Community life

Manchester rabbi departs

May 7, 2009

Prestwich Hebrew Congregation members have said goodbye to Rabbi Yehoshua Landes after 10 years of service. His departure was agreed last summer and he has begun teaching at the King David High School.

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Kiddush spiced by marriage proposal

By James Martin, May 7, 2009

Congregants at a Saatchi Synagogue kiddush in St John’s Wood got more than they bargained for when the shul shammas asked his girlfriend to marry him.

After a couple of fishballs to steady his nerves, television journalist Elliott Gotkine proposed to Mia Serra in front of 70 people.

Although taken aback, Ms Serra, who runs a belly-dancing school, said yes and there were congratulations all round. They will marry in London in August.

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Gift from model prisoners

May 7, 2009

A model of Anne Frank’s house made by prisoners at the high security Wakefield jail has been handed over to Anne Frank House representatives in Amsterdam.

Inmates had been inspired by the Anne Frank Prison Project, which took an exhibition to the jail last year recounting wartime atrocities and promoting tolerance and diversity.

Anne Frank Trust UK prison exhibition manager Steve Gadd said: “2009 is an extremely significant year — Anne Frank would have been 80. We would like this presentation to be a celebration of Anne’s life and the inspiration she has been to millions.”

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Seminars on taboo topics provide southern comfort

By Jay Grenby, May 7, 2009

Liberal, Reform and United Synagogues in south London have joined forces to tackle issues that “have far too long been taboo in the Jewish community”.

Seminars focusing on depression, cancer and drugs and alcohol abuse are launching the venture, organised primarily by Kingston Liberal Synagogue and the Weybridge-based North-West Surrey Reform community, with the backing of the Kingston United congregation.

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Four shuls, one voice

By Jay Grenby, May 7, 2009

A combined Yom Hazikaron/Yom Ha’atzmaut event at Pinner Synagogue was the first in what is hoped will be joint ventures between the four United Synagogue communities on the outer north-west London fringes.

The commemoration attracted over 300 members from the host community, Northwood, Ruislip and Watford. The programme featured the visiting rabbis and contributions from young community members. A proportion of profits will be donated to Magen David Adom.

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Class act for Ivrit lessons

By Cathy Forman, May 7, 2009

Clore Tikva Primary in Redbridge this week formally launched a new programme of Ivrit teaching commissioned by Leo Baeck College.

The curriculum has been piloted since September, when Ivrit classes for pupils were reduced from three to two per week because of a fall in parental contributions at the voluntary-aided school. Clore Tikva’s Hebrew co-ordinator Dalia Wittenberg has developed the UJIA-funded programme.

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Friends honoured

By James Martin, May 7, 2009

A new gymnasium —named in honour of two former active youth members in Kenton — is the centrepiece of a £70,000 refurbishment programme which will act as “a community hub” for north-west London Jews.

Kulanu, formerly the Kenton Youth Centre, celebrated the completion of six months of refurbishments on Tuesday with a reception which was attended by Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, and over 100 others, and included the unveiling of a state-of-the art gymnasium, and sports facilities including a full-size snooker table and table tennis tables.

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Tributes to leaders

By Isabel Janner, May 7, 2009

Two Israeli emissaries were honoured for “truly remarkable work” by Israel’s Ambassador Ron Prosor at a ceremony at the London embassy.

Asaf Segev was recognised for his contribution to the Leeds community, particularly his work with students. Noa Jellinek’s accolade was for her teaching at the Independent Jewish Day School in Hendon, where her innovative Hebrew learning methods have inspired other Jewish educators.

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Miracle teenager says thanks to supporters

By Jay Grenby, May 7, 2009

A 13-year-old Radlett girl who recently left hospital after lengthy treatment for a rare form of cancer has thrown a thank-you party for those who have helped her.

Just over a year ago, Immanuel College pupil Alana Jacobs was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer which mainly affects young people.

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Crohn’s challenger

May 7, 2009

A 40-year-old Crohn’s disease sufferer from Radlett is getting on his bike in America to raise money for and awareness of Crohn’s.

Frustrated by the lack of knowledge about the inflammatory bowel disease, Michael Seres will take part in a 210-mile cycle around the Hudson River in New York.

Mr Seres was disgnosed early in life and has undergone 21 operations in 30 years, including the removal of a large part of his intestine. But he has been given the green light by doctors for the 70-mile-day challenge next month.

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