Community life

Community, students welcome north-east chaplain

November 18, 2010

Newcastle community members joined students from Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham universities at a Friday night dinner to welcome the first dedicated north-east Jewish student chaplain, Rabbi Mati Kos, and his wife Vanessa.

University Jewish Chaplaincy chief executive Ian Kamiel says the appointment is a timely one, given the growing Jewish student population. The official recognition by Durham University of Rabbi Kos as a student chaplain is considered a major step forward.

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Brodetsky school closes again

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 18, 2010

The Brodetsky Jewish Primary in Leeds was closed on Wednesday after a ruptured pipe shut down its heating system.

Last week the school was closed for two days when heavy rain flooded the electrical room.

The school said engineers were working to get the heating up and running.

Its separate state-funded and private nurseries were unaffected.

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Home found for Haringey free school

By Robyn Rosen, November 18, 2010

The location has been revealed for Haringey Jewish Primary, one of the new government-funded free schools which is set to open next September.

Peter Kessler, joint project leader, told a meeting of 200 parents that the school would be in Creighton Avenue, Muswell Hill, next to the well-regarded Fortismere secondary. He hoped it could share some Fortismere facilities.

"It will be a completely new building which is not the case for many of the new free schools," he said. "If approved, the government will fund it, which is an amazing opportunity."

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Boris Johnson backs big Mitzvah Day

November 18, 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and London Mayor Boris Johnson are supporting the final push for Mitzvah Day, Sunday's community-wide volunteering initiative.

Dr Williams says "the Jewish community should be proud of what they achieve each Mitzvah Day. I am also proud that increasing numbers of Anglican groups are joining our Jewish friends, both to build bridges and to make a difference to those in our community who, from time to time, need a helping hand."

Mr Johnson describes the day as an example of the community spirit he wants to see across the capital.

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Survey on violence against women

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2010

Experiences and perceptions of domestic abuse will be sought in the first survey into violence against women in the Jewish community.

Jewish Women's Aid will survey both service users and other Jewish women about domestic violence and the way it is perceived.

It will be conducted by Dr Sarah Abramson, senior policy researcher at the Board of Deputies, who said: "Whatever we might think, no research has ever found that domestic violence is more prevalent in any race, ethnic group or religion. It will affect one-in-four Jewish women.

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Fergie and Simon Cowell relish their starring roles

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2010

The stars came out for Norwood with Simon Cowell, the Duchess of York, Sir Philip Green, Theo Paphitis and Vanessa Feltz among the dinner guests.Simon Cowell - a close friend of Norwood president Richard Desmond - good naturedly responded to the many requests for photos. And he left fans in no doubt of his pride in his Jewish heritage.

"I've been coming to the Norwood dinners for many years now," he told the JC. "I can never say no when Richard asks me.

"This night is something very special. In times like these, charities do need our help more than before. Everyone's asking for more."

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Simon Cowell, Kate Garraway help raise £3.3m for Norwood

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2010

Norwood supporters responded to the charity's financial crisis by turning out in numbers for Monday's annual dinner, raising £3.3 million.

The proceeds were £600,000 up on last year, leaving the welfare charity £400,000 short of the additional
£1 million needed from the community. This is part of a £4 million cost-cutting package to cover slashed statutory services income. The remainder is being achieved by pay cuts for front-line care staff and head office redundancies. Savings were also made on the dinner itself.

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We need more cash, says chief

By John Fisher, November 11, 2010

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board president Edward Ziff has accused the community of not doing enough to support the charity.

Addressing some 80 people at the LJWB's 132nd annual meeting at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre on Monday evening, Mr Ziff said that fundraising is always a crucial issue.

"It is politically correct to say that the community is 'doing well' but the reality is that while this community is as affluent as it has ever been that does not show itself in the form of an outward support of this organisation."

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Desmond's claims criticised

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 11, 2010

The Manchester Representative Council's president Lucille Cohen has criticised claims made by media mogul Richard Desmond that antisemitism was the result of ostentatious simchah celebrations.

Mr Desmond made the comments last week at the Manchester CST dinner. Mrs Cohen said she disagreed with him, saying "antisemitism is a phenomenon that has existed from time immemorial and raises its head in each and every generation, often exhibiting a changed complexion. It does not need catalysts, just pretexts."

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A guiding light

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 11, 2010

Leeds' Etz Chaim Synagogue has developed a new downloadable guide to help non-Jews who attend services as guests to understand its rituals and customs.

The Etz Chaim Guide for Visitors, a downloadable 11-page synopsis, includes the do's and don'ts about what to wear, the best time to arrive and how to muddle your way through a siddur and chumash.

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