Community life

£50K aid for bone marrow registry

By John Fisher, June 24, 2010

The Ezer Mizion Bone Marrow Registry is to receive a £50,000 boost from a Leeds United Hebrew Congregation fundraiser.

Two Ezer Mizion donor pools were established in the names of two Leeds women, Audrey Manning and Susan Black, whose lives were devoted to helping others

Rabbi Daniel Levy, senior minister at UHC and chairman of the Ezer Mizion dinner committee, said that the women were "outstanding workers who had a great sense of community".


Service for Lady Jakobovits

By Robyn Rosen, June 24, 2010

Almost 1,000 people attended a tribute to the late Lady Jakobovits, during which a new charitable fund in her name was announced.

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor and Lady J's four daughters were among those to attend the service at St John's Wood Synagogue on Tuesday.


Finchley synagogue seeks first chief executive

By Robyn Rosen, June 24, 2010

Finchley Synagogue is to appoint a chief executive, believed to be the first in the United Synagogue, in a move described as "unique".

The 2,500-member synagogue, also known as Kinloss, has appointed head hunters to find the right candidate for the community.

Jon Mendelsohn, chairman, said: "It will differ from similar job titles in other shuls as they are traditionally more administrative.


Parent disputes Moriah admissions policy

By Simon Rocker, June 24, 2010

A family has complained that their son has been denied a place at the Moriah Jewish Day School nursery in Pinner, Harrow in September because the school miscalculated the distance from their home.

The boy's father, who did not wish to be named, said that other children who lived further away from the school had been placed higher than their son in the queue for 26 places.


Borehamwood eruv will not be ready for summer

By Jay Grenby, June 24, 2010

Hertsmere planners have dashed hopes that the Elstree and Borehamwood eruv would be operational in time for the summer.

The council's planning department has decreed that retrospective consent must be obtained for the relocation of some of the final pole positions.

Eruv organisers say the changes are primarily to deal with obstacles such as underground utilities, trees, roots and wire clearances, which could not have been anticipated in advance.


Stars come out for £3.5m Jewish Care meal

By Robyn Rosen, June 24, 2010

Newsreader John Suchet told almost 1,000 guests at Jewish Care's campaign dinner that he was "overwhelmed with admiration" for the charity.

Mr Suchet's wife Bonnie was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. Before Monday's dinner in central London - which raised £3.5 million towards Jewish Care's £15 million deficit - he met clients, relatives, volunteers and staff at its Leonard Sainer Special Day Care Centre in Edgware.

"The centre was amazing," he said. "You can never go to these places without being uplifted.


Recognition for top volunteers

June 17, 2010

Unsung heroes of the community were honoured at the inaugural Jewish Volunteering Network awards.

Candidates were nominated by 62 organisations and the winners received their prizes at a ceremony at the London Jewish Cultural Centre.

Drugsline's Crisis Line support group took the team of the year accolade. The international prize went to Rene Cassin's Sarah Oliver and young volunteer awards were won by Camp Simcha's Zalmi Finn and JLGB's Sarah Lasher.


Nottingham Rabbi: Community has a future

June 17, 2010

The minister of Nottingham's Orthodox synagogue insists that the community's future is bright despite a dramatic fall in the number of young people.

Although the Nottingham Hebrew Congregation membership has held up reasonably well during Rabbi Moshe Perez's 20 years at the helm, numbers at the cheder have slumped from 65 to 18.

Rabbi Perez's wife and four children are based in Manchester and Jonathan and Lydia Engler are about to move there after 20 years in Nottingham, saying: "It's not fair to our children to stay."


Scotland's only Jewish school

By Stephanie Brickman, June 17, 2010

In close on 50 years, Scotland's sole Jewish primary school, Calderwood Lodge, has been at heart of Glasgow Jewry, educating most of its children.

Now, with new head Vanessa Thomson at the helm, the state-aided school is searching for fresh ways of promoting itself to both Jewish and non-Jewish parents. And like Jewish schools in other declining communities, it faces the dilemma of how best to preserve a Jewish ethos when numbers fall.


Bus safety initiative

June 17, 2010

The Jewish Police Association (JPA) has organised training sessions with safer transport teams to tackle safety concerns of Jews travelling through Finsbury Park by bus.

JPA chairman Mat Shaer said the sessions had been organised in the light of fears about antisemitic attacks.

"There have been some issues in Finsbury Park because there is no direct link between Golders Green and Stamford Hill and people have to get off at Finsbury Park and walk between bus stops.