Community life

'Distress' over Lady J absentees

By Robyn Rosen, July 15, 2010

United Synagogue president Simon Hochhauser has bemoaned the large number of "no shows" at a US-organised memorial tribute to Lady Jakobovits.

Athough almost 1,000 people turned out for the event at St John's Wood Synagogue last month, 400 people booked tickets but did not attend.

At Monday's US council meeting, Edgware representative Silvia Hartman said: "The evening was well done but I was absolutely and totally distressed at the amount of people that were not there.

"The community was not properly informed. It was a throwaway line in our own shul and we're a huge community."


Edgware seeks state aid for school project

By Robyn Rosen, July 15, 2010

Edgware Jewish Primary is ready to start building a single-form entry school and hopes to become state funded when it opens in 2011.

EJPS has been operating as an independent school since 2006, growing from an opening intake of 39 pupils to more than 130 children.

In October 2008, it was granted planning permission for a larger site in Hale Lane.

This will be equipped with high-tech IT facilities, library, gym, playground and full disabled access. It will make more places available in years two to four and at full capacity, EJPS will accommodate 240 children from the age of three.


Glasgow shul closing after rabbi quits

By Stephanie Brickman, July 15, 2010

Netherlee, Clarkston and Queens Park Synagogue in Glasgow is to close after 70 years.

The move, expected for some time, is being finalised following the resignation of Rabbi Raphael Bokow after six years with the 250-member congregation. An EGM next month will determine both the closure date and the future of the synagogue building.


Jobs go as UJIA income plummets

By Robyn Rosen, July 15, 2010

Fifteen redundancies are being sought at UJIA as the charity implements a £400,000 economy drive after a dramatic fall in donations.

UJIA's 86-strong workforce will be cut by up to 17 per cent. Four jobs have already gone in its Manchester operation, which has relocated from its long-time Mamlock House base.

Job cuts will be made across departments but a spokesman stressed that the redundancies would not impact on UJIA projects at home or in Israel. Six new positions may result from a review of activities.


Yavneh sets 2011 target for new primary

By Jay Grenby, July 15, 2010

A two-form entry primary section for Yavneh College in Borehamwood could accept pupils as early as September 2011, parents were told this week.

The move, intended to alleviate the severe shortage of Jewish primary school places in the Hertsmere area, was announced at a public meeting on Monday at Yavneh.

However, parents were cautioned that many obstacles had to be cleared before before building could start at the site, with the securing of planning permission high among them.


Auschwitz trip for CST

July 8, 2010

Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and Lancashire police chiefs were among officers taken by the Community Security Trust on an educational visit to Auschwitz.

Supt Andrew Pratt of Lancashire Police said the experience had made him "even more committed to educate against prejudice".


No kosher food at Asda in Liverpool

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 8, 2010

Asda has defended the removal of kosher items from its store in Liverpool's Sefton Park, citing poor sales.

Israeli-born Rafi Sharabi, who lives nearby in Wavertree, said a number of angry Jewish customers had rung to complain.

He was eventually told by the store management that following a directive from head office, staff had removed kosher lines from the world section, which carries Indian, Chinese and halal ranges.

An Asda spokesman said: "Obviously we care about what our customers think. If there is a swell of complaints, there is a possibility of putting the products back in."


Progressive college welcomes global intake

July 8, 2010

There is an international flavour to the new rabbinical studies intake at north London Progressive Jewish learning college, Leo Baeck.

Among those starting their studies in Israel will be Canadian Emily Jurman, a recent religious studies BA graduate from York University, who has undertaken various leadership roles with her home congregation in Greater Toronto.

Frenchman Jonas Jacquelin studied history and Jewish literature at the Sorbonne and has taught Judaism to young members of his Paris community.


$1m gift to Israel 'Oxbridge'

By Jessica Elgot, July 8, 2010

A $1 million British donation is helping Jersusalem's Shalem Centre to establish Israel's first US-style liberal arts college.
In London to promote the project, managing director of academic programmes Dr Amichai Magen said the aim was to create "the Oxbridge of Israel for lsraeli and Jewish leaders, politicians, diplomats and journalists of the future".

Due to open in 2012, it will offer a broad programme of arts, history, religion and philosophy.

The Chicago-based Conduit Foundation has donated $5 million and has agreed to match the $1 million from the anonymous British donor.


Hillel benefactor hailed for 50-year support

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2010

Supporters of Hillel turned out in force to mark the retirement of one of its best-known benefactors, Fred Worms, after 50 years' service to the student organisation and to B'nai B'rith.

At a supper - fittingly held at the London Jewish Student Centre, opened in 2008 - Lord Sacks praised "one of the outstanding characters of Anglo-Jewry".

The occasion marked the first visit back to London by Mr Worms, who turns 90 this year, and his wife Della since they made aliyah in 2009.