Community life

Blue kisses raise money for sisters' charity

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 21, 2010

Two sisters have launched a world record charity attempt to raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension, an incurable lung condition which claimed the life of their sister.


Building work planned for Ealing synagogue

May 21, 2010

Ealing Synagogue congregants have overwhelmingly endorsed plans for a six-figure redevelopment of its premises.

Plans include a new shul, kitchen, toilets, rabbi's and administrative offices and a multi-purpose function hall.

Work is set to begin after the High Holy-Days with completion by the summer of 2011.

"We are delighted the US trustees have agreed to assist the Ealing community to ensure we have facilities fit for the future," said Robin Preston, chair of the 180-member congregation.


Barnet mayor names Camp Simcha

May 21, 2010

New Barnet mayor Anthony Finn has named Camp Simcha as one of the charities he will support during his year in office.

Councillor Finn has chosen to support the Hendon-based charity which aims at improving the quality of life for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Noah's Ark Children's Hospice, a local charity providing practical support to life-limited children and their families, is to be the other mayoral charity.

The new mayor said: "I hope to serve the borough well, while raising important funds for two very worthy local charities."


WJR drive 2,000km to give aid to communities

May 21, 2010

World Jewish Relief volunteers have driven 2,000 kilometres across Europe to deliver two nine-seater vans to deprived Jewish communities.

Leaving from London, the volunteers travelled to Lithuania and Latvia as part of WJR's Mission Impossible, having raised the money for the vans, which were handed over in Vilnius and Riga.

On her fourth Mission Impossible, Hampstead housewife Siobhan Ezra was the group's sole female volunteer.


Bournemouth synagoue to open kosher shop

By Corinne Rein, May 21, 2010

Kosher provision in Bournemouth is being extended with the opening of a shop on the premises of the local Hebrew congregation.

It offers goods unavailable from supermarket kosher sections. Before Shavuot, for example, customers were able to buy soft cheese for blintzes and cakes and a variety of speciality cheeses and baked items for the festival.

There is also meat and poultry, deli items and confectionery. Run by a team of volunteers,the shop will initially open on Thursdays and on Friday and Sunday mornings.


Bayfield: Israel's friends can criticise

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 21, 2010

Reform Jews should not be scared to offer constructive criticism of Israel, delegates were told at the movement's biennial conference, held in Manchester at the weekend.

Three-hundred delegates were at the conference, which was split between the Manchester Reform, Cheshire Menorah and Whitefield Sha'arei Shalom shuls.


Maccabi urges action against pitch vandalism

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 21, 2010

Manchester Maccabi is urging action against youths who have been damaging one of its football pitches.

Police have been called to the Prestwich club on a number of occasions after the teenagers refused to stop riding bikes over the pitch. The club has a land management deal with the local council for use of the grounds, but their location on a public thoroughfare prevents the club from fencing the pitch off. Sergeant Ian Campbell of the Prestwich neighbourhood policing team says extra patrols have started.


Trainee ministers intern for Shavuot

May 21, 2010

A Shavuot intern programme is giving United Synagogue trainee ministers first-hand experience of the life of a community rabbi.

Under the scheme, Ben Kurzer has been assigned to Belmont, Elchonon Feldman to Borehamwood and Binny Fogelgarn to Edgware.

After spending Shavuot in their designated communities, their week ends on Sunday with a brunch with Dayan Yonason Abraham.


Rainbow home for Leeds learning disabled

By John Fisher, May 21, 2010

Leeds Rainbow Project's home for the learning disabled was officially opened by Jeremy Burton, grandson of the late clothing magnate, Sir Montague Burton.

Local Jewish Welfare Board president Edward Ziff said the fit-out of Montague House had been made possible by a generous donation from the Burton Trust.

"We see yet again the wonderful generosity of the Burton family, who have a long association with the welfare board."


TfL rejects Golders Green-Stamford Hill bus

By Robyn Rosen, May 21, 2010

A bridge-building exercise with the Orthodox community by Transport for London officials has been dismissed as a "sham" after suggestions for enhancements in services were rejected.

During a meeting in February called by TfL to improve relations and discuss transport issues, TfL officers pledged to "get discussion going" on a range of issues.

These included relaxing parking restrictions on Shabbat and High Holy-Days, introducing public buses for Jewish school pupils and extending the 210 Brent Cross-Finsbury Park bus route to Stamford Hill.