Community life

Liverpool loves Limmud

May 6, 2010

Limmud lovers from all corners of the country descended on Merseyside on Sunday for a wide-ranging Liverpool event at the Hope Park campus.

Five-hundred people enjoyed speakers and activities ranging from a lecture on challenges in the Middle East from Israel's deputy ambassador Talya Lador-Fresher to Yiddish music and a Lag b'Omer parade led by Lubavitch's Rabbi Avremi Kievman. Sue Hadden and Sara Saville were the event co-chairs.


Building starts on Borehamwood and Elstree eruv

By Jay Grenby, May 6, 2010

The first poles for the Borehamwood and Elstree eruv were installed this week, to the delight and relief of the area's two Orthodox communities.

If all goes to plan, the notional boundary allowing the carrying of certain items and the pushing of prams and wheelchairs on Shabbat and festivals will be operational by mid-summer.

And with more young families moving to the area, the completion of the project could not have come at a better time, says Borehamwood Synagogue rabbi Naftali Brawer. "The eruv will positively transform Jewish life in our community," he declared.


Rabbis discuss shared responsibilities

By Robyn Rosen, May 6, 2010

United Synagogue rabbis have discussed the desirability of ministerial teams to share responsibilities in larger communities.

A workshop during the Rabbinical Council of the US annual conference in Hemel Hempstead considered the team format, popular in America, where ministers take responsibility for different aspects of communal life.


Manchester Jewish Museum's director on leave

May 6, 2010

The cash-strapped Manchester Jewish Museum has suffered another setback with its director having to take extended leave because of health concerns.

Stuart Hilton has suspected ligament problems in his spine, making it difficult for him to walk. His absence could jeopardise the museum's financial recovery after a positive initial response to its emergency financial appeal for £5 monthly donations.

"We know we are getting an extra £1,000 income, which is brilliant, but is nowhere near our target of £6,000 a month," Mr Hilton explained.


Redbridge Jewish Community Centre considers relocation

By Cathy Forman, May 6, 2010

A feasibility study on the Redbridge Jewish Community Centre site is being conducted by the local council, which is considering its purchase to expand the adjacent state secondary school.


Maureen Lipman supports cancer cause

May 6, 2010

Maureen Lipman went out to bat for myeloma sufferers at a Lord's reception.

At the event, MCC chief executive Keith Bradshaw - who was diagnosed with myeloma in 2008 - announced plans for a September fundraiser for research into the bone marrow cancer.

Its centrepiece will be a game between a celebrity cricket side and a team of past and present football stars assembled by former Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear.


Thugs attack rabbi in Golders Green

By Leon Symons, May 6, 2010

A rabbi needed eight stitches in a head wound after a vicious assault by two bottle-wielding men in Golders Green in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Rabbi Yossi Simon, a mohel, and his two sons had been loading a vehicle at the London Jewish Family Centre with equipment for a Lag b'Omer parade in Stamford Hill.

"We were approached by two men who were very drunk and started throwing bottles at me," Rabbi Simon said. "Then they started punching me in the face. It was a frightening experience.


The London Marathon: The runners and their causes

April 29, 2010

Repaying charity's Caring gesture

Dietician Anneka Gershon, 25, raised a healthy £2,200 for Jewish Care in her second marathon, inspired by a family connection.

Her grandmother is a resident in the charity's Lady Sarah Cohen House in East Finchley.

"I found this marathon harder than last year," she confided. "I struggled with my training due to a knee injury.

"But I was determined not to give up due to the great stuff Jewish Care does for my nana and the Jewish community as a whole and the support I received from my family and friends."


Lubavitch library to be transformed

By Simon Rocker, April 29, 2010

The place is overrun with books, scatterered in wobbly towers across tables and too numerous for the stacks that are meant to contain them. For years, a cramped room in Lubavitch HQ in Stamford Hill has been home to the country's largest Jewish lending library.

Threading my way through the narrowest of passages, I am assured by Faigie Rabin - who for many years has guided borrowers to their sought-after volume: "It's nothing like it was two months ago."


King David High relaxes mobile phone ban

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 29, 2010

Manchester's King David High has relaxed a controversial ban on mobile phone use by pupils.

Since its introduction three weeks ago, infuriated parents of offenders have complained that the the six-week confiscation rule has jeopardised their children's safety by leaving them without a phone at evenings and weekends.

Confiscated phones have been returned and confiscation periods of one or a few days will again be the norm.