Community life

Kosher Wimbledon

By Jessica Elgot, June 17, 2010

Strawberries and parev cream will be among the more traditional offerings from a kosher café for Jewish tennis fans during Wimbledon.

It will be the second year for the Chabad of South London Campuses' venture, offering barbecue items, takeaway sandwiches, baked potatoes and homemade brownies from the Wimbledon Golf Club car park.

The location is a familiar one to those who queue for tickets and the café will operate from midday until the end of play.


Akiva asks for expansion aid

By Robyn Rosen, June 17, 2010

Akiva School in Finchley is hoping to purchase and refurbish the adjacent building to make space for third-form entry.

Philip Simmons, chairman of the school's foundation, said that high demand had persuaded governors to attempt to buy the next-door beit midrash from the Movement for Reform Judaism.

"We have always had considerable demand and we have to disappoint large numbers of parents and children each year.


New Jewish primary for 2011

By Robyn Rosen, June 17, 2010

A new Jewish primary school in Haringey is a step closer with the announcement of plans to open on a temporary site in 2011.

Joint project leader Peter Kessler hopes it can be part of the government's Free Schools programme, where parents receive public money to set up their own schools.

The school will have a "cross-communal" ethos and four sites are being considered in Muswell Hill and East Finchley, among them an ex-garden centre and a former hospital building.


Lord Young is Jewish museum chair

June 10, 2010

Lord Young is the new chairman of the Jewish Museum, which has re-opened in Camden after a £10 million redevelopment.

The Conservative peer, a minister in Margaret Thatcher's government, brings wide business, cultural and communal experience to the role.

He paid tribute to those involved in the redevelopment for creating "an institution which does credit to the Jewish community and one of which we can all be truly proud.


Liverpool to expand Jewish activities

June 10, 2010

Liverpool has appointed an activities co-ordinator to maintain development in the wake of the closure of the Harold House community centre.

Adam Cailler, who was assistant centre manager, is taking on the role as the result of a joint initiative by Merseyside Jewish Representative Council, UJIA and the King David Foundation.

The plan is for Mr Cailler to expand the communal programme in preparation for the opening of a centre on the new King David schools campus currently under construction.


Birmingham Jewish studies funding slashed

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2010

Birmingham's King David Prim-ary has had its Jewish studies budget slashed.

Funding from Birmingham Hebrew Congregation has been cut from £20,000 to £12,000 annually. Birmingham Jewish Education Board has ended its varying contribution, most recently £3,000.

The voluntary-aided school now has only 65 Jewish children out of a roll of 245. More than half the pupils are Muslim.

Headteacher Steve Langford said the cuts had come at a bad time. "It is going to be tough, with costs rising."


Leeds woman to be Lady Mayoress of Manchester

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2010

The role of Manchester's new Lady Mayoress may seem an unlikely one for the Leeds Jewish Housing Association chief executive.

But it will be a case of coming home for Sheila Saunders, who although having lived in Leeds for nearly 30 years, was born on the other side of the Pennines.

Ms Saunders took up the invitation from Lord Mayor and long-time friend Councillor Mark Hackett and will accompany him to events including a royal garden party and be involved in charity work.


New kosher bakery for Leeds

June 10, 2010

Kosher bread will be baked once again in Leeds from July.

Operating under Leeds Beth Din supervision, Gelman's will supply kosher outlets.

Co-owner Moira Gelman believes "a Jewish community isn't a community without a bakery. We aim to provide fresh bread and cakes on a daily basis." She plans to add cheesecakes and other dairy items later in the year.

Leeds Jewish Representative Council president Hilton Lorie hoped the community would support the venture. The Chalutz bakery and shop closed two months ago, with the owners citing "an irreversible downturn in trade".


Manchester Fed thanks volunteers

June 10, 2010

Manchester's Federation of Jewish Services marked the national Volunteers' Week with a thank-you party for over 60 members of its unpaid army of helpers.

FJS - the result of a merger between The Fed and Heathlands Village in December - has in excess of 500 volunteers, including a sigficant number of young people.

"We simply could not function without them," said FJS marketing officer Joyce Khan. "They are involved in numerous aspects of service provision, but also help us out behind the scenes, in admin, with fundraising and in our shops."


The Leeds kids who go to King David, Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 10, 2010

To appreciate the importance Leeds parents attach to Jewish education, you need to take the bus - to Manchester.

With no Jewish high school in Leeds, secondary age pupils have traditionally gone to the fee-paying Leeds Grammar or local state schools. However, an increasing number of families are now opting to send their children to the King David High after attending Leeds' Brodetsky Jewish Primary. As well as the attraction of keeping their children within a Jewish environment, there is the appeal of King David's consistently high academic results.