Community life

Jewish Care job cuts

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2009

Thirteen Jewish Care employees are being made redundant following a six-week consultation process.

The charity announced in January that up to 22 jobs could go at its Merit House, Colindale, headquarters as part of a bid to slash £2.5 million off its budget.

Redundancies have been made across the administrative spectrum in departments such as human resources, marketing and fundraising.

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Climate gets the first response

March 12, 2009

A conference on the Jewish response to climate change is planned as the first event of new cross-communal ethics organisation called Responsibility.

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£4m Liverpool home is shelved

By Cathy Forman, March 12, 2009

Efforts to relocate Liverpool’s Stapely care home to the Childwall Synagogue site have fallen victim to the credit crunch.

A £3.5 million sale had been agreed for the 66-bed residential home in Sefton Park and planning permission granted for its redevelopment into flats. But with the completion date looming, the purchaser could not come up with the money.

The intention had been to put the proceeds towards the building of a £4 million three-storey care home in the car park at the rear of the shul.

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Welfare centre will take crime reports

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 5, 2009

Bury Police have launched a hate crime reporting centre for Manchester Jewry.

The offices of Crumpsall-based welfare charity The Fed will be open to local Jews as a drop-in reporting point. Staff will be trained to log reported incidents on to a dedicated police database. It follows the establishment of a similar third-party reporting point at Brackman’s kosher bakery in Salford last month.

Police liaison officer for the Jewish community in Prestwich, PC Chris Grayshon, hopes the centres will reduce the number of unreported antisemitic incidents.

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Hendon hails Ginsbury

By Jay Grenby, March 5, 2009

Rabbi Mordechai Ginsbury celebrated his 10th anniversary at Hendon Synagogue among friends — 250 of them who packed the Raleigh Close community centre for a Shabbat lunch.

Opening proceedings, synagogue vice-chair Naomi Landy said the congregation was “fantastically lucky” to be served by Rabbi Ginsbury and his wife Judy.

Praising the minister for his hard work, approachability, sense of humour and commitment to the community, she read out tributes from Lady Jakobovits and Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

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Cockfosters’ family planning

March 5, 2009

Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue hopes the appointment of its first community directors will encourage more young families in its catchment area to become involved.

The husband-and-wife team of Simon and Joanna Hamilton recently moved to Cockfosters with their two young children. Mrs Hamilton is a qualified nurse who has volunteered with a number of Jewish organisations. Her property developer husband is familiar with the Cockfosters set-up, having grown up in the shul’s satellite community of Hadley Wood.

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Birthday concerto

By Ruth Rothenberg, March 5, 2009

Belsize Square Synagogue celebrated its 70th anniversary on Sunday with the premiere of a specially commissioned cello concerto echoing the experience of its founding members, refugees from Nazi Germany.

Written by the shul’s choirmaster Benjamin Wolf, Etz Chayim, Tree of Life reflects a community reclaiming its traditions — and above all, its musical heritage.

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Southern comfort

March 5, 2009

Prize-winning author Linda Grant and a special guest drew over 100 literary lovers to the first Jewish Book Week event in South London.

The bonus for the audience at the Nightingale home in Clapham was that Ms Grant was accompanied by Canadian fashionista Catherine Hill, the inspiration for her new book, The Thoughtful Dresser.

Ms Hill came to Canada as a teenager after surviving Auschwitz. She att-ributes her survival and career success to the credo that looking good leads to feeling good — even in a death camp.

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Kisharon cooks up £10k

By James Martin, March 5, 2009

Over 1,000 people made a meal of supporting special needs educational charity Kisharon on Saturday evening.

They were guests at 60 dinner parties nationwide organised as part of a “Quiches for Kisharon” fundraiser from which the charity hopes to generate £10,000.

Kisharon’s Juliet Moss said Costco and kosher butcher Louis Mann were among retailers who supported the event by either “donating food, a percentage of profits, or collecting donations from shoppers”.

Leanne Orkin helped to organise a dinner party in Stanmore for 70 guests which raised over £2,000.

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Yavneh pupils enjoy Olympic games

By James Martin, March 5, 2009

Four-hundred Yavneh College pupils were put through their paces by British Olympic triple jumper Larry Achike on Tuesday.

Achike visited the Borehamwood secondary to conduct a fitness circuit on behalf of Team Superschools, with participants raising £5,000 through sponsorship towards a trampoline and a support scheme for promising young athletes.

After completing a demanding series of exercises, pupils took advantage of the opportunity to quiz Achike about his career in international athletics, training methods and diet.

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