Community life

BA chief's sky-high praise

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

The work of Jewish Care has been praised as a “shining example of community responsibility” by a high-flying source — British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh.

Addressing over 200 businessmen and women at a sell-out breakfast at Claridges, Mr Walsh said: “I am astounded about the work the charity does.

“It’s really impressive and I want to pay tribute. It is a truly wonderful service.”

Charity was never more important than when the economy was in trouble, he added.


Jump start

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

A new mentoring scheme matches pupils at Jewish schools with professionals offering career advice.

More than 60 students have applied to join the Jump programme, launched by education charity World Ort.

Piloted at JFS and Hasmonean, organisers hope all Jewish secondaries will eventually offer the scheme. Jump director Julia Alberga said: “By linking them with mentors, students will gain helpful insight that will assist them in making the right career decisions.”


Motorcyclist dies in crash

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

A Southgate businessman travelling to see his sick mother was killed in a road crash in Hendon.

Raymond Helman, 52, died from head injuries sustained after the silver Honda motorcycle he was riding collided with a black Ford Mondeo in Hendon on September 25.

Police are investigating the incident.

Mr Helman had been going to see his mother, who suffers from dementia and is a resident in a Hendon care home. The funeral took place last week at Waltham Abbey.


Lib-Dem's Matthew Harris taking on Dismore

October 8, 2009

Lib-Dem Friends of Israel secretary Matthew Harris has been chosen to fight Hendon for the party at the next general election.

Mr Harris, 38, works in public relations. He was raised in Hampstead Garden Suburb and is an Oxford English graduate. Although not affiliated to a synagogue, he is an occasional congregant at shuls including Kol Nefesh Masorti in Edgware.


Joy over leading role

October 8, 2009

Manchester Reform Synagogue has appointed Frankie Stubbs as youth leader.

The 20-year-old student will be working with youngsters at the Jackson’s Row community for at least 12 months. “There are plenty of events happening throughout the year and I can’t wait to get everyone involved,” she said.

Miss Stubbs was raised in Southport and has been a youth leader with RSY Netzer, organising summer camps and weekend events. She is currently in her second year of a youth studies degree at Nottingham Trent University.


Succah in the City

October 8, 2009

Law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner hosted a “Succah in the City” for more than 150 members of London’s Jewish business community on Tuesday.

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks was the guest of honour and former Lloyds Banking Group chairman Sir Victor Blank was also among those present.

The large succah was set up at BLP’s London Bridge offices on a terrace overlooking the River Thames. It was also made available by BLP to UJIA and the Tel Aviv University Trust for breakfast events.


Breakaway group finds Southern comfort

By Cathy Forman, October 8, 2009

The breakaway group from Bournemouth Reform Synagogue has given itself a title — the Southern Reform Community.

Over 80 people supported the group’s Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at the local Carrington Hotel. “The atmosphere was amazing,” reported former Bournemouth Reform officer Melanie Smith. “Many agreed it was the best set of High Holy-Day services they had attended for years.”


Skeet gets a facelift

October 8, 2009

Kent-based kosher residential facility Skeet Hill House has reopened following a £1.5 million upgrade funded by communal donations.

Head teachers and youth organisation leaders were among the 70 guests at a reception to mark the refurbishment.

Skeet is administered by the Bradians Trust, whose chairman Michael Black thanked donors, particularly the Jewish Youth Fund.

Sandra Waldman was recently appointed manager of Skeet and bookings are already being accepted for 2011.


WJR's plea for quake victims

October 8, 2009

World Jewish Relief has launched an emergency appeal to assist those affected by the Indonesian earthquake.

The United, Reform and Liberal movements are among those backing the appeal, to provide desperately needed clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and emergency healthcare for residents of Padang, one of Sumatra’s largest cities with a population of 900,000. WJR chief executive Paul Anticoni said: “We will be working with trusted partners on the ground to ensure that all funds raised will directly benefit those who need them most.”


Bagel bakery is in hot water over hygiene

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2009

A north London kosher bakery has been fined £3,000 after failing a food safety check because it did not have hot running water to clean equipment.

Hendon Bagel Bakery was found guilty of failing to comply with a hygiene improvement notice served in June last year. The notice required the company to install a hot water supply to a sink in the shop.

As well as the fine, bakery owner Avi Avital was ordered to pay £1,500 costs and a £15 surcharge.