Community life

Young Scots make movie

September 29, 2010

In association with the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, the new Young Scot project is to produce an educational film about Jewish life and tradition.

A core group of 16-25-year-olds met in Edinburgh to discuss the venture. The plan is to use focus groups and questionnaires to gauge the perception of Judaism among young Scottish non-Jews and produce a film for schools and youth groups which delivers a positive message.

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Coalition cuts won't hit Scottish Holocaust scheme

By Stephanie Brickman, September 29, 2010

The Scottish government has confirmed that funding for sixth-formers to visit Auschwitz under the aegis of the Holocaust Educational Trust will survive any budgetary cutbacks.

MSPs have applauded the guarantee in a motion tabled by West of Scotland Conservative Jackson Carlaw.

"I know having talked to many pupils who have been to Auschwitz that it's a profoundly significant moment," Mr Carlaw said.

"It's having a very beneficial effect of a wider understanding among young people of just what racism can lead to in its worst form."

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Glasgow goes global by streaming shul

September 29, 2010

Internet streaming has given Glasgow Reform Synagogue's High Holy Day services a global audience.

As part of its commitment to supporting members unable to attend services, Glasgow Reform started streaming internet broadcasts of its services more than a year ago. It has compiled a library of past services which can be listened to through the shul's website, www.grs.org.uk.

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UJIA chief promises home sale benefits

By Cathy Forman, September 29, 2010

The incoming Manchester UJIA chairman has pledged that proceeds from the sale of its Mamlock House site will be ring-fenced for the community.

Hale-based Andrew Joseph, 47, who has served the organisation for 20 years, steps up from his role as vice-chair. "It is the intention that the proceeds from the sale of Mamlock House will be committed to a community asset," he said. "The exact nature of that asset is still to be decided."

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Knesset guest backing Wizo

September 28, 2010

Kadima Knesset Member Orit Zuaretz drew on a long involvement with Wizo when she addressed the charity's Sponsor A Child lunch in central London.

Ms Zuaretz was cared for at a Wizo centre when her family made aliyah from the Soviet Union in 1971, when she was four. Her mother became a Wizo member and the link has continued.

"I feel like a Wizo branch of the Knesset because Wizo and our goals are mutual," she told 50 supporters at the Grosvenor Square home of Loren and Steven Kaye. The reference was about working for women's rights.

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School backtracks on expansion plan

By Robyn Rosen, September 28, 2010

Akiva School in Finchley has backtracked on plans to expand to three-form entry.

In June, the primary applied to Barnet Council for funding to purchase the adjacent beit midrash from the Movement for Reform Judaism to make space for an extra form.

Philip Simmons, chair of the school's foundation, said then that the move had been prompted by high demand for places. But despite being awarded the funding, governors have now decided not to proceed.

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Love actually - East Ender and wife mark 76th anniversary

By Corinne Rein, September 28, 2010

Love continues to blossom in Bournemouth for a couple who are celebrating 76 years of marriage.

Helen and Maurice Kaye live independently in an East Cliff apartment. Warsaw-born Mrs Kaye, 97, attributes their lasting union to trust, being on the same wavelength and enjoying each other's company. "Our problems drew us together rather than pushed us apart. No one said it would be a bed of roses."

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Muslims in synagogue for post-fast feast

September 28, 2010

Sixteen Muslims and 18 Jews attended a post-Eid and Yom Kippur get-together at the New London Synagogue in St John's Wood.

Organised by Alif-Aleph (British Muslims and Jews), with the Coexistence Trust and the Cambridge Centre for Muslim-Jewish Relations, the event explored similarities in prayer and the question: "How does fasting at Ramadan and Yom Kippur help us to make moral decisions afterwards?" The discussion was led by New London's Rabbi Jeremy Gordon and Sheikh Michael Mumisa from the Cambridge centre.

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Mourners' cars vandalised during funeral

By Robyn Rosen, September 28, 2010

Mourners at a Bushey cemetery funeral are facing expensive vehicle repairs after "malicious" vandalism.

They discovered the damage following the funeral of Alan and Rochelle Bernard, who died after a car collided with them as they walked along a road to their holiday home in Dorset.

Graham Temple from Radlett, who had known the Bernards for more than 30 years, said the funeral had been attended by 800 people. "Even though we got there early, the car park had filled and many vehicles were parked along the grass verge outside the cemetery. I estimate there must have been 40 to 50.

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Play area tribute to Leeds cancer victim

September 28, 2010

A new play area at Leeds' Deborah Taylor Nursery has been named in honour of its late head teacher Denise Marks, who died of cancer in May, aged 55.

The 150 people who attended Sunday's ceremony heard former Brodetsky Primary head Simon Camby speak of the huge difference Mrs Marks had made to the children.

"Her legacy lives on here at the school she loved so much. I know I am a much richer person for having worked with her," he said. "We have a lot to remember and a lot to celebrate about a life that was well lived."

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