Community life

Nightingale awards Oscars to staff stars

August 5, 2010

An Oscar-themed awards ceremony celebrated the dedication of staff at the Nightingale care home in south London.

Employees were invited to nominate colleagues for awards for leadership, team work, best newcomer and shining star. A tea at the Ritz and a Thames cruise were among the prizes.


Hackney councillor mourned

August 5, 2010

A Hackney Conservative councillor who represented Stamford Hill's New River ward for 12 years has died after suffering a heart attack.

Councillors observed a two-minute silence on the town hall steps to pay their respects to Maureen Middleton, 68, who was buried at Waltham Abbey on Tuesday.

Former Hackney mayor Joe Lobenstein said Councillor Middleton had "understood the needs of the Stamford Hill Jewish community".


Changes at Radlett

By Jay Grenby, August 5, 2010

Radlett Synagogue has announced a raft of changes in the shul's spiritual and lay leadership following the departure of Rabbi Ariel Abel and the resignation of honorary officers who said they could no longer work with chair Andy Katz.

Members were informed this week that Jeffrey Gruder would assume the vice-chairmanship until new elections at the AGM in May. The two departing wardens would be replaced by a rota of "service co-ordinators", who were already concentrating on arrangements for the High Holy-Days.


Coast shul wants sea change

By Corinne Rein, August 5, 2010

Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation could be on the move after receiving an offer for its Wootton Gardens premises in the town centre.

After the Shabbat service, relocation committee chair Geoffrey Feld told members that "a substantial offer had been received which we are looking upon most favourably".

He could not reveal the prospective buyer, or the price being offered. However, if the sale went ahead, a clause allowing two or three years for the shul to find a replacement site would be included in the contract.


Council approve £10m JBD development

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

A £10.6million Jewish Blind and Disabled development of mobility apartments has been given the green light by Hertsmere Council. The Bushey project will incorporate 39 one-bedroom apartments for physically disabled or vision impaired people of all ages and two apartments for full-time on-site house managers.


WJR emergency appeal will help Pakistan flood victims

August 5, 2010

World Jewish Relief has launched an emergency appeal to assist those affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan, which have killed over 1,000 people and affected nearly two million others.

The floods - the heaviest in Pakistan for 80 years - have contaminated vital water sources. Officials fear greater problems if the floods reach more populated provinces.

Working with partners on the ground, WJR will be using money raised to provide non-food essentials, emergency shelter, health care and materials for the process of providing clean water and sanitation.


Hair apparent - not for long

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 5, 2010

VA senior leader at Whitefield Jewish Youth Centre is to lop off the shoulder-length hair he has long been cultivating to raise money for cancer victims.

Eighteen-year-old Dan Kay - who was suspended three times during his Manchester King David High days over the length of his hair - says his parents finally convinced him to have it cut.

"Everyone hates my hair," he said. "My parents asked: If we can raise £1,000 and donate it to charity, would I cut it off?"


Manchester united on Rosh Hashanah appeal

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 5, 2010

Manchester's Jewish Federation and Heathlands Care Village have launched their first combined Rosh Hashanah appeal as a merged charity.

Appeal literature for the Federation of Jewish Services will focus on a grandfather and grandson who receive care at the Heathlands premises as a reflection of the combined welfare services being offered at the north Manchester site.


Shul planning alternative New Year

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

A major Leeds Orthodox synagogue will be breaking with tradition on Rosh Hashanah by holding an informal explanatory service, including discussion in English, as its main celebration.

Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue, Street Lane, will offer congregants Hebrew prayers in phonetic English and Rabbi Jason Kleiman will give explanatory talks.

A more traditional service will be held in the shul hall.

"We understand that on Rosh Hashanah most people are not regular shul-goers," Rabbi Kleiman said.


Council sorry for offending caring couple

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 5, 2010

Bury Council has apologised to a strictly Orthodox couple told by a social worker to lessen their religious commitment in order to care for a son with cerebral palsy.

Eve Field from Prestwich complained to Bury Children's Disability Team after the social worker referred to her husband's religious activities, such as praying and studying, as "his choice".

"She wrote in her report that we should put our religion on the back burner until our children are old enough to need less physical care. It was unbelievable," Mrs Field said.