Community life

Veteran volunteers pick up care awards

June 25, 2009

In National Volunteers Week, Jewish Care honoured some of its most dedicated helpers in a ceremony at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre.

Among the winners were residents Solle Frankel, 98, and Hettie Tauber, 93, who were honoured for their respective contributions to the charity’s Rubens House in Finchley and Vi and John Rubens House in Redbridge.

A new award went to Sam Jacobs for her work on the e-file project for the mental health team. She spent six months collating client contact information and support plans for a central information resource.


Sunderland’s listed shul is up for sale

By Cathy Forman, June 25, 2009

The Sunderland Synagogue building has been put up for sale, three years after the congregation disbanded.

Its owners, the Shlomo Memorial Fund, purchased the Grade II listed building in 2000 with the intention that the Jewish community would use it for as long as possible. The final Shabbat service was held in March 2006.

It had been hoped that the Gateshead community would also utilise the premises, but no interest had been expressed.


Wax leads Wizo networkers

June 25, 2009

Ruby Wax was the star turn for Wizo when it launched a business networking venture in collaboration with the JC in central London.

The JCWizonet is designed to encourage working men and women across the generations to share business experience and expertise.


Protesters left to watch the birdies

By Stephanie Brickman, June 25, 2009

A Glasgow charity golf day for Israel passed off without major incident on Tuesday as a call for disruption by the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign attracted minimal support.

Officials at Bonnyton Golf Club, which hosted the annual JNF/KKL Scotland Professionals Pro-Am tournament, reported that the eight people who turned up to demonstrate were outnumbered by police. The Community Security Trust had also sent representatives from Manchester.


Elstree eruv gets pole gains

By Jay Grenby, June 25, 2009

An eruv covering much of Borehamwood and Elstree is almost ready to go, members of the area’s two Orthodox communities have been told.

The final requirement before work can begin is the formal rubber-stamping of marginally revised plans by Hertsmere Council and Hertfordshire County Council’s highways department.


Hackney mumps outbreak

By James Martin, June 25, 2009

A mumps outbreak within Stamford Hill’s Orthodox community has prompted the local health authority to urge parents to ensure their children have received the MMR vaccine.

The City and Hackney Primary Care Trust has offered to send immunisation teams to five Orthodox Jewish schools in north Hackney following outbreaks in two Orthodox boys’ primary schools in the area over the past few weeks. One of the schools is said to be the Machzikei Hadath in Clapton, but the care trust could not confirm this.


School chairman denies crisis claim

By Simon Rocker, June 25, 2009

The chairman of the governors of Simon Marks Jewish Primary School in Stoke Newington, north London, has denied claims of a crisis and of the impending dismissal of three staff. These allegations were made in an anonymous letter purportedly from a parent which was sent to the JC and others this week.

But Simon Marks chairman Peter Kessler insisted: “The school is not in crisis. It is undergoing a process of gradual change for the better.


Young ParliaMentors make interfaith gains

By Simon Rocker, June 25, 2009

The Lord Speaker, Baroness Hayman, has saluted a “tremendously innovative” scheme to promote contacts between young Jews, Muslims and Christians.

She hosted a House of Lords reception for the second group of graduates of the Three Faiths Forum’s “ParliaMentors” programme, in which teams of students from the three religions undertake projects under the tutelage of an MP.

“The worse the global situation, the more important it is that individuals don’t retreat into nihilism and believe they can’t do anything,” Baroness Hayman said.


Bradford is forced to sell

June 25, 2009

Bradford’s Reform congregation has reluctantly agreed to the sale of its Grade II listed building as “a very last resort”.

The proposal was supported at an EGM on Monday, despite opposition from within the 35-member shul.

Those against the sale include Rachel Yosef, who feels it would be the “death blow” for Bradford Reform. “We need to seize on the last fragment of hope and raise enough money to ensure that this sale does not happen.”


Festival crowds flock to Leeds for arts showcase

June 25, 2009

Over 2,500 advance tickets were snapped up for the ninth Leeds Jewish International Performing Arts Festival, which was opened on Sunday at the Carriageworks Theatre by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Judith Elliott.

First night performances included Steven Brinberg’s tribute to Barbra Streisand, Simply Barbra and Josh Epstein’s speed-dating comedy 7 Girls 7 Guys 7 Minutes. Israeli singer-songwriter Ronit Shahar, London cantor Steven Leas and comedian Mark Maier were among other stars of the five-day event.