Community life

Stanmore eruv gains approval

By Keren David, July 2, 2009

London’s second largest eruv has been approved by Harrow Council, to the delight of members of Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue who had campaigned for its creation.

Brian Wolkind, chairman of Stanmore’s eruv committee, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be given the go-ahead for an eruv to enhance the Shabbat for the many Orthodox Jews in the area. Elderly and disabled people and those with young children will particularly benefit.”

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Shul wants to share its site with other faiths

By James Martin, July 2, 2009

Harrow and Wembley Progressive Synagogue wants to enter into a shared usage agreement with another faith group, and later sell its 7,000 sq ft premises.

Alan Solomon, the shul’s immediate past chairman, said the 450-member community has decided to “explore the possibility of entering into an arrangement with another faith group for shared usage with a view to an eventual sale sometime in the future”.

The Preston Road property, which is being advertised in Harrow by estate agents Baker Pearce, is valued at £2.5 million and includes half-an-acre of land.

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Consent for Orthodox Barnet school

By James Martin, July 2, 2009

An Orthodox Jewish primary school has received long-awaited planning permission from Barnet Council.

Beis Soroh Schneirer Girls’ Primary was granted planning consent after it demonstrated that there were no alternative sites available for the school and that it provided a good environment for the girls’ education.

The 230-pupil school, which is located in a former industrial warehouse in West Hendon, had been operating without planning permission since it moved from its previous premises at Finchley Synagogue in 2005.

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Vigils held for Shalit

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 2, 2009

Vigils to raise awareness and mark the third anniversary of the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit took place in three cities.

Manchester saw the highest profile event in the city centre’s main shopping area. Organisers outside Marks & Spencer held placards and wore T-shirts calling for Gilad Shalit’s release. Members of the public were invited to sign a petition for Shalit’s release. Hundreds of people took part, while Rebecca Ryan, star of Channel 4 drama Shameless, offered her support.

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Grant supports charity’s goals in UK

By James Martin, July 2, 2009

Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant told the story of his father’s survival of the Holocaust at the launch of the UK branch of an Israeli charity.

Meir Panim supports Israelis living in poverty, including Holocaust survivors.

Mr Grant, who coached Chelsea to last year’s Champions League final, discussed his father Meir Granat’s survival in Siberia, where he was exiled for three years during the Holocaust.

“I will never forget him screaming during the night,” said Mr Grant, who was told of his father’s story when he was 15.

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Wimbledon ball buoys

June 25, 2009

A diamond ball was a dazzling way for Wimbledon (Reform) Synagogue to celebrate its 60th birthday.

More than 180 people attended the black-tie event in the shul hall, which was decorated with ribboned hula-hoops. Although most of the funds raised were for the synagogue, a donation was made to the the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice in Hampton.

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Veteran volunteers pick up care awards

June 25, 2009

In National Volunteers Week, Jewish Care honoured some of its most dedicated helpers in a ceremony at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre.

Among the winners were residents Solle Frankel, 98, and Hettie Tauber, 93, who were honoured for their respective contributions to the charity’s Rubens House in Finchley and Vi and John Rubens House in Redbridge.

A new award went to Sam Jacobs for her work on the e-file project for the mental health team. She spent six months collating client contact information and support plans for a central information resource.

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Sunderland’s listed shul is up for sale

By Cathy Forman, June 25, 2009

The Sunderland Synagogue building has been put up for sale, three years after the congregation disbanded.

Its owners, the Shlomo Memorial Fund, purchased the Grade II listed building in 2000 with the intention that the Jewish community would use it for as long as possible. The final Shabbat service was held in March 2006.

It had been hoped that the Gateshead community would also utilise the premises, but no interest had been expressed.

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Wax leads Wizo networkers

June 25, 2009

Ruby Wax was the star turn for Wizo when it launched a business networking venture in collaboration with the JC in central London.

The JCWizonet is designed to encourage working men and women across the generations to share business experience and expertise.

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Protesters left to watch the birdies

By Stephanie Brickman, June 25, 2009

A Glasgow charity golf day for Israel passed off without major incident on Tuesday as a call for disruption by the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign attracted minimal support.

Officials at Bonnyton Golf Club, which hosted the annual JNF/KKL Scotland Professionals Pro-Am tournament, reported that the eight people who turned up to demonstrate were outnumbered by police. The Community Security Trust had also sent representatives from Manchester.

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