Community life

Chrysler named Young Cantor of the Year

June 24, 2010

Twenty-year-old Didi Chrysler prevailed in a northern battle to be crowned Young Cantor of the Year at St John's Wood Synagogue on Monday night.

The Jerusalem-based Mancunian saw off the challenge of Southport Hebrew Congregation's Yossi Saunders, 21, and Charles Chait, 21, from Liverpool's Childwall Synagogue. A fourth finalist, Levi Coleman from Stamford Hill, was unable to compete because of work commitments at a Beverly Hills hotel.

Mr Chrysler's prize is a scholarship to the prestigious Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute, under the leadership of Cantor Naftali Herstik.

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Stanmore minyan for Sephardi

By Jay Grenby, June 24, 2010

An experimental Sephardi minyan at Stanmore United Synagogue attracted 30 people to its first service.

Conducted on Shabbat morning by some of the shul's regular lay service leaders, it was aimed at what minister Rabbi Mendel Lew termed "the substantial number of Sephardim among Stanmore's members".

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Edgware Mikveh project approved

By Jay Grenby, June 24, 2010

Edgware Lubavitch has received planning permission from Barnet Council for the construction of a permanent brick building to house the mikveh at the rear of its Hale Lane premises.

It replaces a wooden cabin which was destroyed by fire last year, al-though the ritual bath itself escaped damage and has continued in use inside a temporary structure.

The new building will be twice the size of its predecessor and, for the first time, will allow the mikveh to be used by women as well as men, although only on Friday nights.

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Board celebrates 250th anniversary

By Marcus Dysch, June 24, 2010

Past and present members of the Board of Deputies were a hat-maker's dream as they arrived at the organisation's 250th anniversary celebration on Sunday in fedoras, panamas, bowlers, an Ajex beret and even a top hat adorned with peacock feathers.

The 200-plus guests were honouring the request of the late Gertrude Shilling, a deputy known for the extravagant millinery creations she wore annually to the Royal Ascot race meeting.

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The Fonz visits Akiva school

By Jessica Elgot, June 24, 2010

A visit by Henry "The Fonz" Winkler made for happy days for pupils at Akiva School in Finchley.

The actor and writer popped in on Tuesday to speak to children about his story books. But Mr Winkler left his trademark leathers and motorcycle from the 1970s TV show Happy Days at home, and came dressed in a purple shirt and driving a BMW. In fact, he told the pupils he was unable to ride a motorcycle when playing Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli, and his bike had been pulled along on a trolley.

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£50K aid for bone marrow registry

By John Fisher, June 24, 2010

The Ezer Mizion Bone Marrow Registry is to receive a £50,000 boost from a Leeds United Hebrew Congregation fundraiser.

Two Ezer Mizion donor pools were established in the names of two Leeds women, Audrey Manning and Susan Black, whose lives were devoted to helping others

Rabbi Daniel Levy, senior minister at UHC and chairman of the Ezer Mizion dinner committee, said that the women were "outstanding workers who had a great sense of community".

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Service for Lady Jakobovits

By Robyn Rosen, June 24, 2010

Almost 1,000 people attended a tribute to the late Lady Jakobovits, during which a new charitable fund in her name was announced.

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor and Lady J's four daughters were among those to attend the service at St John's Wood Synagogue on Tuesday.

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Finchley synagogue seeks first chief executive

By Robyn Rosen, June 24, 2010

Finchley Synagogue is to appoint a chief executive, believed to be the first in the United Synagogue, in a move described as "unique".

The 2,500-member synagogue, also known as Kinloss, has appointed head hunters to find the right candidate for the community.

Jon Mendelsohn, chairman, said: "It will differ from similar job titles in other shuls as they are traditionally more administrative.

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Parent disputes Moriah admissions policy

By Simon Rocker, June 24, 2010

A family has complained that their son has been denied a place at the Moriah Jewish Day School nursery in Pinner, Harrow in September because the school miscalculated the distance from their home.

The boy's father, who did not wish to be named, said that other children who lived further away from the school had been placed higher than their son in the queue for 26 places.

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Borehamwood eruv will not be ready for summer

By Jay Grenby, June 24, 2010

Hertsmere planners have dashed hopes that the Elstree and Borehamwood eruv would be operational in time for the summer.

The council's planning department has decreed that retrospective consent must be obtained for the relocation of some of the final pole positions.

Eruv organisers say the changes are primarily to deal with obstacles such as underground utilities, trees, roots and wire clearances, which could not have been anticipated in advance.

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