Community life

Bury and Whitefield Jewish Primary School’s new plans

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 14, 2009

Bury and Whitefield Jewish Primary School has resubmitted a controversial planning application to relocate, having sparked a protest campaign by local residents last year.

The new application argues that the school’s 44-year-old premises are in need of a major overhaul, but the site is unsuitable for development under government building recommendations.

Instead, a £3.6 million state-of-the-art school is proposed on green belt land close to Whitefield’s Jewish community.

Based on a council consultation, over 130 residents oppose the new plans with just six in favour.

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Improved deal for the deaf

May 14, 2009

The Jewish Deaf Association is broadening its provision to the hearing impaired with the launch of Hearing Connect.

JDA executive director Sue Cipin said the aim was to “offer a range of services to enable people with hearing loss to become more informed, more socially active, more confident and, ultimately, more connected to the people around them.

“There have been serious cuts to an already limited range of support services for deaf and hard of hearing people throughout the country.

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‘Jewish Eton’ is hailed as a class act on 18th birthday

May 14, 2009

People instrumental to the establishment and development of Immanuel College, Bushey, were among more than 200 guests at the school’s 18th birthday gala dinner at St John’s Wood Synagogue.

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Coe runs the rule over Olympic Jews

By James Martin, May 14, 2009

Lord Coe praised the “British-Jewish” Olympic heritage as he outlined his vision for the London 2012 Games to British Friends of Haifa University supporters on Tuesday evening.

The London 2012 organising committee chair reminded audience members — some of whom had taken a bus tour of the Olympic site in Stratford — of the achievements of Harold Abrahams.

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Stateside job swap

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 14, 2009

Clients of a special needs charity will be going to work in America as part of an innovative exchange programme.

Two Jewish Asda staff from north Manchester will fly to Boston in October to work for retail giant Wal-Mart for three weeks. In return, a Jewish Wal-Mart employee will take a temporary job at Asda. The British participants, who will be named next month, will also be hosted by the Boston Jewish community.

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Shabbat services are back at East End shul

By Isabel Janner, May 7, 2009

Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue in London’s East End has held its first Shabbat service in 18 months as it fights for its future.

The 110-year-old shul has been under threat of closure because of the dwindling local Jewish population.

But president Raymond Singer was heartened by the attendance of 20 men and eight women at the weekend service.

“There are four other shuls in the East End, all fighting for a congregation, and it is survival of the fittest,” Mr Singer said.

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Blunkett’s musical favourites play well with cultural centre

By Isabel Janner, May 7, 2009

David Blunkett has told a London Jewish Cultural Centre audience that community and charity work is a positive by-product of the recession.

In a Desert Island Discs-type evening at the Golders Green venue, the former Home Secretary chose songs and a poem of personal relevance.

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Going back in time to deal with recession

By Ben Jaglom, May 7, 2009

As a response to the recession, Reform Judaism has instigated Living in the age of Anxiety, a series examining the issue through Jewish teachings.

The course launched with a lecture on leadership at the Sternberg Centre in Finchley by Reform chief executive Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand. The series was inspired by David Karat, who explained: “I have been working in finance for 30 years and I find that every day there is new information on the economic crisis that most people struggle to absorb.

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£500k medical aid is a tonic for Israel

May 7, 2009

Magen David Adom UK has dedicated almost £500,000 worth of equipment in Israel.

Six ambulances, three motorbikes and four defibrillators were presented over a two-day period. Dedications were conducted in Tel Aviv, Netanya and Modi’in.

MDA UK chief executive Eli Benson said: “We were so proud that the UK community could make such a significant contribution in providing vehicles and equipment that will be used daily in carrying out life-saving work.”

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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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