Community life

Local heroes take centre stage in Leeds

By Hayden Cohen, December 9, 2009

A Holocaust survivor who has addressed schools across the country about his experiences was among the winners of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board’s annual pride awards, which attracted over 4,000 votes from the local community.

Arek Hersh, an MBE for his services to Holocaust education, said he could barely find words to express his feelings on receiving a special achievement award. “I travel to Poland, taking groups to Auschwitz every year, sometimes twice a year. I go round to schools, universities and various other organisations giving talks.”


Overseas aid charity sets out its green manifesto

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2009

In the week of the Copenhagen summit on climate change, international aid charity Tzedek has announced plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 10 per cent.

Tzedek also intends to become a "zero waste" organisation, maintaining a sustainable procurement policy favouring local suppliers and further promoting vegetarian food at its events.

"Implementing these policies will not be easy, but this is an issue that is central to achieving our mission statement," said Tzedek executive director Dan Berelowitz.


St John's Wood panel improves environment

December 9, 2009

Three “green gurus” featured in a book on environmental movers and shakers co-edited by Liberal Jewish Synagogue member Louella Miles addressed a meeting at her shul in St John’s Wood.

The speakers were Paul Dickinson, chief executive of Carbon Disclosure; John Elkington, an international expert on sustainable development and John Grant, author of the Green Marketing Manifesto. BBC presenter Edward Stourton chaired their discussion, which attracted an audience of 150.


Bus link is backed by Boris

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2009

An intervention by Boris Johnson has prompted a potential U-turn by Transport for London over a direct bus link between Golders Green and Stamford Hill.

In June, TfL announced that it “could not justify the cost of introducing a direct service”. However, it has now agreed to a request from the mayor to reconsider extending the 210 bus route.

A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: “He has listened to voices advocating such a link and, although no commitment has been made, he is keen for TfL to explore all options.”


Schools unite in interfaith celebration

December 9, 2009

Pupils at the Akiva Primary in Finchley were joined by their Catholic counterparts from the neighbouring St Theresa’s School to celebrate the presentation of an award to interfaith relations pioneer Sir Sigmund Sternberg by the former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

The pupils gave performances about Chanucah and Christmas before Sir Sigmund received a star to add to his papal knighthood, awarded in 1985 in recognition of efforts to promote relations between Jews and Catholics.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey also addressed the gathering.


Chief praises leading couple

By Jay Grenby, December 9, 2009

Lord Sacks told Northwood Synagogue congregants on Sunday that Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman and his wife Ilana made an “outstanding” team.

Conducting the induction of Rabbi Freedman, the Chief Rabbi reminded guests that with the couple respectively holding a Ph.D in medical physics and a degree in pharmacology, they could offer both spiritual and physical support.

“If one doesn’t work, they can try the other,” he suggested. “And as your new rabbi is a specialist in non-invasive surgery, either way, it won’t hurt!”


Rosh Pinah head is to stand down

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2009

Rosh Pinah Jewish Primary head Anthea Abery is to retire at the end of term.

Ms Abery, 61, said she had been waiting until the recent completion of an Ofsted inspection at the 472-pupil school.

Deputy head Judy Greenberg will become acting head and the school will advertise for Ms Abery’s replacement in the new year.

She was appointed head in 2003 after five years in the deputy’s role.


Starring roles for women in East Enders’ special

December 9, 2009

Twelve women aged from 43 to 92 took part in an eshet chayil (women of valour) ceremony on Sunday at Jewish Care’s Stepney Jewish Day Centre.

A first for the charity, it was the idea of Joyce Saffron, a volunteer at the centre for over 50 years. “I kept hearing about men who were having a second barmitzvah and thought — why not have a ceremony for women?”


JCoSS deputy's job is 'too good to miss'

December 3, 2009

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Girls’ sixth-form head Patrick Moriarty has been appointed deputy head of JCoSS, the Jewish Community Secondary School opening in Barnet next September. He starts his duties in January.

Prior to joining Haberdashers — where he also co-ordinated the programme for gifted students — Mr Moriarty, 43, taught at voluntary aided schools including the highly regarded Latymer in Edmonton.


Soul Train journeys to Scotland

By Stephanie Brickman, December 3, 2009

In what has been dubbed the “Kosher Ceilidh”, Israeli cultural outreach organisation Soul Train has completed an 11-stop tour of Scotland, bringing music, dancing and stories to communities as far-flung as Ayrshire, Isle of Skye and Lochgilphead.

The two musicians, David Weinreb and Danny Dor-El, also entertained students in St Andrews as well as stopping off at the Calderwood Lodge Primary in Glasgow and the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation cheder.