Community life

Merseyside’s new menu

By Lennie Isaacs, February 18, 2009

The kosher restaurant at Liverpool’s Harold House Community Centre, which was destroyed by fire in August, is to reopen on March 1.

Mark Polak, a former co-owner of the Bagel Shop in the city centre, will run the refurbished 60-seat restaurant and hopes for “the full support of the Liverpool community”.

Although the menu has not yet been finalised, it will include traditional Jewish dishes and Mediterranean options.

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Lottery bid for cemetery

By Lennie Isaacs, February 18, 2009

The restoration of an historic Liverpool Jewish cemetery hangs on a bid for £220,000 in lottery funding.

Deane Road Jewish cemetery in Kensington is the final resting place of some of Liverpool’s best-known entrepreneurs. The last burial was in 1929 and it had fallen into disrepair until a campaign to refurbish it was launched three years ago.

Actress Miriam Margolyes, solicitor Rex Makin and MPs Louise Ellman and Jane Kennedy are among those supporting the restoration.

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Volunteers' share deals

February 18, 2009

Over 50 Jewish charities were represented at an idea-sharing seminar for volunteer co-ordinators.

The Jewish Volunteering Network event, hosted by UJIA, included a talk by Carol Hart of the Association of Jewish Refugees on how charities could pool training and other resources.

People management consultant Colin Rosen discussed how more effective organisational structures could help volunteers.

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Concert tribute to tenor

By Ruth Rothenberg, February 18, 2009

Eight chazans and two male choirs joined forces for a sold-out tribute concert to a popular tenor who died of cancer last year, aged 62.

The Wembley Synagogue event — also raising money for Chai Cancer Care and Laniado Hospital in Netanya — was in memory of Peter Heimann.

Mr Heimann was an enthusiastic chorister at Belsize Square Synagogue, where he sang in the choir from his teenage days, and at Mill Hill Synagogue, which he joined in 1995.

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Friday night project in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2009

Seven-hundred supporters of Manchester welfare charity The Fed took part in Fed Friday, for which people were asked to host a Friday night dinner and solicit donations from guests. With donations from half the participants received, the fundraising total stands at £4,000. Profits from sales of specially-produced promotional red challot have swelled the proceeds.

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Kingdom to remain shut at Passover

By James Martin, February 18, 2009

Golders Green supermarket Kosher Kingdom has advised customers that it will not reopen in time for Passover.

The store has been closed since a fire last summer and bosses tried unavailingly to find temporary premises for the lucrative Pesach market.

“Despite our best attempts, we have had to face the inevitable,” Kosher Kingdom’s David Rokach said. “It’s obviously a missed commercial opportunity but it actually hurts us that we can’t service our customers this year as they’ve become so reliant on us.”

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Rosh Pinah backtracks on changes

By Jay Grenby, February 18, 2009

Parents of pupils at Edgware’s Rosh Pinah Primary have cautiously welcomed a “climb-down” by the school over changes to its Jewish studies curriculum.

Last Friday, the JC reported parental anger at the removal of chumash and Rashi from the syllabus. On the same day parents were sent a letter from school leaders claiming “it was always intended that chumash would be incorporated and take its rightful place as an integral part of the Jewish studies curriculum”.

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A final reunion for men who fought the Fascists

By Marcus Dysch, February 18, 2009

Jewish street-fighters reminisced about their East End battles with Oswald Mosley’s blackshirted supporters at an emotional gathering in Hampstead Garden Suburb on Sunday.

They were among 200 people, Including family members, at the final reunion of 43 Group, founded by ex-servicemen to fight the rising tide of British Fascism. Now mostly in their 80s, they were glad of the opportunity of a last meeting with former comrades.

John Wimbourne joined the 43s after returning to Britain from service in the Merchant Navy. He recalled feeling compelled to combat Mosley’s organisation.

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Talent contest finalists chosen

By Ben Jaglom, February 18, 2009

Actor and comedian Paul Kaye will be judging the comedians, musicians, singers and a magician who have made the final of a Wizo-organised talent competition. Showbiz agent Jonathan Shalit will also be on the panel for the “Who’s Got Talent?” showpiece in North-West London on March 8.

The competition is a follow-up to last year’s “Comedy Factor” event and is being run by Wizo’s younger division, Aviv.

“Jews have always been big in showbusiness so it was no surprise seeing so many turning up wanting to audition,” reported Wizo executive director Alison Rosen.

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Fruitful aid at Tu Bishvat

By Jay Grenby, February 12, 2009

Around 1,500 children from London Jewish primary and secondary schools, nurseries and chedarim joined Gift’s Tu Bishvat initiative to help families in need.

The Hendon-based social action charity asked each pupil to bring fruit to school to be put into baskets by their class.

Volunteers delivered over 100 baskets to clients in time for the festival. Beis Yaakov, Hasmonean, Hertsmere and Yavneh College were among the schools involved.

“This initiative is exactly what Gift is all about,” said the charity’s director Michelle Barnett.

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