Community life

Northern region appoints chaplain

June 18, 2009

A new chaplaincy couple has been appointed for the northern region, despite fears over funding for the post.

Essex-born Garry and Suzanne Wayland will take up the post in September. Both have first class honours degrees and experience of Jewish youth work.

Speaking of his appointment, Rabbi Wayland, 27, who is concluding his rabbinic studies in Jerusalem, said: “We are looking forward to working with the students and also the wider communities. The student community is vibrant and it’s an age group we feel connected to as recent graduates.”

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Anne Frank remembered

By James Martin and Stephanie Brickman, June 18, 2009

A tearful Mayer Hersh described receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Holocaust education as “the best day of my life”.
Mr Hersh, who survived nine concentration camps including Auschwitz, was rewarded at the Anne Frank Awards for his work for the Holocaust Education Programme in the north west over the past 30 years.

Gillian Walnes, executive director of the Anne Frank Trust UK, which organises the annual awards, said he had “impacted on tens of thousands of people”.

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New site for school refused

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 18, 2009

Planning permission to relocate Bury and Whitefield Primary School to a greenbelt site was unanimously refused by the council planning committee on Tuesday.

The school’s governors had been hoping the proposed new site would raise intake to the currently undersubscribed 165-pupil school by relocating on the doorstep of the Whitefield Jewish community from its current Unsworth site three miles away.

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Honours for Malcolm Weisman in his new role

June 18, 2009

A crowd of over 50 well-wishers travelled from as far as Norwich and Aberdeen to the London home of the Chief Rabbi to celebrate Reverend Malcolm Weisman’s becoming emeritus minister for small communities.
Sir Jonathan Sacks paid tribute to Rev Weisman’s years of service since the inception of the Office for Small Communities in the 1960s. “Malcolm Weisman is a deeply respected and loved figure in Anglo Jewry, because he cares for everyone. No community is too small and no distance too great.”

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Darlings, you are all so wonderful

By James Martin, June 18, 2009

Joanna Lumley was the star attraction at the annual UJIA women’s appeal, praising the “family spirit” of the Jewish community.

The actress, best-loved for her role as Patsy Stone in the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, enthralled guests with anecdotes about her career before earning rapturous applause when she spoke about her recent successful campaign to allow Gurkha veterans to settle in Britain.

She described them as “wonderful, warm people, who I first met because my father served with them while stationed with the British army”.

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Go-ahead for eruv in Stanmore

By Keren David, June 18, 2009

Orthodox Jews in Stanmore are celebrating Harrow Council's approval of an eruv for the area at its planning committee meeting last night.

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Square deal for £2.5m schemes

By Ruth Rothenberg, June 11, 2009

Major projects requiring a £2.5 million expenditure were outlined to Belsize Square Synagogue members at the shul’s annual meeting.

An estimated £1.8 million rebuilding plan will open up the ground floor of the original vicarage house bought by the congregation 70 years ago into the adjacent 1950s-built synagogue. The enlarged area and extended gallery will allow the synagogue to house over 600 people for festival services, rather than have to move members out en masse to hired premises.

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FZY voters select new look for centenary

June 11, 2009

Federation of Zionist Youth members went to the polls to choose a new movement logo to mark FZY’s 100th anniversary.

Over 400 votes were cast online, or through Facebook and Twitter. The winning design reflects the landmark anniversary, with an accom-panying tagline: “One movement, one family, 100 years”.

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Immanuel still popular

By Leon Symons, June 11, 2009

The head of Anglo-Jewry's leading private Orthodox secondary school has allayed fears of a lessening in demand due to the credit crunch.
Philip Skelker said applications for Immanuel College in Bushey were “stacking up very satisfactorily for the autumn. It has been a slower process but we are recruiting well.

“However, we are seeing something unusual — Jewish children who have been attending private non-Jewish schools wanting to transfer to Immanuel in years eight and nine. If you take this into account, we are looking very healthy indeed.”

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Jcore makes historical case for helping refugees

June 11, 2009

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality is urging community members to get involved in Refugee Week, which begins on Monday.

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