Community life

Big turnout at screen tests

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 30, 2009

Over 600 Manchester Jews responded to an appeal to attend a bone marrow screening drive on Sunday in support of local leukaemia suffer Leora Kuhillow, whose story was reported in Community last week.

Such was the level of interest that organisers had to turn people away from the Hilton Suite venue in Prestwich. Separate men’s and women’s testing areas were provided in deference to religious sensibilities.

Organiser Lisa Cohen-Binder says that those who could not be screened could be tested at their GP or at a follow-up drive in south Manchester next month.

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US expands cemetery

April 30, 2009

A major extension to the United Synagogue’s Waltham Abbey cemetery was consecrated yesterday by the London Beth Din’s Dayan Menachem Gelley. Based on current burial rates, the additional 12,000 graves will be sufficient for the next 40 years.

Prayer books and a Sefer Torah were buried as part of the ceremony, attended by US leaders and shul chairmen. Burial society head Melvyn Hartog said: “Waltham Abbey is recognised as one of the best-kept cemeteries in the UK.

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Strong state of Independence

April 30, 2009

More than 1,000 people attended a Bnei Akiva-organised Yom Hazikaron and Independence Day event at Finchley Synagogue on Tuesday at which the Chief Rabbi, Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor and MP Michael Gove were among the speakers.

“It was an inspiring sight to see so many people celebrating Israel,” said Bnei Akiva secretary Ani Broza. “For 70 years Bnei Akiva has stood shoulder to shoulder with Israel and this was another demonstration of the power of youth and what they can achieve.”

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Redbridge parties for Israel

By Andrew Pentol, April 30, 2009

Young performers took centre stage at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre on Tuesday evening as the community united to celebrate Israel Independence Day.

Over 200 people enjoyed the party, which was presented by a group of gap year participants soon to head out to Israel. Broadening the theme, the event further marked Tel Aviv’s 100th birthday and the 15th anniversary year of the borough’s King Solomon High School.

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Auctioneer is a Tel Aviv selling point

April 30, 2009

Christie’s senior director and auctioneer Anke Adler-Slottke is a key acquisition for the Tel Aviv Foundation UK as it marks the Tel Aviv centenary.

Ms Adler-Slottke — who also serves on the board of the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel — will chair a new and expanded committee.

For over 30 years, the foundation has assisted underprivileged residents of the city through projects tailored to improve education, social services and the environment. With the help of supporters worldwide, more than 300 projects have improved citizens’ quality of life.

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Cancer support service opens in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 30, 2009

Chai Cancer Care has opened the first dedicated Jewish cancer support service in Manchester, offering counselling, financial advice and complementary therapies from a newly refurbished facility within the Heathlands care village.

Eminent cancer specialist Gordon Jayson, professor of medical oncology at the Christie Hospital, is advising the north London-based charity on the development of its latest satellite service — and its first outside the capital.

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Miliband enters Rabbi Bayfield’s ark

April 30, 2009

The words of Reform Judaism head Rabbi Tony Bayfield clearly resonated with Foreign Secretary David Miliband at a banquet at London’s Mansion House attended by over 100 foreign ambassadors.

Delivering grace in his capacity as chaplain to Lord Mayor of London Ian Luder, Rabbi Bayfield referred to “the ark of nations. If one nation is greedy or covetous... or is viciously racist, every other nation is affected. The ark of nations is threatened by the waters of ambition and self-seeking.”

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JCoSS headteacher makes an early start

April 30, 2009

Sixty people were at North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green on Sunday to hear Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, head of cross-communal Jewish secondary school JCoSS, address his first meeting for parents of potential pupils.

Outlining his vision for the Barnet school, which opens in September 2010, Mr Stowe-Lindner said it would be “proudly academic” and open to all Jews, however they practised their Judaism. “JCoSS is the future of our community,” he declared, “focused on delivering excellent results and inclusive of all”.

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Collaboration on Jewish studies

By Simon Rocker, April 30, 2009

Trainee Progressive rabbis will be taking degrees at a leading academic institution where Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks is a visiting professor.

King’s College, London has for several years offered an MA in Jewish studies in conjunction with the Orthodox London School of Jewish Studies.

Now King’s has entered into a similar partnership with the Leo Baeck College, London’s Progressive rabbinic academy.

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Alumni respond to crisis in chaplaincy funding

By James Martin, April 30, 2009

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks was among over 50 Cambridge University alumni at an emergency meeting in Golders Green on Sunday which raised £20,000 towards maintaining a Jewish chaplaincy post in Cambridge and East Anglia.

The meeting featured tributes by recent graduates to the essential role of student chaplains at Cambridge. Supporters were urged to ensure sufficient funds were in place to recruit a new chaplaincy couple after Rabbi Yehuda Fishman and his wife Nechami stand down at the end of the academic year.

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