Community life

Middle East peace talks come to Scotland

By Stephanie Brickman, July 22, 2010

Edinburgh has been hosting a summer school promoting dialogue and understanding between young Jews and Arabs in Israel and beyond.

The Windows for Peace project began as a magazine featuring letters young people wrote to one another and articles about their situations.This has now extended to two weeks of intensive workshops in a neutral country.

It is the second summer school to be held in Edinburgh and a prime mover has been Judy Sischy, director of the Scottish Council for Independent Schools and an Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation member.


Manchester Fed completes Heathlands move

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

The considerable logistical task of moving the Federation of Jewish Services, Manchester's largest charity, to its new premises in the Heathlands Care Village will be completed by Monday.

FJS adult, children and families, social work and referrals teams will move to the ground floor of the Heathlands main building. This completes the process, after the finance, HR and IT departments moved to join Chai Cancer Care on the first floor.

Chief executive Karen Phillips says the move heralds the beginning of a flagship Jewish care organisation for Manchester.


New rabbi for Liberal Jewish Synagogue

July 22, 2010

Rabbi David Wilfond will bring global ministerial experience to the team at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood.

He joins senior rabbi Alexandra Wright next month at the start of the countdown to the congregation's centenary celebrations in 2011.

A rabbi for 14 years, he has served communities in Kiev and Boston. Most recently, he has been with the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, where he was director of admissions and rabbi of the Murstein Synagogue.


Mystery over Carole Sobell catering company

By Robyn Rosen, July 22, 2010

A company run by the well-known kosher caterer Carole Sobell - Carole Sobell Limited - has gone into administration.

Paul Whiter of insolvency practitioners B&C Associates said: "They had a demand from the Revenue and Customs to pay a lump sum each month which they couldn't do.

"We will produce a report within eight weeks to send to the creditors about the state of affairs."

Carole Sobell Limited was set up in 1996. The caterer is now trading under the name of Carole Sobell Events, a separate company established in 2007.


Old boys remember Leeds school

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

Former pupils of a temporary wartime Ort school in Leeds were reunited on Sunday, 70 years after its relocation from Berlin.

More than 100 boys aged 15-to-17 fled to Britain from Nazi Germany in 1939, along with seven teachers and their spouses. From the following year until 1942, it operated from premises in Roseville Avenue as the Ort Technical Engineering School.

Eight old boys, who keep in regular contact, were at the anniversary celebration with family members and Ort officials at London's Jewish Museum in Camden.


Support urged for Borehamwood eruv change

July 22, 2010

Hertsmere Jews have been urged to rally behind an application to vary the positions of some poles for the long-awaited Elstree and Borehamwood eruv, which has been submitted to the local council.

The revised application was demanded by Hertsmere planners last month after it was found that obstacles such as trees and underground utilities required the relocation of a number of previously approved positions.


Resignations leave Radlett synagogue in turmoil

By Jay Grenby, July 22, 2010

Radlett Synagogue's vice-chair and two wardens have resigned, the wardens saying they can no longer work with chairman Andy Katz.

Critics claim that Mr Katz is "dictatorial" and "intransigent" and does not consult honorary officers or board members over key decisions. Mr Katz insists this is not the case and says he is working to bring the three back into the fold.


King David prepares to move into new building

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

It was the end of an era at Manchester's King David campus as the KD wound up its final academic year before moving into its newly built school.

On Wednesday, the junior school held its last speech day prior to merging with the infant section to create a two-form entry primary school.


Church group to buy heritage synagogue

By Robyn Rosen, July 22, 2010

The former Greenbank Drive Synagogue in Liverpool is to be turned into a church, after a failed attempt to convert it into Jewish community housing.

Founded in 1937, the synagogue closed in January 2008 because of dwindling membership and £70,000 debts.

The building was upgraded to Grade II* listed status after the Twentieth Century Society, campaigning to preserve architectural heritage, opposed plans by the Merseyside Jewish Housing Association to convert it into sheltered accommodation.


Israeli-British trade planned for Manchester

July 22, 2010

The new head of Israel-British Chamber of Commerce in Tel Aviv identified "potential" in Manchester for a number of high-level business prospects during a two-day visit.

Anita Leviant, who heads a global finance consultancy, said that Manchester and Israel have "common interests in high-tech and bio-tech. Traditionally the chamber has been working with London, but when I was elected, one thing I promised to do was to go out of London." One possible deal was for Israel to provide neonatal incubator systems to Manchester hospitals.