Community life

New Wizo role

October 14, 2010

Linda Boxer is to head what is believed to be the country's largest Jewish women's charity.

Mrs Boxer, who takes up the post of executive director at Wizo.uk, has held the position of finance manager at the charity for the past 18 months. She said she was "delighted to have the opportunity to take my role still further within Wizo.uk and I am very much looking forward to the challenges and new initiatives it presents. It is a privilege to work for this well-established charity which makes such a difference to disadvantaged families in Israel."

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UK Holocaust Centre gains official status

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2010

The UK Holocaust Centre is marking its 15th anniversary, and has been accredited as an official museum by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Centre director Helen Whitney said she was delighted that the museum had been accredited: "This is exciting and rewarding news for the centre and sets the scene for continued development of our collections and our provision of engaging, challenging, high quality education for young people about the Holocaust and its lessons for today."

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Thames' class act at Limmud

October 14, 2010

The days may be drawing in but the sun came out for the 250 participants who came from Liberal and Orthodox communities including Amersham, Bristol, London, Maidenhead, Oxford, Reading, Swindon and Weybridge to join the fourth Thames Valley Limmud on Sunday.

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Revamp joy in Southgate

October 14, 2010

Southgate Progressive Synagogue has been making good use of its revamped community hall after a facelift that cost more than £220,000.

Synagogue chairwoman Mandi Dobias said the facility, which includes disabled access, "has the wow factor. The hall is done in wonderful taste." The refitted hall also houses a new bimah and stained glass windows. "It can also fulfill its existing uses for the community, such as for cheder activities and the Jewish Care club, while still being a religious space."

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MP James Clappison at Bushey ceremony

By Jay Grenby, October 14, 2010

Hertsmere Borough Council held its annual civic service at Bushey United Synagogue, where the current mayor, Cllr Linda Silver, and her husband Geoffrey, have been members for almost 40 years.

Joining the 200-plus gathering were fellow mayors from across the county, MP James Clappison and Hertfordshire Deputy Lord Lieutenant Stuart Nagler, himself a former Hertsmere mayor.

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Rabbi appears via video-link

By Jay Grenby, October 14, 2010

A little matter like the 5,000 miles temporarily separating Rabbi Pete Tobias from his religion school pupils at The Liberal Synagogue Elstree wasn't going to stop him taking the weekly service. Despite his absence from Hertfordshire on a visit to his son in Los Angeles, it was thanks to the power of the internet, and a devotion to duty which saw him rise at 4.15 am, California time, that the minister was able to lead the 15-minute service which concludes the Sunday morning sessions.

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Kilimanjaro climbers raise £105k for cancer

By Katie Taylor, October 14, 2010

Friends and family of Jason Boas, who died of pancreatic cancer at 34, have climbed Kilimanjaro to raise £105,000 for a charity in his honour.

No Surrender was established to provide a networking website for other cancer sufferers. The site has 500 members and the charity also funds the Jason Boas fellowship at University College Hospital, London, which is carrying out research into pancreatic cancer.

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Belsize Square picks American rabbi as leader

October 14, 2010

The independent Belsize Square Synagogue has chosen a Conservative rabbi from the United States to be its next spiritual leader.

Rabbi Stuart Altshuler, 57, will take up his post in January as successor to Rabbi Rodney Mariner who will retire on his 70th birthday in May.

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Leeds mitzvah chain adds link

October 14, 2010

The Leeds Mitzvah Chain completed another leg of its journey across the community.

Geoff Caplan, chairman of Donisthorpe Hall, handed over the mitzvah menorah baton on behalf of the care home to Rabbi Jason Kleiman of Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue.

The mitzvah project, organised by Leeds emissary Gilad Amit, aims at motivating communal organisations to perform good deeds for each other.

Donisthorpe received the baton last month from Sinai Synagogue's Roger Lawford at a musical entertainment given at the home by Sinai members.

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Blind historian guest at new dinner venue

October 14, 2010

Liverpool's Jewish forum dinners have been revived by a move to King David High School.

The first dinner at the new venue saw 60 people enwrapped by guest speaker Liverpool historian Steve Binns. The community historian, who has been blind from birth but received an MBE for contributions to Liverpool's heritage, spoke about the city's historic Jewish characters such as Zionist Bertram B Benas, while also speaking about his hero, former prime minister and Liverpool-born William Ewart Gladstone.

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