Community life

Refugee doctors celebrated

June 17, 2010

Leading figures from the medical world attended a lunch to mark the fifth edition of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality's guide for refugee doctors - and to celebrate the doctors' achievements.

First published in 1998, the guide offers "all you need to know about requalifying to work in the UK," explained Jcore executive director Dr Edie Friedman. "Refugees have had a difficult time. You want to smooth the path for them as much as possible."


Piers Morgan: I feel at home at Jewish events

By Jessica Elgot, June 17, 2010

Piers Morgan is beginning to feel very much at home at Jewish community events.

The Britain's Got Talent judge and former Mirror editor was the star attraction at the Norwood property lunch in central London which raised £500,000.


Sephardic community for St John's Wood

By Robyn Rosen, June 17, 2010

A Sephardi community has moved into St John's Wood Synagogue.

Anshei Shalom was set up seven years ago with eight families in temporary accommodation.

It has now grown to over 130 members.

Chair Robert Hayam said: "We started off in people's homes and then moved to a room in a hotel. We decided we needed a more permanent base, somewhere which gives us an infrastructure.


Dragon's Den for Langdon entrepreneurs

By Jessica Elgot, June 17, 2010

It was Dragons' Den with a difference in Edgware, the difference being that all seven budding entrepreneurs received financial and practical backing from the panel.

The ideas were sold to five "business angels" by London and Manchester-based young people with mild to moderate learning difficulties supported by the Langdon Foundation.

Over 50 people watched the candidates being quizzed by the angels, who included accountant Adam Cohen, internet specialist Dan Crown and construction boss Nigel Henry.


Batmitzvah in Catholic school

By Jessica Elgot, June 17, 2010

Woodside Park batmitzvah girl Sasha Miller completed her dvar Torah at a local Catholic school after the synagogue was evacuated in a security scare on Shabbat.

More than 300 congregants were forced to vacate the shul in the middle of the service after concern was raised about a badly parked van with a foreign number plate outside the shul.

Police and the CST were summoned but the vehicle was found to be a bakery van.


Chief Rabbi praises young volunteers

June 17, 2010

The Chief Rabbi lauded the achievements of young volunteers at the annual Yoni Jesner Awards, named in memory of a Bnei Akiva leader killed in a terrorist attack in Israel in 2002.

Lord Sacks and Marsha Gladstone, Yoni Jesner's mother, presented awards at St John's Wood Synagogue to year-eight pupils involved in the scheme, which promotes volunteering within the community and in wider society.

Recipients have assisted causes ranging from residential homes for the elderly to environmental projects.


Chai's £1 million extension

By Robyn Rosen, June 17, 2010

Chai Cancer Care has marked its 20th anniversary by opening a £1 million extension to its Hendon headquarters.

The new facility incorporates four counselling rooms, a large gym area, a waiting room with a separate entrance to protect privacy and garden areas.

It will allow the charity to provide services for an extra 200 people every week.

Actress Maureen Lipman and Conservative peer Lord Young were among more than 100 guests at a launch reception on Monday.


Israeli war veterans get London trip

June 17, 2010

A two-week UK visit for 17 Israeli war veterans organised by the Manchester branch of British Friends of Israel War Disabled went ahead despite a significant financial shortfall.

The annual trip, featuring activities around the north-west and two days' sightseeing in London, costs £20,000.

Manchester-based organiser Elaine Hamburger said the economic downturn had made fundraising difficult and half the money had yet to be raised. Cash was still coming in but any shortfall would be met by the national BFIWD organisation.


Ministers to audition for Prestwich synagogue

June 17, 2010

Candidates for the ministerial vacancy at Prestwich Hebrew Congregation have taken part in a series of auditions.

Four rabbinic hopefuls were each given a night to present a sermon and take questions from an audience of up to 100 members.

Clive Moss-Barclay, chair of the selection committee, was impressed by the calibre of the candidates. "We wanted to engage members of the shul within the process and for the rabbis to see what we are like.

"We had feedback forms from members and that will be followed up with a selection a panel."


UK's oldest Jewish man, 106, dies

By Stephanie Brickman, June 17, 2010

The man thought to be the UK's oldest Jew and the oldest man in Scotland died this week, aged 106.

Glasgow-born Samuel Latter passed away in Strachan House in Edinburgh, the residential home where he had lived for 10 years.

He was buried at Piershill cemetery on Tuesday next to his wife Flora.

Mr Latter was a member of Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation for 79 years.

His nephew Edward Green recalled him as "a bright and lively person. He will be remembered for his great sense of humour and his interest in all around him."