Community life

Alumni respond to crisis in chaplaincy funding

By James Martin, April 30, 2009

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks was among over 50 Cambridge University alumni at an emergency meeting in Golders Green on Sunday which raised £20,000 towards maintaining a Jewish chaplaincy post in Cambridge and East Anglia.

The meeting featured tributes by recent graduates to the essential role of student chaplains at Cambridge. Supporters were urged to ensure sufficient funds were in place to recruit a new chaplaincy couple after Rabbi Yehuda Fishman and his wife Nechami stand down at the end of the academic year.


The London Marathon: Runners make great strides for charity

April 30, 2009

London Marathon runners for Jewish charities — and Jews taking part in aid of other causes — have clocked up in excess of £250,000 in sponsorship.

Norwood led the way on Sunday with its 20-plus participants raising at least £80,000. The group included 65-year-old power-walking Edgware great-grandmother Flora Frank, completing her 19th marathon and her 13th in London in six hours, her best-ever time.


Police chief wants Jewish bobbies

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 30, 2009

Greater Manchester Chief Constable Peter Fahy wants to recruit more Jewish police officers.

He raised the issue when supporting Manchester Jewish Museum’s plans for a Centre of Tolerance, dedicated to tackling racism. Meeting museum leaders at its Cheetham Hill premises on Monday, he described its community cohesion work as “hugely encouraging”.


Power play by rabbis

By Simon Rocker, April 30, 2009

United Synagogue rabbis want a greater say in deciding its religious policy.

A draft constitution of the Rabbinical Council of the US (RCUS), which has been seen by the JC, advocates that rabbis should be “an equal partner with the Chief Rabbinate and the London Beth Din” in determining the religious direction of the US.

The document also says that the RCUS “must ratify prior to implementation all policies that affect the rabbinate as well as any policy that affects the spiritual and religious direction of the United Synagogue”.


Cherie praises Norwood nursery

By Ben Jaglom, April 30, 2009

Opening Norwood’s first nursery on Monday, Cherie Blair told the assembled VIPs that it offered “some of the best possible education and inclusion for our children available anywhere”.

Mrs Blair, Norwood’s patron of children’s services, said: “In Britain every child matters. Here we have an example of not just that statement but of real action.

“This nursery shows the importance of giving children not only the best possible start in life, but an educational programme that will make them feel included in the wider society.”


Big role in Durham

April 23, 2009

Sunderland University lecturer Simon Henig is the leader of the new Durham unitary authority, providing services previously offered by eight councils.

“It’s a new era for County Durham and I look forward to the challenges ahead,” he said.

The 40-year-old Labour councillor is following in a family tradition as his father Stanley was MP for Lancaster and his mother Ruth sits in the Lords. His late grandfather Sir Mark Henig was Lord Mayor of Leicester and the first chairman of the English Tourist Board.


Hillsborough remembered

By James Martin, April 23, 2009

Members of the Israeli branch of the Liverpool Supporters’ Club joined the Anfield service marking the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. In remembrance of the 96 fans who were crushed to death on the terraces at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, the Israelis brought flowers and a message of solidarity with those who had lost loved ones.

Head of branch Dotan Segall said: “There is a big support for Liverpool thanks to the tradition of Israelis playing for the club.


£100k in cancer aid

By James Martin, April 23, 2009

The family of a man who died of bowel cancer have helped to raise £100,000 in his memory for equipment aiding the early detection of cancer.

Hampstead property developer Anthony Glantz died two years ago aged 45, leaving a wife, Janine, and daughters Lara, Chloe and Maya.


Survivor’s lesson to teaching staff

April 23, 2009

Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper received a standing ovation from over 400 educators when he addressed the Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ annual conference in Liverpool.

Mr Shipper never saw his father again after being sent to the Lodz ghetto with his grandparents in 1940. He managed to escape from a lorry transporting people from the ghetto and returned to work in the metal factory until the ghetto’s liquidation in 1944. He was sent to Auschwitz and then to another camp near Danzig, where he volunteered to work at a railway yard so as to get more food.


Write stuff

April 23, 2009

Popular children’s writer Joe Craig — author of the Jimmy Coates series — presented the prizes to the young winners of medical charity Shaare Zedek’s storytelling competition, run in association with the JC.

The successful child writers were Jessica Ebner-Statt, Ella Olins, Joshua Collins, Rachael Berger, Jessica Ansell and Ethan Cohen. The winning entries have been collated in a book, Inspirations, with the proceeds going towards the purchase of a neo-natal incubator.