Community life

Study group's Shavuot cheesecake recipe

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

Learning is becoming a little sweeter now that a telephone-based study organisation is promoting its service with Shavuot recipe cards.

More than 1,200 cards have been produced by Phone and Learn (PaL) for distribution to kosher stores in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Bournemouth.


New assistant rabbi for Cockfosters

By Jay Grenby, May 13, 2010

Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum is Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue's new assistant rabbi with principal responsibility for its Hadley Wood satellite congregation.

The former Hasmonean pupil succeeds Rabbi Zvi Wanderer, who left to develop his career as an educator.

Rabbi Birnbaum studied at yeshivot in the UK and Israel, where he gained his semichah.

He also has a law degree from the Open University and was last year a member of the United Synagogue's rabbinic interns programme.


Campaigners celebrate BNP Barking council loss

May 13, 2010

Anti-racist activists are celebrating a rewarding campaign in Barking and Dagenham, where the BNP lost all its 12 council seats.

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality played a key role, organising backers to pound the streets delivering leaflets and encouraging non-BNP supporters to cast their votes.

Jcore director Edie Friedman hailed a "cross-community campaign with fantastic results" against the "enemies of reason".


Bury candidate: Losing Jewish seats will affect charities

May 13, 2010

A defeated council candidate in Bury has claimed that the failure of Jews to win seats could negatively impact on Jewish community projects.

After losing a closely fought contest in Sedgley, which has a large Jewish population, Tory Jonathan Grosskopf said the resignation of Peter Redstone in a nearby Whitefield ward had left the council with few members with a decent grasp of Jewish issues.

Tory Raymond Solomon, who trailed a distant third in St Mary's ward, claimed the new council composition might make it harder to obtain planning permission for the proposed Prestwich eruv.


JLC retracts new Jewish school in Borehamwood

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

An announcement of a new Jewish school opening in Borehamwood in September 2011 has been mysteriously retracted by the Jewish Leadership Council.

Parents in Borehamwood have been campaigning to establish another school because of the oversubscription of Hertsmere Jewish Primary.

An email was circulated on May 3 to those registered with the JLC's findajewishschool website on the subject: "Plans for a new school in Borehamwood for Sep 2011."

It said the JLC "hope to bring news, in the next week or so, of a plan to open a new school in the Borehamwood area for September 2011".


Glasgow synagogue concern over Masorti

By Stephanie Brickman, May 13, 2010

Concerns over the leasing of a room to Masorti Scotland at Garnethill's iconic Glasgow synagogue were voiced at an emergency meeting of the Garnethill congregation on Sunday.

The meeting - primarily to discuss the future of the struggling community - attracted half the 120 members, a turnout which delighted co-chair Gerald Lavin.


Jewish family terrorised by gang

May 13, 2010

A Jewish couple and five of their children were terrorised by a gang of three men armed with a hammer and a screwdriver who broke into their north-west London home last October, a court has heard.

But one of the family managed to hide and raised the alarm. Police arrived within five minutes and captured one gang member.


Liverpool's Harold House shutdown

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 13, 2010

A Liverpool community meeting on Sunday will hear the background to the closure of Harold House.

The decision to close the centre, the heart of communal activities since 1951, was made in the light of rocketing running costs of £100,000.

Sam Beilin, chairman of the charity which owns Harold House, says it was a drain on communal funds.

"There will be excellent facilities on the new King David campus with effect from next year. We hope the groups that are leaving Harold House will make use of that campus in the future"


Boris Johnson at sell-out Wizo event

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

London mayor Boris Johnson expressed his admiration of Israel to a sell-out audience of 350 Wizo supporters in central London on Tuesday night.

At a dinner raising more than £300,000 to refurbish the Pheobe Welcome Leon Day Care Centre for vulnerable families in Jerusalem, Mr Johnson said: "There are many things I admire profoundly about Israel. Its amazing 'can do' spirit, its high tech industry, its incredible entrepreneurial flair, its avocados and its talented entrants to the Eurovision Song Contest.


Rosh Pinah under fire over admissions

By Simon Rocker, May 13, 2010

Barnet Council has received complaints over admissions to the nursery of Rosh Pinah School in Edgware for September.

The JC has been unable to confirm the reasons for the objections although one local parent claimed that the two-form entry school had failed to abide by its admissions rules. Governors' chair Barbara Hotz was unavailable for comment despite repeated requests.

A council spokesman said: "We have received a few complaints from parents applying for places at Rosh Pinah Nursery School. We are working closely with the school to support them with their admission arrangements."