Community life

Leeds home changes for the better

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

When Donisthorpe chief executive Carol Whitehead took charge at the Leeds care home 12 years ago, it had a bad reputation.

Care provision was hospital-style and 60 per cent of beds were unoccupied. As activities co-ordinator Candice Grant pointed out: "Mothers used to say to their children, 'don't put me in Donisthorpe'."


RSY Natan is a man in half-a-million

August 5, 2010

Londoner Natan Janner-Klausner has become the 500,000th participant in a Jewish Agency Israel tour. He was presented with a commemorative certificate by Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky at a "Mega Event" in Herzlia for movement members from around the globe.

Natan, the son of North Western Reform minister Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, said that "looking out into the 10,000 crowd and seeing the smiling, proud faces of my close friends was one of the most incredible feelings of tour. I am honoured to have been given the chance to represent RSY-Netzer in such a positive way."


US women discuss bigger role

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

The compilation of a "yellow pages" of provisions for women at United Synagogues is one product of a US Women open forum.

More than 30 women from 10 congregations gathered at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue to discuss issues including batmitzvah, reciting Kaddish, reading the Megillah, opportunities for single women and Jewish education programmes.

US Women committee member Anne Godfrey said the aim was assess the current situation and to suggest improvements.


Nightingale awards Oscars to staff stars

August 5, 2010

An Oscar-themed awards ceremony celebrated the dedication of staff at the Nightingale care home in south London.

Employees were invited to nominate colleagues for awards for leadership, team work, best newcomer and shining star. A tea at the Ritz and a Thames cruise were among the prizes.


Hackney councillor mourned

August 5, 2010

A Hackney Conservative councillor who represented Stamford Hill's New River ward for 12 years has died after suffering a heart attack.

Councillors observed a two-minute silence on the town hall steps to pay their respects to Maureen Middleton, 68, who was buried at Waltham Abbey on Tuesday.

Former Hackney mayor Joe Lobenstein said Councillor Middleton had "understood the needs of the Stamford Hill Jewish community".


Changes at Radlett

By Jay Grenby, August 5, 2010

Radlett Synagogue has announced a raft of changes in the shul's spiritual and lay leadership following the departure of Rabbi Ariel Abel and the resignation of honorary officers who said they could no longer work with chair Andy Katz.

Members were informed this week that Jeffrey Gruder would assume the vice-chairmanship until new elections at the AGM in May. The two departing wardens would be replaced by a rota of "service co-ordinators", who were already concentrating on arrangements for the High Holy-Days.


Coast shul wants sea change

By Corinne Rein, August 5, 2010

Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation could be on the move after receiving an offer for its Wootton Gardens premises in the town centre.

After the Shabbat service, relocation committee chair Geoffrey Feld told members that "a substantial offer had been received which we are looking upon most favourably".

He could not reveal the prospective buyer, or the price being offered. However, if the sale went ahead, a clause allowing two or three years for the shul to find a replacement site would be included in the contract.


Council approve £10m JBD development

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

A £10.6million Jewish Blind and Disabled development of mobility apartments has been given the green light by Hertsmere Council. The Bushey project will incorporate 39 one-bedroom apartments for physically disabled or vision impaired people of all ages and two apartments for full-time on-site house managers.


WJR emergency appeal will help Pakistan flood victims

August 5, 2010

World Jewish Relief has launched an emergency appeal to assist those affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan, which have killed over 1,000 people and affected nearly two million others.

The floods - the heaviest in Pakistan for 80 years - have contaminated vital water sources. Officials fear greater problems if the floods reach more populated provinces.

Working with partners on the ground, WJR will be using money raised to provide non-food essentials, emergency shelter, health care and materials for the process of providing clean water and sanitation.


Hair apparent - not for long

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 5, 2010

VA senior leader at Whitefield Jewish Youth Centre is to lop off the shoulder-length hair he has long been cultivating to raise money for cancer victims.

Eighteen-year-old Dan Kay - who was suspended three times during his Manchester King David High days over the length of his hair - says his parents finally convinced him to have it cut.

"Everyone hates my hair," he said. "My parents asked: If we can raise £1,000 and donate it to charity, would I cut it off?"