Community life

Rabbi's window on a Swansea childhood

By Jay Grenby, May 27, 2010

As a six-year-old in 1956, Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue rabbi Yisroel Fine was pictured with his mother at the opening of a new shul for Swansea Hebrew Congregation. Now 54 years later, the Welsh shul's stained glass windows, so familiar from his childhood, have been installed in the Cockfosters building.

When the Swansea shul closed last year, Rabbi Fine was alerted to the concern of the community's few remaining members for the future of the windows - a set of nine illustrating the festivals and a further set of 12 for the tribes of Israel.


Newlywed programme to include week in Israel

May 27, 2010

A week in Israel is the centrepiece of a United Synagogue programme for newlywed couples.

Created as part of the US Living and Learning strategy, the inaugural programme will be open to 12 couples under the age of 35 in their first year of marriage.

The Israel trip complements learning sessions on key aspects of the Jewish home and involvement in the couples' local communities. Successful applicants will be asked for a £250 contribution towards the cost.


Wheelchair user leading Israel tour

By Robyn Rosen, May 27, 2010

A north London wheelchair user is to lead a group of disabled youngsters on their first trip to Israel.

Lerona Gelb, 27, will take charge of a tour of 15 18-26-year-old American and Canadians and their carers next week as part of the Birthright No Limits scheme. It offers a 10-day programme for first-time visitors with physical disabilities.

Ms Gelb is programme support officer at UJIA's Israel Experience. She has been in a wheelchair since a car accident when she was five.

"I have always wanted to take a Birthright group," she said.


Limmud in sunny Bournemouth

By pat lidiker, May 27, 2010

Over 300 people attended a varied Limmud programme in Bournemouth on Sunday.

In addition to a number of local speakers, Rosalind Preston discussed the role of Jewish women in the 21st century, Judge Dawn Freedman reflected on legal issues, Fiyaz Mughal highlighted the rise of the far right and Stephen Pollard spoke on life in the JC editor's chair. Children enjoyed their own programme.


Leeds' glittering young Jewish social scene

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2010

A buzzing Leeds Jewish singles and young families scene is gathering momentum and could help secure the future of the community.

A few weeks ago, a glitzy charity boxing night arranged by a committee of young professionals pulled in 600 people, a significant proportion of the city's Jewish population. Such demand shows that the community can still pack a punch on a social level. And most of the £44,000 raised will be invested in the local youth centre, The Zone.


Manchester Fed delighted with funding increase

May 27, 2010

The Manchester Federation of Jewish Services has welcomed increased funding from Salford City Council for its activities for children with special needs.

On Tuesday, the city council confirmed the provision of £23,500 assistance under the Aiming High scheme. The allocation is £8,000 up on last year and will benefit the Friday afternoon Stay and Play group and the Sunday afternoon Magical Moments group.

Salford has also agreed to fund two play schemes the FJS will run during the December and February school holidays.


Langdon is doing its students proud

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2010

Twenty-year-old Hannah Levy was born with Down's syndrome, developed serious speech difficulties and has undergone major heart surgery. Yet despite having to converse in sign language, she is holding down a part-time job in retail, is a popular Hale Synagogue congregant and recently played percussion in a classical concert at the Royal Northern College of Music.


Scots seeking influential youngsters

By Stephanie Brickman, May 27, 2010

A Scottish government initiative to give young people the opportunity to influence decision makers is to include Jews for the first time.


Manchester Jewish housing celebrates 50th

May 27, 2010

Manchester Jewish Housing Association - one of the leading providers of sheltered accommodation for the north-west community – celebrated its 50th anniversary this week.

The association works closely with local partners to provide vulnerable adults with high quality and affordable supported housing.

To mark the anniversary, 94-year-old MJHA resident Isaac Harris was commissioned to draw a series of pictures depicting his memories of the association.


Camp Simcha's Manchester fundraiser

May 27, 2010

Camp Simcha held an evening at the Manchester home of Andrea and Jeff Samuels to raise awareness of its work with children with life-threatening illnesses.

Michali Azar explained how the charity had enabled the family to cope with a daughter suffering from leukaemia. Camp Simcha executive director Neville Goldschneider outlined its activities.

"Several people expressed an interest in holding similar evenings," he said. "Awareness is crucial for us."