Community life

Liberal rabbi extends northern role

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 11, 2010

Manchester's first Liberal rabbi has officially begun ministering to the only Liberal synagogue in the north of England.

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'In the Red' stays open

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 11, 2010

Record visitors to an exhibition into the lives of Manchester's early Jewish refugees has forced the Manchester Jewish Museum to keep the exhibition open.

The "In The Red" exhibition has been retained until 28 November after nearly 6,000 visitors have flocked to the museum since the display opened in May. It peers into the struggles of Jewish asylum seekers and economic migrants who made their homes in the slum area known as Red Bank and was partnered with an exhibition at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry.

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JNF pulls out of Midlands as it closes another base

By Jessica Elgot, November 11, 2010

JNF is to shut its office in Birmingham, following the closure of its Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester offices in August.

The charity will now operate from its central London office and a new regional office is planned for Manchester.

Birmingham's office will close on December 1. A date has not been fixed for the opening of the new Manchester office.

Ruth Jacobs, regional co-ordinator for JNF Midlands for 20 years, said the community had donated "hundreds of thousands of pounds" to the charity over 65 years in the city.

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Labouring for £241,000

By Leon Symons, November 11, 2010

The man who helped engineer the New Labour project told more than 600 business leaders and opinion formers what Labour needed to do to be re-elected.

Lord Mandelson, who was business secretary in the last Labour administration, said there were certain things that had to be aligned and perfect for the project to succeed.

"Any successful brand, whether in business or politics, needs the product, the service and the offer," he said at the Jewish Care Topland Group business lunch at Grosvenor House in Central London last week.

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Big Society? We invented it

By Robyn Rosen, November 11, 2010

The Government minister in charge of the Big Society initiative has praised the effect Mitzvah Day has on society.

Nick Hurd, the minister for civil society and MP for Northwood, Ruislip and Pinner, will join Rabbi Hillel Athias-Robles and other representatives from Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, as well as from the local Hindu community, on November 21 to deliver toys and books to Jake's Place, the Children's Ward at nearby Northwick Park hospital. The project is among thousands to take place on the fifth annual day of social action.

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Liberals in reshuffle

By Simon Rocker, November 11, 2010

Rabbi Danny Rich has been awarded a new five year contract as the chief executive of Liberal Judaism.

Leaders of the movement have also reorganised the management team at the Montagu Centre, its central London HQ, in order to allow Rabbi Rich - who took office in 2005 - more time for writing and public speaking.

Lucian Hudson, Liberal Judaism chairman, said: "Danny Rich is an exceptional leader who is held in high regard and with much affection. We are delighted to renew his contract."

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Teenager first to set up war graves website

By Leon Symons, November 11, 2010

A website that will eventually contain details of all the Jewish servicemen and women who gave their lives in two world wars goes live this week – and it has all been created by a teenager.

Daniel Levy's interest in war graves was sparked during a visit to France four years ago with his scout group. The youngster was struck by the number of Jewish graves they came across.

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'Parky' helps out

By Jessica Elgot, November 11, 2010

Cancer charity Mothers and Daughters has raised £75,000 for new research into a Jewish breast cancer gene by turning the spotlight round onto Britain's most famous interviewer - Sir Michael Parkinson.

As the guest speaker at their Ladies Luncheon at the Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire, 75-year-old "Parky" said he was keen to be there as "a supporter of cancer charities".

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Charedi charity bags award

By Robyn Rosen, November 11, 2010

A Charedi disabilities charity in Stamford Hill has won an award for its volunteering work.

Bikur Cholim D'Satmar has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers Quality Mark after a report found it "has a very dedicated group of volunteers who feel a sense of commitment to its activities".

The charity was founded in 1979 and provides support, facilities and services that range from hospital visits and respite breaks to transportation and delivering meals. There are 70 female volunteers.

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Shadowed rabbi in the frame

By Faga Speker, November 11, 2010

Newcastle photographer Paul Brown has published a pictorial account of a local rabbi after shadowing him for a year.

Fifty people attended a presentation of The Rabbi – A Year in the Life Of at Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation. At the event Rabbi Dovid Lewis and Mr Brown, who is not Jewish, spoke about how the photographer spent time with the rabbi and his family following their personal and public life.

Rabbi Lewis said: "At first it felt very strange, but very quickly Nachi, my wife and children Chaya and Tzivia settled and relaxed with Paul.

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