Community life

Shoes fit needs of Africa

December 3, 2009

Lady Elaine Sacks is among the contributors to the Shoe Aid for Africa campaign run by the United Synagogue’s Project Chesed.

Eleven communities have collected close to 200 bin-bags of footwear for impoverished families. Hundreds of pairs were donated at Radlett Prep after young Radlett United member Alex Steene, 10, promoted the campaign among his fellow pupils.

“The difference it makes to the lives of children and families in Africa is immeasurable,” Lady Sacks said. The shoes will be sent in time for the new school term in January.

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Children’s centre opens

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

Lubavitch has opened a £1.5million children’s centre in Stamford Hill. It will be home to a new nursery, offering 36 full-time places, which launches in January for youngsters between three months and five years.

Centre manager Devorah Leah Sudak said: “It’s about providing the opportunity for children to develop their own skills in a Jewish environment.”

Facilities for children and their families include a messy play area and specially designed sofas for mothers with babies. Family services include medical examinations and immunisation, advice and training.

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Man on the run after antisemitic charge

December 3, 2009

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man facing charges over an alleged antisemitic incident after he failed to attend a hearing before Salford magistrates.

Dean Parker, 22, from Wythenshawe, was charged with 14 counts of racially aggravated common assault after more than a dozen Jews were sprayed with water from a car driving through Broughton Park in June.

A police spokesperson said: “Clearly it is something we take seriously. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts should call the police.”

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Umbro helps kit out Maccabi

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 3, 2009

Sportswear giant Umbro has given £50,000 towards the new South Manchester Maccabi Sports Club. The company — whose head office overlooks the north Cheshire site where the £1 million Henry Guterman community sports centre will be built — handed over the cheque last Friday.

The relationship may also see members trying out new Umbro merchandise.

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Limmud chair covers all bases

December 3, 2009

Long-time senior Limmud volunteer Carolyn Bogush is taking over as chair of the educational organisation, replacing Elliott Goldstein, who held the post for four years.

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Golders Green plans £3m facelift for shul building

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

Golders Green Synagogue chiefs are working with architects and heritage organisations on a £3 million refurbishment of the shul’s Grade II-listed premises in Dunstan Road.

“We are concentrating everything into the main building with a glass glazing under the balcony,” said vice-chair Jackie Zinkin. “We’re working very hard to raise the money to get us though the planning stages and kick off the project.”

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Salita is boxing clever with pre-fight minyan

By Faga Speker, December 3, 2009

Newcastle Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Dovid Lewis is helping boxer Dmitriy Salita prepare for the fight of his life.

Before the religiously observant Salita challenges Britain’s Amir Khan for the WBA light-welterweight title on Saturday night in Newcastle, Rabbi Lewis will be organising a Shabbat minyan and meal in the boxer’s hotel. The rabbi also hopes to attend the fight, along with members of the Newcastle and Gateshead communities.

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Manchester tops the class in Sats tests

By Cathy Forman and Simon Rocker, December 3, 2009

Manchester’s Jewish primary schools excelled in the Sats performance tests taken by 11-year-olds in the summer.

Newly-published government figures identify North Cheshire Jewish Primary as one of the county’s top performing schools, with pupils achieving a 100 per cent pass rate at level four in science, maths and English. Taking into account its “contextual value-added measure”, which rates schools by the progress of pupils from the age of seven to 11, North Cheshire also topped the borough chart for Stockport.

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Movers and shakers

December 3, 2009

Two teenagers have beaten a world record for the longest continuous handshake, raising almost £1,500 for charity.

UCS pupils Matthew Rosen, 16, and Joe Ackerman, 15, shook hands non-stop for 15 hours, 30 minutes and 45 seconds at the O2 Centre in Finchley Road, beating the previous record of 15 hours.

As part of their promotion of the event, the boys placed a spoof training video on YouTube and took an assembly at school. Proceeds will go to charities supported by the school, among them the Parkinson’s Disease Society.

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Breakaway planning

By Cathy Forman, December 3, 2009

The breakaway group from Bournemouth Reform Synagogue has agreed a framework for its future direction.
From January, the Southern Reform Community will be running alternate weekly Shabbat morning and evening services in homes of supporters. “We are going to see how it goes,” said Janet Gee, a member of the breakaway group and a former Bournemouth Reform chair.

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