Community life

Visting Ukrainian twin

September 16, 2010

A Group of Southgate Progressive Synagogue congregants made a first visit to its twin Ukrainian community of Feodosia.

They met many community members, a number of them Holocaust survivors, and visited the Shoah memorial for the 2,000 local Jews taken from the town and killed in 1941.

The highlight of the trip was an erev Shabbat service.


Adding to an ethical Yom Kippur

September 16, 2010

The Yom Kippur leaflet produced by the Jewish Association for Business Ethics will this year be supplemented by an online section providing extended material.

Jabe estimates that more than 60,000 people in synagogues across the UK will read the 2010 leaflet, titled Every Second Counts.

"With many businesses continuing to struggle in the difficult ongoing global economic conditions, the leaflet considers the issue of time and how it can be used productively throughout our working lives within an ethical framework," said Jabe executive director Lorraine Spector.


Masorti refugees set to be home at last

By Jay Grenby, September 16, 2010

Without permanent premises since its establishment nearly two decades ago, St Albans Masorti Synagogue may be on the brink of finding a home.

After a three-year search, a suitable and affordable property has been identified - an empty modern industrial unit on an estate just south of the city centre.

At a well-attended community meeting on Sunday, members were told that positive preliminary negotiations had been held with landlords, local authorities, police and architects.

Terms have already been agreed for a 15-year lease, with right to renew, of the 4,500 square feet unit.


Redbridge advances global partnership

September 16, 2010

Building on its relationship with community centres in New York and Jerusalem, Jewish Care's Redbridge Jewish Community Centre hosted a week of activities for teens from London, America and Israel.

As well as seeing the sights of the capital, participants had practical and theoretical workshops to help them develop leadership skills.

"It was both fun and a real learning experience," said Israeli Yael Malul. "I made some great new friends but also think I got a taste of what it means to be a leader."


Robbers run over victim on Rosh Hashanah

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2010

A 57-year-old woman was run over by a gang who stole her car as she returned home from celebrating Rosh Hashanah with friends.

Arriving back at her Hendon home with family members late last Thursday night, she saw two men walking down her driveway. Two other men were sitting in her car.

The woman stood in front of the vehicle but the thieves drove away, knocking her over. The other men ran off.

She suffered a cut knee and bruising and was taken by ambulance to hospital, but was later released. An elderly relative who saw what happened suffered shock.


School looks to match alumni donation

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2010

A former Hasmonean High pupil has shown his appreciation of his old school by offering a donation of up to £900,000.

But to get the full amount from the anonymous donor, the north London school will have to match it with a similar sum from other sources.

"For every £1 the school raises, the donor will give £1 up to £300,000 a year over the next three years," said Hasmonean's fundraising manager Dvora Kriss. "We are approaching other donors and we hope other alumni will follow suit."


Paratrooper lands at London synagogue

By Jay Grenby, September 16, 2010

One of the UK's largest congregations, Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, has appointed its first associate rabbi following a nine-month search.

Israeli-born Boruch Boudilovsky will be joining the community in time for Succot. He attended schools and colleges in Israel and America and gained his semichah in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Boudilovsky served in the Israel Defence Forces as a paratrooper and most recently has been teaching children with mild learning disabilities at an Israeli school. He has also been a visiting rabbi and chazan for several Jerusalem synagogues.


School's kosher concerns answered

By Robyn Rosen, September 16, 2010

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School is to appoint a shomer after parents voiced concern about kashrut supervision.

The school announced it was working with the London Beth Din to find someone to oversee kashrut.

New head Steven Isaacs said: "The school has followed strict guidelines and taken advice regarding the appropriate supervision of food at all times." However, "as a stringent measure", it was moving towards engaging a shomer.


East End star returns

September 16, 2010

Chazan Moshe Dubiner will make a sentimental return to London's East End to officiate on Yom Kippur at Fieldgate Street Synagogue in Aldgate.

The chazan began a career which has taken him to France, Israel and America at the Great Synagogue in Commercial Road.

Fieldgate Street's Raymond Singer said that news of the guest cantor had led the shul to anticipate a male attendance in excess of 40, more than double the usual number.


Recipes for success

By Robyn Rosen, September 16, 2010

British supporters of a humanitarian network running soup kitchens in Israel raised a tasty £40,000 at the launch of the fourth Food For You cookbook in north London. Proceeds for Hazon Yeshaya were boosted by Rosh Hashanah gifts and the sale of other items.

One thousand copies of the book, featuring 180 recipes from around the world, were sold on the day.

The series has to date raised £500,000 for the charity, which also provides job training.