Community life

Rabbis ride for a greener future

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

Rabbis will lead a bike ride from Edgware to Radlett Synagogue to promote sustainable living in the Jewish community.

The Jewcycle has been organised by the London School of Jewish Studies’ responsibility unit and the United Synagogue’s Project Chesed.

It will start with a shofar blast on Sunday, the day before the Copenhagen Conference on climate change.

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Aaronovitch’s league fixture

December 3, 2009

The Iraq inquiry and the appearance of BNP leader Nick Griffin on Question Time were among topics discussed by journalist and broadcaster David Aaronovitch at a League of Jewish Women event in central London.

Interviewed by league president Ella Marks, he said that while the Iraq inquiry was “an important historical exercise, those who are looking for answers will be disappointed other than to enjoy the theatre of it”.

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Ealing promoting relative values at 90

By Jay Grenby, December 3, 2009

Among the 200 guests at Ealing Synagogue’s 90th anniversary dinner were people with links to the shul’s earliest days.

Jerrold Assersohn’s late father David was one of the founder members of the congregation in 1919. Also present were Evelyn Shindler, daughter of Max Kanal, the other founder member, and Marion Crystal, whose parents were the first couple to be married at the synagogue in 1921.

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Ukraine trip gets pupils thinking

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

Eight pupils from King Solomon High in Redbridge have made a “life changing” trip to Ukraine on World Jewish Relief’s first school mission.

They travelled to Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporozhye, visiting Jewish community centres, an orphanage, school and Holocaust memorial. They also met locals in their homes.

The aim was to show the students the reality of Jewish life in the former Soviet Union, and to inspire them to become young WJR ambassadors.

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Toy convoy heading to the Ukraine from batmizvah girl

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

Children in Tikva homes in Odessa, Ukraine, will benefit from the batmitzvah of Noa Sperber, who is asking guests to donate toys.

The Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue member and Haberdashers pupil has responded to an appeal by Project Chesed for toys, disposable nappies and baby wipes for deprived Jewish children.

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Shoes fit needs of Africa

December 3, 2009

Lady Elaine Sacks is among the contributors to the Shoe Aid for Africa campaign run by the United Synagogue’s Project Chesed.

Eleven communities have collected close to 200 bin-bags of footwear for impoverished families. Hundreds of pairs were donated at Radlett Prep after young Radlett United member Alex Steene, 10, promoted the campaign among his fellow pupils.

“The difference it makes to the lives of children and families in Africa is immeasurable,” Lady Sacks said. The shoes will be sent in time for the new school term in January.

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Children’s centre opens

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

Lubavitch has opened a £1.5million children’s centre in Stamford Hill. It will be home to a new nursery, offering 36 full-time places, which launches in January for youngsters between three months and five years.

Centre manager Devorah Leah Sudak said: “It’s about providing the opportunity for children to develop their own skills in a Jewish environment.”

Facilities for children and their families include a messy play area and specially designed sofas for mothers with babies. Family services include medical examinations and immunisation, advice and training.

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Man on the run after antisemitic charge

December 3, 2009

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man facing charges over an alleged antisemitic incident after he failed to attend a hearing before Salford magistrates.

Dean Parker, 22, from Wythenshawe, was charged with 14 counts of racially aggravated common assault after more than a dozen Jews were sprayed with water from a car driving through Broughton Park in June.

A police spokesperson said: “Clearly it is something we take seriously. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts should call the police.”

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Umbro helps kit out Maccabi

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 3, 2009

Sportswear giant Umbro has given £50,000 towards the new South Manchester Maccabi Sports Club. The company — whose head office overlooks the north Cheshire site where the £1 million Henry Guterman community sports centre will be built — handed over the cheque last Friday.

The relationship may also see members trying out new Umbro merchandise.

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Limmud chair covers all bases

December 3, 2009

Long-time senior Limmud volunteer Carolyn Bogush is taking over as chair of the educational organisation, replacing Elliott Goldstein, who held the post for four years.

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