Community life

Policing the festivals

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 26, 2010

High visibility patrols near synagogues, mobile police stations and extra hate crime reporting centres will be features of Greater Manchester Police's High Holy Days security operation.

"The efforts we have made over the years means we have more community confidence than ever before," said Sergeant Ian Campbell of Prestwich Neighbourhood Policing.

Chief Superintendent Jon Rush said the continuance of operations at last year's level was based on "positive feedback" from community members.

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Charity fears over special needs resources

By Jessica Elgot, August 26, 2010

The chief executive of special needs charity Kisharon has voiced concern that many of the growing number of severely disabled children in the Jewish community are not receiving specialised help early enough.

Beverly Jacobson said that with advances in modern medicine, "a premature baby or a child with a complex brain injury has a much higher chance of surviving, which is brilliant. But we need more resources for children with special needs."

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Masorti shul seeks music director

August 26, 2010

New North London Synagogue in Finchley is advertising for a youth and music director, despite having a preferred American-based candidate.

In a letter to members of the Masorti congregation, joint chairs Basil Shall and Sarah Manson reported a positive feedback to a visit from chazan Jeremy Burko, who is originally from Canada.

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Manchester plans eruv

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 26, 2010

Whitefield Hebrew Congregation has submitted a planning application to Bury Council for the first Manchester eruv.

The proposed eruv - a religious boundary permitting, for example, the pushing of prams or wheelchairs on Shabbat - would cover under a square mile north of the city where several thousand Jews live. It would require the construction of just three eruv poles.

Whitefield Synagogue's Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag says the "ingenious" design by an eruv expert in Antwerp means it could be up and running within nine months at a lower cost than those in the London area.

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A match made by the Jewish Chronicle

By Robyn Rosen, August 26, 2010

A London synagogue officer has found true love with an Italian nanny, thanks to the JC.

Michael Israel - senior warden at West London Synagogue and brand manager of Carmel and Palwin wine - met Clarissa De Santis at a Highgate newsagent in February. Miss De Santis, a 37-year-old from the small village of San Severino Marche, was there with her two young charges on an errand to top up a mobile phone for a friend.

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Charity continues after founder dies

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 20, 2010

A strictly Orthodox charity that donates £1.3 million annually to Jewish education and low income families is to continue despite the death of its founder.

Philanthropist Shloime Leitner, 61, who died from leukaemia two weeks ago, started the Broom Foundation in 1986 from a small office in his Salford home.

It was among the first to introduce charity vouchers to the religious community and the Broom Foundation voucher books have been a major means of charitable donations for thousands of people.

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Welfare board faces up to cuts

By Jessica Elgot, August 20, 2010

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board is urging the community to "dig deep" for its Rosh Hashanah appeal, fearing that budgets could be slashed by Leeds City Council.

LJWB chief executive Rebecca Weinberg is concerned about meeting an increasing caseload in the wake of recession-related job losses, debts and family breakdowns.

"We are looking at a much greater demand for some of our services, particularly mental health and family services," she said. "We see a lot of people driven into deep depression by debt and we are somewhat limited because we are not debt counsellors."

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King David hails A-listers

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 20, 2010

Manchester A-level students are celebrating some top results.

King David High School reported that 80 per cent of pupils achieved A*, A and B grade passes.

Governors' chair Joshua Rowe said the results were testimony to the dedication of pupils and staff, who regularly stayed on after school to assist students.

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Leeds ready to party for 150th

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 20, 2010

Leeds Jewry is launching a £50,000 project to celebrate 150 years of Jewish heritage and contributions to the city.

To mark LJ150, high profile exhibitions are planned over the next two years to showcase works by home-grown artists. Vintage wedding dresses and past fashions from retail giants Marks & Spencer and Burton, both started by Jews in Leeds, will also be on display.

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Glasgow fears over Israel vote

By Stephanie Brickman, August 20, 2010

Glasgow Jewry representatives used talks with city council leaders to voice disquiet about a motion passed by the council condemning the Israeli action against the flotilla to Gaza, in which nine Turkish activists died.

The Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president, Edward Isaacs, led a four person delegation at a meeting with city council leader Gordon Matheson and Bailie Liz Cameron, executive member for development.

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