Community life

Survivor praises Holocaust play

July 1, 2010

A play sympathetic to Nazi guards has been lauded by an Auschwitz survivor.

Arek Hersh, 82, was among the audience when The Interview,by Jayson Bartlett, was performed in Leeds. He said he had found it both realistic and engrossing.

The play is about the interviewer of a survivor who discovers that his father was a death camp guard.

Mr Bartlett spent five years researching the work and feels it unfair to think of the guards solely as "inhumane". He is taking the play to York in August and hopes to bring it to London.


New head for Scottish Council of Jewish Communities

By Stephanie Brickman, July 1, 2010

Dundee academic Paul Spicker is the new head of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities.

The professor of public policy at Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University says that as a former Dundee Hebrew Congregation chair, he brings to the role the experience of dealing with the problems of a small community. "SCoJeC has been a wonderful support to Dundee and I hope we'll be able to reach out more to people across Scotland."


Glasgow planning for Jewish future

By Stephanie Brickman, July 1, 2010

A community planning expert has addressed a Glasgow meeting on the way forward for local Jewry.

Jerusalem-based Simon Caplan produced a 1995 report on the community's future and was also behind major Jewish planning initiatives in Herts, Brighton and Liverpool.

At Monday's Community Futures meeting, organised by Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, he stressed the importance of using modern communication methods to create a supportive structure.


Delamere Forest school celebrate relocation

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 1, 2010

It will be the end of an era on Sunday when current and former pupils of Delamere Forest attend a day of celebration at the Cheshire special needs school before its relocation to north Manchester.

One thousand British Jews have been educated at Delamere, which opened in 1920 as the Jewish Fresh Air Home and School for poor inner-city children suffering from malnutrition or asthma caused by smog. But lessening demand for residential schooling and changes in local authority funding had jeopardised Delamere's future.


Malaysian visit to LSJS

By James Lewis, July 1, 2010

Senior Muslim officials from the Malaysian government were guests of the London School of Jewish Studies in Hendon.

The visit was arranged through the Muslim College as part of a fact-finding exercise about other faiths and featured a discussion with the school's Rabbi Natan Levy and a tree planting ceremony.


Hertsmere Jewish school plan

By Robyn Rosen, July 1, 2010

A meeting has been arranged this month to gauge interest in a new Jewish voluntary aided primary school in Hertsmere.

It will be hosted by Jewish Primary Education in South Hertfordshire, a working group of the Hertfordshire Education Forum, and held at Yavneh College on July 12.

With the oversubscription of Hertsmere Jewish Primary, many parents are struggling to find Jewish school places for their children in the locality.


Glasgow artist's works are museum pieces

July 1, 2010

Works by the late Glasgow Jewish artist, Hannah Frank, have been added to the collection of Glasgow Museums.

The museums have acquired two black-and-white drawings and a set of six mounted woodcuts, which will go an temporary display at the end of August.

Fiona Frank, the artist's niece, was "really pleased that Hannah's home city art gallery has chosen to honour her in this way.

"My aunt, who died in December 2008 aged 100, would have been delighted."


Synagogues' appeal on cemetery space

By Robyn Rosen, July 1, 2010

Four synagogue groups appealing to overturn a decision against extending a north London Jewish cemetery have urged an inquiry to consider the "historical circumstances" of the community.

Liberal Judaism, West London Synagogue, the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation and Belsize Square Synagogue are making their case over Edgwarebury Lane cemetery to a four-day Planning Inspectorate hearing at Hendon Town Hall.


Reform launches review of its Israel policy

By Simon Rocker, July 1, 2010

The Reform movement has set up a working party to review its policy on Israel.

It would help give a "distinctive voice" on Israel in "challenging, difficult and possibly epoch-making times," movement head Rabbi Tony Bayfield told its annual meeting at the Sternberg Centre in London on Sunday.

The working party will be chaired by Reform vice-chair Jenny Pizer, who said Reform engagement with Israel was "greater than ever".


Ovens ban after kosher bakery leak

By Marcus Dysch, July 1, 2010

A Hendon kosher bakery and café has been banned from using its gas ovens following a carbon monoxide leak on Sunday morning.

More than 20 people were evacuated and a large section of Brent Street was sealed off following the incident at Mr Baker.

It took five fire engines and specialist appliances, four rapid response ambulance cars and a team of police officers over four hours to deal with the leak.

The London Ambulance Service said that as a precaution, it had assessed 10 people at the scene but none had required hospital treatment.