Community life

Dementia support cafe launched

June 3, 2010

Jewish Care is launching a café and peer support group in Westcliff for dementia sufferers and their carers.

Funded by Southend Borough Council and established in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society, the service opens next week at Jewish Care's Southend and Westcliff Jewish Community Centre.

Centre manager Graham Freeman said: "People with dementia, and those who care for them, should have the opportunity to share experiences."


Luton synagogue's open house

June 3, 2010

The first open house at Luton Hebrew Congregation since last year's move to a converted doctor's surgery proved a popular attraction.

Local faith leaders from a variety of communities were the principal guests, among them representatives of Bedfordshire Progressive Synagogue. Also present was a BBC local radio presenter, who was impressed by an interior with "stained glass windows resplendent, enhancing the warm and welcoming atmosphere".

Rabbi Yossi Schwei and some of his congregants explained Jewish rites and practices to the guests.


American-style kosher bakery for Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 3, 2010

This month's opening of an American-style kosher bakery in Prestwich will increase competition in a crowded market in north Manchester.

The Royal Bake is the third kosher bakery to launch in 18 months, making it nine in the area.

"It's gone bakery mad," observed Dovid Kaufman, manager of Haber's in Prestwich, a kosher shop stocking products from 18 bakeries from London to Gateshead.

"A lot of customers have noticed a sudden massive variety." But there was also evidence of increased home baking - "our yeast sales have doubled".


Interlink looks for male staff

By Robyn Rosen, June 3, 2010

Interlink, the umbrella organisation for the Charedi voluntary sector, wants to employ its first male staff member.

The organisation has advertised for a male development worker, to provide support, financial information and advice to its charities.

Interlink director Chaya Spitz said: "Although Interlink has male trustees, it has an all-women staff both in London and Manchester. This has led to our sometimes being perceived as a women's organisation and we believe that our services are more accessible to women."


England flags on Borehamwood eruv

June 3, 2010

Poles for the long awaited Borehamwood eruv have a new topping - England flags.

The St George emblem has appeared on five of the 34 poles marking the perimeter of the eruv, which allows observant Jews to push or carry certain items on Shabbat and festivals.

"It looks like a kids' prank," said an Elstree and Borehamwood Eruv Trust representative. "It makes no difference to the function of the eruv."

The spokesman dismissed the possibility that the action reflected opposition from residents to the visual impact of the eruv poles.


Lulu's love of gefilte fish at UJIA dinner

By Jessica Elgot, June 3, 2010

Lulu has revealed how she acquired a love of gefilte fish.

The British pop icon addressed a UJIA women's brunch at London's Saatchi Gallery which raised £100,000 for projects for young people in the UK and northern Israel.

Speaking to the JC, the Scottish singer recalled that she was just 15 when her single Shout rocketed up the charts in 1964. Her Jewish manager Marion Massey was anxious to find a protective living environment for her in London and so she ended up staying with Ms Massey's mother in St John's Wood until her marriage to Bee Gee Maurice Gibb.


NW Jewish parents seek Ilford school places

By Jay Grenby, June 3, 2010

Hertfordshire parents are contemplating sending their children on a daily cross-London journey to ensure them of Jewish school places.

Over two dozen people attended a meeting at Borehamwood Synagogue at which Ilford Jewish Primary head Roz Levin and governor Howard Kemp talked about the school and its ethos. Unlike in Herts, where many families face disappointment over Jewish school applications, IJPS has 17 places available in its reception class.


Scottish Jewish groups row over racism

By Stephanie Brickman, June 3, 2010

A row is raging between two key communal organisations over the level of antisemitism in Scotland.

In a letter to the JC, Glasgow Jewish Educational Forum's Michael Samuel, Jeremy Stein and Tony Tankel expressed concern "at the repeated attempts of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities to exaggerate the threat of antisemitism, which will only cause harm to the interests of Jews living in Scotland".


We're big on bagels

May 27, 2010

World Jewish Relief supporters showed a big appetite for its second Big Bagel event.

Over 3,000 people took part in bagel-themed events in homes, schools, offices and synagogues, hoping to beat last year's £70,000.


Racing certainties for £100k windfall

By Robyn Rosen, May 27, 2010

Twenty-six communal and Israel charities are the beneficiaries of the £100,000-plus raised by over 1,000 participants in the biggest Maccabi GB Community Fun Run, held on Sunday in Elstree.