Community life

Comedy stars coming out for Mitzvah Day

October 8, 2009

David Mitchell and Angus Deayton are bringing comic relief to Mitzvah Day, the nationwide good deed programme on November 15. Mitchell and Deayton will be judging competitions for the best projects on the day, which is expected to attract 15,000 volunteers.

Mitchell said that “time can be a much more generous gift than money. Just ask someone rich, busy and old which they value most.”

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Light show for Radlett

October 8, 2009

Aldenham parish councillors have voted unanimously to support an application for the erection of a giant menorah in the centre of Radlett during Chanucah. The councillors commended the joint initiative between the Hertfordshire village’s three congregations — Radlett United, Radlett and Bushey Reform and Lubavitch.

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US women get shorter

By Jay Grenby, October 8, 2009

Brevity now rules for the former Association of United Synagogue Women, which has changed its name to US Women.

“It’s easier to say and it’s what we are,” declared Kenton Synagogue’s Irene Leeman after an EGM at which she and Dalia Cramer of Finchley Synagogue were elected the organisation’s first co-chairs.

This joint post was permitted by a revised constitution approved at the meeting.

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Givers happily take the bait

By Alex Kasriel, October 8, 2009

Although Jews are supposed to give at least one-tenth of their income to charity, Institute of Jewish Policy Research figures suggest that 20-to-30-somethings are less likely to do so than their parents.

To counteract this, the Charities Advisory Trust, headed by Dame Hilary Blume, ran an event in Mayfair to inspire young professionals to become philanthropists.

Called Happy Givers — because giving promotes a sense of well-being — it featured representatives of four charities who tried to persuade the 40-strong crowd to part with their cash.

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BA chief's sky-high praise

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

The work of Jewish Care has been praised as a “shining example of community responsibility” by a high-flying source — British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh.

Addressing over 200 businessmen and women at a sell-out breakfast at Claridges, Mr Walsh said: “I am astounded about the work the charity does.

“It’s really impressive and I want to pay tribute. It is a truly wonderful service.”

Charity was never more important than when the economy was in trouble, he added.

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Jump start

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

A new mentoring scheme matches pupils at Jewish schools with professionals offering career advice.

More than 60 students have applied to join the Jump programme, launched by education charity World Ort.

Piloted at JFS and Hasmonean, organisers hope all Jewish secondaries will eventually offer the scheme. Jump director Julia Alberga said: “By linking them with mentors, students will gain helpful insight that will assist them in making the right career decisions.”

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Motorcyclist dies in crash

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

A Southgate businessman travelling to see his sick mother was killed in a road crash in Hendon.

Raymond Helman, 52, died from head injuries sustained after the silver Honda motorcycle he was riding collided with a black Ford Mondeo in Hendon on September 25.

Police are investigating the incident.

Mr Helman had been going to see his mother, who suffers from dementia and is a resident in a Hendon care home. The funeral took place last week at Waltham Abbey.

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Lib-Dem's Matthew Harris taking on Dismore

October 8, 2009

Lib-Dem Friends of Israel secretary Matthew Harris has been chosen to fight Hendon for the party at the next general election.

Mr Harris, 38, works in public relations. He was raised in Hampstead Garden Suburb and is an Oxford English graduate. Although not affiliated to a synagogue, he is an occasional congregant at shuls including Kol Nefesh Masorti in Edgware.

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Joy over leading role

October 8, 2009

Manchester Reform Synagogue has appointed Frankie Stubbs as youth leader.

The 20-year-old student will be working with youngsters at the Jackson’s Row community for at least 12 months. “There are plenty of events happening throughout the year and I can’t wait to get everyone involved,” she said.

Miss Stubbs was raised in Southport and has been a youth leader with RSY Netzer, organising summer camps and weekend events. She is currently in her second year of a youth studies degree at Nottingham Trent University.

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Succah in the City

October 8, 2009

Law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner hosted a “Succah in the City” for more than 150 members of London’s Jewish business community on Tuesday.

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks was the guest of honour and former Lloyds Banking Group chairman Sir Victor Blank was also among those present.

The large succah was set up at BLP’s London Bridge offices on a terrace overlooking the River Thames. It was also made available by BLP to UJIA and the Tel Aviv University Trust for breakfast events.

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