Community life

UK's oldest Jewish man, 106, dies

By Stephanie Brickman, June 17, 2010

The man thought to be the UK's oldest Jew and the oldest man in Scotland died this week, aged 106.

Glasgow-born Samuel Latter passed away in Strachan House in Edinburgh, the residential home where he had lived for 10 years.

He was buried at Piershill cemetery on Tuesday next to his wife Flora.

Mr Latter was a member of Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation for 79 years.

His nephew Edward Green recalled him as "a bright and lively person. He will be remembered for his great sense of humour and his interest in all around him."

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Lawyer makes his case for Glasgow Jewish leadership

By Stephanie Brickman, June 17, 2010

Lawyer Eddie Isaacs is making a strong case for the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council under his presidency. "Without meaning to sound arrogant, I've got a lot to bring to the table."

Mr Isaacs, who took charge this week, is Glasgow born and bred. He has filled a variety of communal roles, which he says has prepared him for the challenges ahead, the biggest being the rep council's Community Futures Project.

This got off to a rocky start in January with a row over invitations to the preliminary meeting, an unwelcome distraction Mr Isaacs shrugs off as a misunderstanding.

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Council study to assess needs of Charedim

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2010

In its first major recognition of north Manchester's Charedi population, Bury Council has appointed an officer to compile a study of the expanding community.

Notices put up in Prestwich synagogues this week urge Charedi families to participate in the study. The initiative results from a meeting a fortnight ago between the council's chief executive office and representatives from the Charedi Interlink charity and a strictly Orthodox community group.

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Kosher Wimbledon

By Jessica Elgot, June 17, 2010

Strawberries and parev cream will be among the more traditional offerings from a kosher café for Jewish tennis fans during Wimbledon.

It will be the second year for the Chabad of South London Campuses' venture, offering barbecue items, takeaway sandwiches, baked potatoes and homemade brownies from the Wimbledon Golf Club car park.

The location is a familiar one to those who queue for tickets and the café will operate from midday until the end of play.

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Akiva asks for expansion aid

By Robyn Rosen, June 17, 2010

Akiva School in Finchley is hoping to purchase and refurbish the adjacent building to make space for third-form entry.

Philip Simmons, chairman of the school's foundation, said that high demand had persuaded governors to attempt to buy the next-door beit midrash from the Movement for Reform Judaism.

"We have always had considerable demand and we have to disappoint large numbers of parents and children each year.

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New Jewish primary for 2011

By Robyn Rosen, June 17, 2010

A new Jewish primary school in Haringey is a step closer with the announcement of plans to open on a temporary site in 2011.

Joint project leader Peter Kessler hopes it can be part of the government's Free Schools programme, where parents receive public money to set up their own schools.

The school will have a "cross-communal" ethos and four sites are being considered in Muswell Hill and East Finchley, among them an ex-garden centre and a former hospital building.

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Lord Young is Jewish museum chair

June 10, 2010

Lord Young is the new chairman of the Jewish Museum, which has re-opened in Camden after a £10 million redevelopment.

The Conservative peer, a minister in Margaret Thatcher's government, brings wide business, cultural and communal experience to the role.

He paid tribute to those involved in the redevelopment for creating "an institution which does credit to the Jewish community and one of which we can all be truly proud.

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Liverpool to expand Jewish activities

June 10, 2010

Liverpool has appointed an activities co-ordinator to maintain development in the wake of the closure of the Harold House community centre.

Adam Cailler, who was assistant centre manager, is taking on the role as the result of a joint initiative by Merseyside Jewish Representative Council, UJIA and the King David Foundation.

The plan is for Mr Cailler to expand the communal programme in preparation for the opening of a centre on the new King David schools campus currently under construction.

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Birmingham Jewish studies funding slashed

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2010

Birmingham's King David Prim-ary has had its Jewish studies budget slashed.

Funding from Birmingham Hebrew Congregation has been cut from £20,000 to £12,000 annually. Birmingham Jewish Education Board has ended its varying contribution, most recently £3,000.

The voluntary-aided school now has only 65 Jewish children out of a roll of 245. More than half the pupils are Muslim.

Headteacher Steve Langford said the cuts had come at a bad time. "It is going to be tough, with costs rising."

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Leeds woman to be Lady Mayoress of Manchester

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2010

The role of Manchester's new Lady Mayoress may seem an unlikely one for the Leeds Jewish Housing Association chief executive.

But it will be a case of coming home for Sheila Saunders, who although having lived in Leeds for nearly 30 years, was born on the other side of the Pennines.

Ms Saunders took up the invitation from Lord Mayor and long-time friend Councillor Mark Hackett and will accompany him to events including a royal garden party and be involved in charity work.

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