Community life

Injured man thanks unknown Samaritan

By Katie Taylor, October 28, 2010

A man who tripped and hit his head on a metal railing in Golders Green has placed an advertisement in the JC to thank the woman who came to his aid.

Terry Smith, 60, put a notice in last week's Social & Personal column in appreciation of the woman, called either Elana or Lana, who stayed with him until an ambulance arrived.

The accident happened as Mr Smith was running to catch the 82 bus in Finchley Road.


Michael Gove digging in at Edgware

By Leon Symons, October 28, 2010

Education Secretary Michael Gove donned a hard hat on Monday to dig the first piece of earth for the Edgware Jewish Primary School building.

Mr Gove also reaffirmed his and the government's support for Jewish education, saying: "This government is committed to ensuring that every Jewish child who would like a Jewish education receives one. We will do everything that we can to help Jewish faith schools grow."


Henlys Corner road safety scheme saved

October 28, 2010

An £8 million road improvement scheme at Henlys Corner which will make crossing the busy junction easier for Finchley Synagogue members is to go ahead as planned. The upgrade had been placed under review, along with all Transport for London projects, until the government's spending plans were made clear.

The signal-controlled crossings will be automated on Shabbat.

Finchley congregants currently face a risky crossing or a 15-minute detour.

The main building work will start next spring.


Support pours in for young mum memorial fund

By Leon Symons, October 28, 2010

More than £40,000 for charity has already been raised in the name of a young north London mother-of-three who died on Monday night.

Jenny Morhaim, 27, suffered a sudden bleed into her brain. Her family were at her bedside. She was buried in the Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Thousands of people sent prayers and messages to a Facebook page. Money raised will assist needy Jewish families in north-west London through the Gift charity.


Last orders as shuls buy pubs

By Leon Symons, October 28, 2010

Pints are being swapped for pews in Hendon's Jewish heartland as two pubs have been taken over by synagogues.

The news comes in the wake of the opening of a major kosher hotel which the owners describe as "part of the regentrification of Hendon".

Porat Yosef, a Moroccan Jewish community, has bought Kerrigan's, almost on the junction of Brent Street and Bell Lane, for an undisclosed sum. Scaffolding has been erected and building work is expected to start shortly.


Lord Sacks tackles tax dodgers

By Simon Rocker, October 28, 2010

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has criticised people who try to avoid paying tax in the current economic climate.

Addressing the annual dinner of the Jewish Assocation of Business Ethics in London on Tuesday night, he said: "I think individuals have to say 'if I belong in this society, I have to share in the fate of this society'.

"Where everyone else is suffering, it is morally wrong to say 'I am going to take myself out of it'. Even if you can justify it, the fact is we're all in this together."


WJR backers launch warm campaign

October 21, 2010

World Jewish Relief's "Where's Woolly?" scarf has been getting around.

Promoting the charity's Operation Winter Survival campaign for needy Jews in Eastern Europe, the scarf has been in London, Leeds and Manchester, spreading the word to schools, youth movements and even Jewish football teams.

The aim is to get supporters to donate 10,000 essential winter items such as hats, scarves and gloves over the next month or so.

Pupils from Manchester's King David High and Leeds' Brodetsky Primary have been among the recipients of the scarf.


Bridge building on a strong foundation

By Katie Taylor, October 21, 2010

Work has begun on a £500,000 extension to the Bridge Lane Beth Hamedrash in Golders Green.

Congregant and philanthropist Leo Noe laid the first stone at a ground-breaking ceremony on Sunday.

The new building has been 10 years in inception, due to planning issues and redesigns. As "green and ergonomic as possible", it will incorporate a day centre for the elderly.

Beth Hamedrash trustee Jonathan Wachsman said: "The new synagogue will make an enormous difference. There will be more space and functions can run side by side."


Double barmitzvah for survivors

By Jessica Elgot, October 21, 2010

Woodford Liberal Synagogue hosted a double barmitzvah on Shabbat for two 83-year-olds who missed out as teenagers.

In the case of David Peterson, it was because of the Nazi occupation of his native Poland. For Peter Benscher, it was a result of ill health.

Mr Peterson, a survivor of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, was raised in Ozorków, where "the Nazis had burnt down all the synagogues. I always wanted to have a barmitzvah.


More kosher bread

By Katie Taylor, October 21, 2010

Challah and sliced rye bread from Buckingham Boulangerie which is sold in Waitrose stores have been certified as kosher by the London Beth Din Kashrut Division.

"This is great news for kosher consumers," said kashrut director Rabbi Jeremy Conway.

Buckingham Boulangerie owner Robert Simon claimed: "We now have the largest distribution of kosher bread in the country with it being stocked in 200 stores. The quality is very high, with no additives or colours."

A Waitrose representative said its kosher provision was "an important section", responding to customer demand.