Community life

FZY voters select new look for centenary

June 11, 2009

Federation of Zionist Youth members went to the polls to choose a new movement logo to mark FZY’s 100th anniversary.

Over 400 votes were cast online, or through Facebook and Twitter. The winning design reflects the landmark anniversary, with an accom-panying tagline: “One movement, one family, 100 years”.

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Immanuel still popular

By Leon Symons, June 11, 2009

The head of Anglo-Jewry's leading private Orthodox secondary school has allayed fears of a lessening in demand due to the credit crunch.
Philip Skelker said applications for Immanuel College in Bushey were “stacking up very satisfactorily for the autumn. It has been a slower process but we are recruiting well.

“However, we are seeing something unusual — Jewish children who have been attending private non-Jewish schools wanting to transfer to Immanuel in years eight and nine. If you take this into account, we are looking very healthy indeed.”

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Jcore makes historical case for helping refugees

June 11, 2009

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality is urging community members to get involved in Refugee Week, which begins on Monday.

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Big week for small scientists

June 11, 2009

Lord Winston lent expert support to a science week at North West London Jewish Day School in Brent.

The peer observed pupils’ mini-experiments, answered scientific questions and gave an illuminating presentation on the human brain using eggs and a pot of water.

Other activities included a show from the Science Museum outreach team and an interactive electricity exhibition.

Brent Council provided hands-on recycling workshops and the nursery children monitored the development of chicks in an incubator. Parental participation in the week was encouraged.

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Best hummus is Iraqi-inspired

By James Martin, June 11, 2009

A 26-year-old trainee chef tasted victory in the second annual HummusFest staged by the Jewish Community Centre at Hampstead Town Hall on Sunday.

Tal Kedmy was one of 20 individuals and teams given 45 minutes to showcase their hummus-making skills using identical ingredients including chickpeas, tahina, parsley and olive oil.

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In a league of their own

June 11, 2009

Two League of Jewish Women groups have been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, an accolade equivalent in status to an MBE.

The league’s North-West Region, covering Greater Manchester and the Fylde coast, has been recognised for its work with the Jewish and wider community, such as helping at hospitals, schools and care facilities. Headstart, a sub-group based at Manchester’s Christie Hospital, works to boost the morale of chemotherapy patients.

Regional vice-president Averill Moore said the 550-member organisation was “overwhelmed, thrilled and excited”.

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Riding a rickshaw into record books

June 11, 2009

Two young fundraisers are planning a world record pedal-rickshaw ride in aid of grassroots development in India.

Simon Etkind and Lianna Hulbert, both 24, will be taking a circuitous 932-mile route from Lands End to Lowestoft to meet the Guinness Book of Records’ requirement of a minimum 1,500 kilometres distance. They aim to complete their summer adventure in 24 days, using Shabbat for recuperation.

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Call to join care collaboration

By Jonathan Kalmus, Manchester, June 11, 2009

The impending merger of Manchester Jewry’s largest welfare organisations, The Fed and Heathlands Care Village, could pave the way for a one-stop Jewish welfare body in the city.

Addressing a Manchester Jewish Representative Council meeting on Sunday, Fed chairman Marc Adlestone said other local care organisations would have to decide whether to join forces with the merged organisation. But there would be significant practical benefits, he argued.

“There is huge overlap. Communal assets are not being properly used and funding grants are not being accessed.”

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PM thanks Brummer

By Candice Krieger, June 4, 2009

Our columnist Alex Brummer celebrated a “significant” birthday last week with letters from Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling, praising his reporting of the financial crisis. Twenty-one again, Alex?

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Bus stop dismays Charedim

By James Martin, June 4, 2009

A move to establish a direct bus link between Golders Green and Stamford Hill has stalled on cost grounds, to the disappointment of the Charedi community.

Response to a four-month study conducted by Transport for London watchdog London TravelWatch demonstrated “a very clear requirement for a bus service between the two places”.

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