Community life

Fears for future as Mamlock groups disperse

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 3, 2010

Hopes for a new communal building to house Manchester Zionist organisations have been dashed as former users of UJIA's Mamlock House disperse to separate locations.

UJIA's sale of the dilapidated north Manchester premises - which have been at the centre of local pro-Israel activity for nearly 50 years - was intended to save £50,000 annually in running costs. A number of parties have expressed interest in the site.

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Outspoken minister ousted

By Stephanie Brickman, September 3, 2010

Glasgow's historic Garnethill Synagogue is dispensing with the services of its long-time minister because of his "unacceptable behaviour".

Aharon Soudry has worked for Garnethill on a freelance basis for 20 years and shul chairman Gerald Levin claimed there had been many instances where his behaviour had fallen short of the standards expected of a spiritual leader.

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Corrie star's FJS opening night

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 3, 2010

A newly refurbished mental health facility has been opened by Manchester's Federation of Jewish Services as part of its merger with the Healthlands Village.

Modelled on a cafe lounge, the ground floor space in Heathlands' Eventhall House in Prestwich was officially launched by Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine at a party on Tuesday night. The actress takes a particular interest in mental health issues as her father Tom chairs a charity supporting mood disorder sufferers.

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Solicitor-General backs non-invasive post-mortems

September 3, 2010

Scottish Solicitor-General Frank Mulholland has assured Jewish representatives that the Crown Office is committed to encouraging non-surgical forms of post-mortem.

Following a meeting between Mr Mulholland and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, the Crown Office is to issue new guidance to procurators fiscal and pathologists backing the use of non-invasive methods acceptable in Jewish law, which can can also speed up the release of a body for burial.

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Teacher training goal

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 3, 2010

Manchester Mesivta headmaster Phaivish Pink is working to combat a shortage of highly-qualified Jewish studies teachers in Manchester schools.

On Sunday, the Torah Teachers Training Scheme, which he directs, organised a seminar in advanced classroom management skills for 25 local teachers. "There is no government requirement for kodesh staff to be qualified," Mr Pink pointed out. "But there is a growing recognition that professionally qualified kodesh staff are better and more effective."

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Appealing Scots seek £70k for welfare

By Stephanie Brickman, September 3, 2010

Jewish Care Scotland hopes to raise £70,000 from its annual appeal to enable it "to continue to provide the services that the community wants and needs". Thousands of leaflets are being mailed to supporters and board members will make personal appeals in Glasgow shuls over the festival period.

A charity representative said: "This year is going to be particularly tough with the economic climate, a growing ageing population and a shrinking community. However last year's targets were held and services maintained."

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Close knit group's tribute to a friend

September 2, 2010

Four north-west London women have been knitting blankets for elderly WJR clients in the former Soviet Union in memory of a dedicated supporter of the charity.

Mimi Israel, Vivienne Kesztenbaum, Georgette Salinger and Michele Stern are honouring their good friend Rosalind Beckman, who died of cancer a few years ago.

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Southend plans ahead

September 2, 2010

A major consultation exercise is being conducted by Jewish Care in Southend to help the charity plot future local provision.

Community members are being encouraged to complete a questionnaire available from Jewish Care's Southend facilities - Raymond House, Shebson House and Southend and Westcliff Community Centre. It seeks views on existing services and future needs.

Community centre manager Graham Freeman said the research would "make a real difference to Jewish Care's plans for Southend in the future.

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Zneimer to rescue at Radlett

By Jay Grenby, September 2, 2010

Having swapped a communal career for the commercial sector three years ago, former United Synagogue chief executive Rabbi Saul Zneimer is to make a temporary return to the pulpit.

From October, he will serve as part-time minister at Radlett Synagogue, which is without a rabbi following the departure of Ariel Abel. He will lead two Shabbatot each month and a weekly evening service.

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Service users show Jami's got talent

By Jessica Elgot, September 2, 2010

Mental health charity Jami staged an evening of home-grown talent, with seven service users showing off their skills in jazz, singing and poetry.

The talent show attracted a crowd of more than 60 to the Jami premises in Golders Green for a programme including violin and piano pieces.

David Malins, 55, from Colindale, who has recovered from bipolar disorder, read poetry from his self-published book Love Songs of Innocence and Experience and sang If I was a Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof.

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