Community life

King David High relaxes mobile phone ban

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 29, 2010

Manchester's King David High has relaxed a controversial ban on mobile phone use by pupils.

Since its introduction three weeks ago, infuriated parents of offenders have complained that the the six-week confiscation rule has jeopardised their children's safety by leaving them without a phone at evenings and weekends.

Confiscated phones have been returned and confiscation periods of one or a few days will again be the norm.

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Moroccan Princess visits Sephardi synagogue

April 29, 2010

Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui, Morocco's new ambassador to Britain, was a guest of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation at Lauder-dale Road Synagogue on Shabbat.

Special memorial prayers were recited for the two previous Moroccan kings, one who helped shelter Jews during World War II and the other who promoted peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The shul met the request of its guest for a Sephardi kiddush.

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Tory candidate attacked over Jewish school claim

By Stephanie Brickman, April 29, 2010

The Tory Parliamentary candidate for East Renfrewshire has been criticised for accusing the local Labour-led council of a "poverty of ambition" for Scotland's sole Jewish school.

Richard Cook claimed the council was sacking a child development officer at the Calderwood Lodge Primary's nursery.

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Elderly Jewish sisters robbed

April 29, 2010

Two elderly Jewish sisters were left in shock after thieves ransacked their north Manchester home before leaving empty-handed.

One of the women, aged 87, was yanked from the phone as she tried to call the police. She was held with her mouth covered to silence her cries.

The three raiders searched the house on Bury New Road, Broughton Park, but left shortly after 2.30am last Wednesday. The sisters then alerted a neighbour. Both were treated for shock and the 87-year-old suffered bruising to her arms. Police are appealing for information.

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The London Marathon: Jewish causes are the winners

By Robyn Rosen, April 29, 2010

Jewish participants in the London Marathon have raised more than £400,000 for charitable causes.

Ort is the biggest beneficiary, raking in £105,000 from a group of South African runners who completed the 26.2 mile course on Sunday.

They were joined by ex-Royal Marine Tom Carver from Hendon, who was almost left to fly the flag alone because of the South Africans' travel problems in the wake of the flight disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud.

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Woman,64, fights off burglars who stole £30k

By Leon Symons, April 29, 2010

A 64-year-old woman has revealed how she managed to fight off two burglars who were in cahoots with her cleaner.

She put up such stout resistance that although the gang escaped with more than £30,000-worth of jewellery, they did not take valuable items that she was wearing.

Barnet police have warned other householders to beware of the gang, thought to be Romanians and believed to have carried out other burglaries in the area.

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Louis Walsh talent spots at Langdon fundraiser

April 29, 2010

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has put his star-spotting abilities at the disposal of Langdon, the London and Manchester charity supporting young Jewish adults with mild to moderate learning difficulties.

Addressing 400 people at a sell-out dinner at the Park Lane Hotel in London's West End, Walsh offered to judge a talent show for Langdon residents. And he called on the help of another celebrity guest, the singer Sinitta.

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Rabbi Mark Solomon is new minister in Edinburgh

By Stephanie Brickman, April 29, 2010

Edinburgh's Liberal congregation, Sukkat Shalom, formally welcomed Rabbi Mark Solomon as minister at an induction ceremony on Sunday attended by 100 people.

The induction was performed by Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich and in his remarks, Rabbi Solomon stressed his pride at leading a congregation which involved itself in the wider community.

Representatives of other faiths and Labour politician Gavin Strang were among the guests.

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Charedi councillor to stand as independent after Tory deselection

By Bernard Josephs, April 29, 2010

A Charedi councillor in Hackney is standing as an independent in the local elections after being deselected by the Conservatives.

Shimon Tesler, a Tory representative on the Labour-controlled council since 2002, hopes for re-election in the solidly Conservative Lordship ward.

In a letter to voters, he lashed out at local Tory leaders, claiming he was dropped for spending "a disproportionate" amount of time representing Charedi interests.

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Side by Side pondering Kisharon merger

By Robyn Rosen, April 29, 2010

The new management of the Side by Side special needs school in Stamford Hill is contemplating a merger with Kisharon in Golders Green in a bid to resolve Side by Side's financial problems.

Yossel Margulies and David Freeman, two of the new team, spoke this week of their efforts to rescue the charity from financial ruin.

Last year, a site purchased by Side by Side for a new school was repossessed after the former management was unable to keep up loan payments.

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