Community life

Strictly Orthodox Interlink Foundation expands

By Robyn Rosen, February 4, 2010

The future looks “positive” for the Interlink Foundation, the umbrella organisation for strictly Orthodox charities, after two years of deficit.

Addressing Interlink’s annual meeting, held in Stamford Hill and attended by over 100 charity representatives, trustee Rabbi Aba Dunner said a lot of hard work had been done to generate fresh income.


Belarus rabbi joins Nottingham synagogue

February 4, 2010

The twinning relationship between Nottingham and Minsk was strengthened on Sunday when Belarus native Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich was inducted as minister of the Nottingham Progressive congregation.

Rabbi Sakhnovich is no stranger to Nottingham Progressive, having served there for the final year placement of her Leo Baeck College studies. She said she brought “energy and enthusiasm” to the role and felt proud to lead “an open minded and welcoming community”.


New rabbi for Luton airport prayer room

February 4, 2010

Rabbi Alan Plancey is an associate chaplain at the new multi-faith prayer room at Luton Airport — the second in the UK after Heathrow to offer the facility beyond the security search area.The Elstree Synagogue emeritus minister will focus on staff and passengers on Tel Aviv flights.

Located on the upper level of the departure lounge, it is open around the clock. The chaplaincy team, led by the Reverend Michael Banfield, worked with the airport on the design and equipping of the room.


Rabbi Pinter: I blocked City Hall kaddish by woman rabbi

By Robyn Rosen, February 4, 2010

Leading Charedi personality Rabbi Avraham Pinter has been revealed as the complainant to Boris Johnson’s office who prevented a woman Reform rabbi from saying kaddish at the Holocaust Memorial Day event at City Hall last week.


Ireland’s President visits Belfast synagogue

By Joe Cohen, February 4, 2010

Mary McAleese praised the achievements of Belfast Jewry when making the first visit by an Irish President to the community’s synagogue.

Addressing 40 members, President McAleese recalled growing up in Belfast and her many Jewish friends at Belfast University. She told her audience to “never ever underestimate your influence and power. Belfast would not be what it is without the commitment of this small community, who have made a contribution to every level in the world of politics, business, arts and education.”


George Osborne backs Israel

February 4, 2010

Shadow Chancellor George Osborne has assured a high-powered audience of Jewish businessmen and women of his strong support for Israel.

He told 300 guests at the Jewish Care breakfast at London’s Mansion House on Monday: “Over the next couple of years, the state of Israel is going to face all sorts of challenges and I want you to know I am a good friend of Israel.”

On a visit to the country with Conservative Friends of Israel, he had seen “the miracle created in the desert there”.


Jewish charities struggle on funds

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2010

Communal welfare organisations are facing a further squeeze on their funding from local authorities, increasing the pressure to raise more from donors to maintain services.

Jewish Care chairman Stephen Zimmerman told a breakfast meeting of its business group this week that the charity was still battling with Barnet Council over funding.

“This year Jewish Care is currently not going to receive any increase in the amount given by our largest local authority and we are even fighting to achieve the status quo.”


Belfast remember the Holocaust

By Joe Cohen, January 28, 2010

Ulster Television presenter Paul Clark was master of ceremonies for the Northern Ireland HMD event which was at Belfast City Hall.

More than 400 people attended the event in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Belfast Naomi Long and the Junior Minister Robin Newton.


North Tyneside: 100 candles for Holocaust Memorial

By Cathy Forman, January 28, 2010

A ceremony in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides took place at North Tyneside's Council Chamber. The event, hosted by the chairman of North Tyneside Council, Councillor Michael Huscroft, Mayor Councillor Linda Arkley and the borough's Holocaust Memorial Committee, culminated in the lighting of 100 candles.


Police vow to tackle hate crime

January 28, 2010

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson used an HMD meeting to reiterate the Met’s commitment to tackling hate crime.

Addressing a commemoration organised by the Jewish Police Association in Hendon, Sir Paul said: “It is important to recognise that many different groups suffered during the Holocaust. New police recruits here today have learnt as part of their training about prejudice, discrimination, and hate crime.”

The Association of Muslim Police was represented at the event and pupils from the Hasmonean Primary and Independent Jewish schools also attended.