Community life

Synagogue-goers told to avoid anti-fascist march through park

By Stephanie Brickman, February 18, 2010

A popular route to shul for Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation members will be off limits tomorrow because of an anti-Fascist march by Scotland United, organised in protest against a Scottish Defence League rally.

The park known as The Meadows is crossed by some members of the community on their way to and from shul.

Two Lothian and Borders police officers visited the shul on Shabbat to warn congregants to avoid The Meadows on February 20.

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Jewish Museum £10m makeover almost complete

By Robyn Rosen, February 18, 2010

Finishing touches are being applied to the £10 million refurbishment of the Jewish Museum in Camden.

The state-of-the-art building will open to the public on March 17 with four permanent galleries and another for temporary exhibitions, a 100-seat auditorium, education space, café and shop. It will be three times the size of the previous space, combining its Albert Street premises with an adjacent former piano factory.

Building work began over two years ago and the project has benefited from a £4.2 million lottery grant.

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Special Olympics selection

February 18, 2010

Ravenswood resident Lawrence Black has been selected for the British team for the Special Olympics European Games in Poland in September.

The 56-year-old will compete in the shot put, 50 metres sprint and 400 metres walk and will be hoping to add to the two silvers and a bronze won at the national Special Olympics last year.

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Butcher loses fight to stop rival opening

By Leon Symons, February 18, 2010

A Hendon kosher butcher's has lost a battle to prevent a competitor starting up a few doors away.

The fourth branch of Albert Bendahan's Kosher Delicatessen chain opened on Monday in Brent Street, on the corner of Heriot Road, close to the premises of Nissim Glatt Kosher, established by Nissim Chabbat eight years ago. Both are under the supervision of the London Board for Shechitah (LBS).

"We fought against this," said Mr Chabbat's wife Lilian. "We wrote letters and we spoke to the LBS but nobody listened. Many of our suppliers complained on our behalf.

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Calls to Drugsline double

By James Martin, February 18, 2010

The drugs helpline set up by a Chabad rabbi is reporting a 100 per cent rise in Jewish callers.

Drugsline, providing confidential information and support for people with drug and alcohol problems, says that 168 callers in 2009 identified themselves as Jewish. In 2008, the number was 85.

Of the 168, 130 rang over drug issues and 14 about alcohol problems. Twelve people called over both drug and alcohol problems and a further 12 rang about other addictions. Calls were from both users, friends and family.

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Radlett rabbi quits for educating role

By Jay Grenby, February 18, 2010

Rabbi Ariel Abel has stunned Radlett Synagogue's honorary officers by announcing that he is quitting after five years to pursue his educational interests.

He will take up the directorship of the Jewish Heraldic Foundation, "a new venture that will aim to educate and inspire young people to pioneer, lead and achieve more, both in the Jewish and the wider community". Rabbi Abel explained that the foundation "will run various projects with interested partners and fulfil a role in recognising and honouring rising stars in the Jewish community".

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Delamere Forest school plans move

By Leon Symons, February 18, 2010

Delamere Forest special needs school is to close its property in the Cheshire countryside after 88 years to realise a long-held ambition to move to north Manchester, close to the Jewish community.

The move results from a partnership with the Together Trust, a non-Jewish social care organisation helping children and adults with special needs.

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Bournemouth breakaway group change name

By Cathy Forman, February 11, 2010

The breakaway group from Bournemouth Reform Synagogue has changed its name.

Originally known as the Southern Reform Community, it is now called the Southern Jewish Community.

“Our name has had to be changed to comply with a request from the Movement for Reform Judaism,” explained group member David Sheaf. “They felt that having ‘Reform’ in our name might lead people to think we are already affiliated. This we considered a reasonable request.” However, the group still hoped to affiliate to Reform.

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Kisharon is 'satisfactory' says Ofsted

February 11, 2010

The Kisharon special needs school in Golders Green has been graded educationally “satisfactory” by Ofsted.

It was rated as “good” for both spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and welfare, health and safety.

Ofsted reported “a positive start with the new Early Years Foundation stage framework” and that overall, “the school has made satisfactory progress since the previous inspection and now meets all the regulations for independent schools”.

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Synagogue hosts Bafta party

By Jay Grenby, February 11, 2010

New North London Synagogue held its own Bafta party to raise funds towards its £4 million shul building.

Nearly 200 members and friends of the Masorti congregation enjoyed a conversation between writer, director and producer Sir Alan Parker and veteran film critic Barry Norman at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Piccadilly.

With credits as diverse as Midnight Express and Bugsy Malone, Sir Alan had a store of anecdotes to draw upon.

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