Community life

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Abigail bags lolly for club

November 4, 2010

A Prestwich girl has won a national ice-lolly competition to build a £15,000 dream youth den at Manchester Maccabi after receiving hundreds of thousands of online votes.

Abigail Stephens, 12, entered the Design a Fab Den competition by Fab ice lollies and was announced as the overall winner from 4,000 entries. The competition asked youngsters to submit their designs to transform a local community centre.

The King David High School pupil won the most online votes for her multimedia, ice-lolly-themed den which includes a sofa in the Fab colours.

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A bite at interfaith follows kosher food

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 4, 2010

A kiddush for 100 Christians at a Leeds synagogue has spawned a new interfaith initiative to create a Jewish heritage day out for schoolchildren and faith groups.

Three weeks ago Alwoodley's Etz Chaim Synagogue hosted 100 members of the neighbouring St John the Evangelist Church which was looking for a large reception venue after a major ceremony. The food had to be kosher so the synagogue laid on a kosher Christian kiddush.

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Lord Sacks: 'Take note London'

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 4, 2010

The Chief Rabbi has said an ambitious project to celebrate 150 years of Leeds Jewry should be replicated in other UK communities.

Lord Sacks was guest speaker at a dinner at Etz Chaim Synagogue for 200 people to launch LJ150, which will see public exhibitions of the city's Jewish heritage over the next two years.

Commenting afterwards, he praised "the way that generations are in dialogue through this project and the way community elders keep the needs of the young at the forefront of their minds".

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Jewish nursery opens in Edgware

November 4, 2010

A new Jewish nursery school is opening in Edgware this month.

In premises next to Edgware Synagogue, Gan Ilanot will provide full-time day care for 15 children from one-year-old up to school age. Six places are already taken.

Former Moriah Day School Jewish studies teacher Jonthan Greenberg is the Gan Ilanot head, whose duties will extend to preparing the hot kosher lunches. Two qualified nursery teachers have also been appointed.

Mr Greenberg, 34, began planning the nursery nearly 18 months ago. He hopes to add a sensory garden in the near future.

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