the completion of its year-long renovation and 70th anniversary series of events with a rededication service attended by the mayor of Camden, Cllr John Simpson, and Finchley and Golders Green MP, Mike Freer.

The 450-strong audience heard chairman Paul Burger praise the mastermind of the project, Jonathan Joseph, for more than doubling the capacity of the synagogue to 600, and fundraiser Alan Morgenthau for producing the not-quite-yet-reached £1.85 million target.

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