Community life

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?"


Manchester united on Rosh Hashanah appeal

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 5, 2010

Manchester's Jewish Federation and Heathlands Care Village have launched their first combined Rosh Hashanah appeal as a merged charity.

Appeal literature for the Federation of Jewish Services will focus on a grandfather and grandson who receive care at the Heathlands premises as a reflection of the combined welfare services being offered at the north Manchester site.


Shul planning alternative New Year

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

A major Leeds Orthodox synagogue will be breaking with tradition on Rosh Hashanah by holding an informal explanatory service, including discussion in English, as its main celebration.

Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue, Street Lane, will offer congregants Hebrew prayers in phonetic English and Rabbi Jason Kleiman will give explanatory talks.

A more traditional service will be held in the shul hall.

"We understand that on Rosh Hashanah most people are not regular shul-goers," Rabbi Kleiman said.


Council sorry for offending caring couple

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 5, 2010

Bury Council has apologised to a strictly Orthodox couple told by a social worker to lessen their religious commitment in order to care for a son with cerebral palsy.

Eve Field from Prestwich complained to Bury Children's Disability Team after the social worker referred to her husband's religious activities, such as praying and studying, as "his choice".

"She wrote in her report that we should put our religion on the back burner until our children are old enough to need less physical care. It was unbelievable," Mrs Field said.


Winehouse leads JLGB karaoke

July 29, 2010

The Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade welcomed back two celebrity former members to its senior summer camp in Colchester.

Sophie Abelson - star of BBC soap Doctors and a graduate of the brigade's Southport group - was the subject of a rescue mission in a Torchwood drama activity. Mitch Winehouse - father of Amy and now forging his own musical career - led a karaoke session. Both Mitch and Amy were Southgate brigade members and Mitch has kept in contact through the old comrades' association.


Jewish teens praise mentoring programme

July 29, 2010

British Ort is to expand its Jump mentoring programme for senior students at Jewish high schools following a successful inaugural year.

Fifty teenagers were assigned mentors with expertise in professions as wide-ranging as policing and law, midwifery and music production.

JFS pupil Julia Sidon, 16, received a £150 shopping voucher for the best diary of a mentoring experience - she was helped by dentist Suzanne Barnett.

Julia praised her "amazing" mentor. "Whenever I had questions she was there for me. She found work experience for me with a periodontist."


Young leaders work on interfaith project

By Jay Grenby, July 29, 2010

Pupils from Immanuel College in Bushey are among the latest graduates of the Alan Senitt community leadership programme, linking year 10 pupils in mainstream and faith schools and promoting inter-community activity.

At the ceremony, guests were given an insight into the projects undertaken by the graduates, including an educational workshop on different religions organised by Immanuel pupils for a local middle school. Guest speaker was Mike Perham, who at the age of 17 last year became the youngest person to sail single-handed round the world.


Tribe rabbi to run Belmont services

July 29, 2010

Jerusalem-based Rabbi Gideon Sylvester has come to the aid of Belmont Synagogue, which is without a spiritual leader after the move of Rabbi Daniel Roselaar to Hendon's Alei Tzion congregation.

The former Radlett Synagogue minister, currently rabbi of Tribe Israel, will lead the Belmont congregation's High Holy-Day services as part of a United Synagogue programme providing Israeli assistance for UK communities over the festival period.

"We are very excited about this and look forward to welcoming Rabbi Sylvester," said Belmont chair Anthony Broza.