Community life

A bite at interfaith follows kosher food

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 4, 2010

A kiddush for 100 Christians at a Leeds synagogue has spawned a new interfaith initiative to create a Jewish heritage day out for schoolchildren and faith groups.

Three weeks ago Alwoodley's Etz Chaim Synagogue hosted 100 members of the neighbouring St John the Evangelist Church which was looking for a large reception venue after a major ceremony. The food had to be kosher so the synagogue laid on a kosher Christian kiddush.

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Lord Sacks: 'Take note London'

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 4, 2010

The Chief Rabbi has said an ambitious project to celebrate 150 years of Leeds Jewry should be replicated in other UK communities.

Lord Sacks was guest speaker at a dinner at Etz Chaim Synagogue for 200 people to launch LJ150, which will see public exhibitions of the city's Jewish heritage over the next two years.

Commenting afterwards, he praised "the way that generations are in dialogue through this project and the way community elders keep the needs of the young at the forefront of their minds".

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Jewish nursery opens in Edgware

November 4, 2010

A new Jewish nursery school is opening in Edgware this month.

In premises next to Edgware Synagogue, Gan Ilanot will provide full-time day care for 15 children from one-year-old up to school age. Six places are already taken.

Former Moriah Day School Jewish studies teacher Jonthan Greenberg is the Gan Ilanot head, whose duties will extend to preparing the hot kosher lunches. Two qualified nursery teachers have also been appointed.

Mr Greenberg, 34, began planning the nursery nearly 18 months ago. He hopes to add a sensory garden in the near future.

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Honeymooners join Kenyan charity cycle

November 4, 2010

Norwood's money-spinning Kenyan bike ride was very much a family affair.

Some £400,000 was raised by the 120 cyclists, who included four husbands and wives, four fathers and sons, supporters from Brazil and America and users of Norwood services.

Ariella and Jeremie Dreyfuss, who married last year, used the 400 kilometre ride as a delayed honeymoon.

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Ealing celebrate early Mitzvah Day

By Jay Grenby, November 4, 2010

Mitzvah Day came early for Ealing Synagogue members this year.

Rather than abandon participation in the annual day of good deeds because of the imminent start on the shul hall redevelopment, congregants decided to advance their contribution.

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Persian community join the US

November 4, 2010

Finchley Persian Sephardi Min-yan has formally joined Finchley Synagogue (Kinloss) as a satellite community, with full United Synagogue membership status and Kinloss congregant benefits. It is first formal arrangement between a United and Sephardi community.

The Persian minyan has operated from the Finchley Synagogue site for a number of years. As part of the recent Kinloss refurbishment, a new shul was constructed for the minyan.

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Films Without Borders premiere in London

By Jessica Elgot, November 4, 2010

Young film directors from Israel and Palestine were given a royal welcome by Prince Edward following the London Film Festival premiere of their projects for Films Without Borders.

They were two of three chosen in April by the charity, which teaches film-making to young people in conflict zones, to each record an interview with Star Wars creator George Lucas. The other was from Rwanda.

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Tour teens' Reform voucher aid

By Simon Rocker, November 4, 2010

Every teenager who has had a bar- or batmitzvah in a Reform synagogue is to be given a £100 voucher towards the cost of an Israel summer tour.

Recipients will be able to redeem their voucher if they opt to go on tour with RSY-Netzer. The new scheme has been sponsored in memory of Tilda Warshaw, a prominent Emunah member who died last year.

RSY worker Alma Smith said: "A bar or batmitzvah is an important step along a young person's Jewish journey and we are delighted that we can be a part of such a special occasion."

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£300K push for Moroccan members

By Katie Taylor, November 4, 2010

Leaders of the Jacob Benjamin Elias Synagogue in Stamford Hill hope a £300,000 extension will be finished in January and will improve dining, educational and social facilities for the Sephardi community.

Shul president Barook Abraham said: "Our congregation consists mainly of Iraqi Jews with some Syrian and Persian Jews. We want to extend links to Asian and Moroccan Jews. By having more activities in shul, we hope to establish a more integrated community."

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Reform revises cash plan

By Simon Rocker, November 4, 2010

The Reform movement has had to revise hopes of recording a small surplus this year - and is instead forecasting a deficit of £32,600.

Reform spends around £3,150,000 and had budgeted at the year's start for a profit of £28,600. Treasurer Hugh Lask told Reform council members at Sunday's quarterly meeting in London: "The forecast reflects the tough conditions in which we find ourselves."

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