Community life

Lenny Henry plays it straight on drugs

November 6, 2008

Comedian Lenny Henry raised some serious issues when he addressed the third annual dinner of Drugsline on Monday at the Millennium Hotel in London's West End.

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JCoSS gets the crowds

November 6, 2008

Over 600 parents and prospective pupils attended the first promotional days for the cross-commual JCoSS secondary school due to open in 2010.

The majority attended on Sunday, when there were queues outside the site of the future JCoSS buildings in Barnet. They were able to take a virtual tour created from architects' drawings and hear governors' chair Robert Shrager outline the school's aims.

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Shekel rate adds to strain on charities

By Jay Grenby, November 6, 2008

Charities raising funds for Israeli causes have more than the credit crunch to contend with. Around a 25 per cent fall in exchange rates means that funds generated are worth considerably less in Israeli currency.

"We are presently getting a lot fewer shekels for our pounds than hitherto," reported Alison Rosen, executive director of Wizo UK, which supports welfare and educational projects in Israel. "This effectively reduces the amount of money we can send and we therefore need to raise more than ever to maintain even the same level of support."

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Fire repairs for kosher restaurant

November 6, 2008

Manchester kosher restaurant JS is to get a makeover after a fire destroyed one of its kitchens.

A major clean-up operation followed the fire, which forced the closure of the restaurant's second floor. It is thought an overheating oven sparked the blaze.

Restaurant owner Michael Issler spoke of plans to redevelop the burnt-out area. "We're not reinstating the kitchen but are looking at options to expand our upstairs function room and restaurant. We hope to begin redevelopment at the start of next year."

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Limmud’s Valley peaks

By Marilyn Sarano, November 6, 2008

The third Thames Valley day Limmud drew 250 people to Leighton Park School for a programme ranging from silk painting and kipah-making to lectures on Jewish history and relations with Muslims.

Reading Hebrew Congregation, Maidenhead Synagogue, the Oxford Jewish Congregation and Liberal Judaism organised the event, which attracted participants from as far afield as Swindon, Bath, Bristol and London.

Among the speakers were Limmud founder Clive Lawton, rabbis Jonathan Romain and Sybil Sheridan and Mustafa Chaudhary from the Reading Muslim Council.

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Kisharon education is praised

November 6, 2008

Kisharon's special needs education has been praised by the chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, Sir James Hill.

In the company of SSAT officer Lorna Grant, Sir James toured the charity's Tuffkid nursery and day school in Golders Green and the college, adult day opportunities service and the Asher Loftus Business Centre in Hendon.

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New Elstree nursery plans

By Jay Grenby, November 6, 2008

A private Jewish nursery is planned to cater for the growing number of observant Jewish families moving into the Elstree area.

Set to open in January, Little Bicks is the creation of 28-year-old mother-of-two Rivka Bicks, who moved to Borehamwood with her husband Matthew just before the birth of their two-year-old daughter Shoshanna.

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Israel aid charity trebles its money

November 6, 2008

A charity facilitating direct donations to "carefully selected" grassroots projects in Israel has raised over £450,000 in eight months, far exceeding its initial target of £150,000 in a year.

My Israel was founded by Danielle Franks, who says that every penny contributed goes to its allocated project. The charity's administrative costs are covered by separate dedicated donations.

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Manchester records will be going online

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2008

Tens of thousands of Jewish genealogical records will be made public under initiatives by the Manchester Council of Synagogues and the city's Jewish genealogical society. People will be able to access the records over the internet through a pay-as-you-view facility.

The genealogical society has released 300 new digital records from the closed Prestwich cemetery.

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Habonim attracts more than 40 youngsters to first of its fortnightly activities

October 30, 2008

Habonim attracted more than 40 youngsters to the first of its fortnightly activities at its North Manchester home at the Prestwich-based Maccabi Centre. Northern fieldworker Marc Fink said: "It was a fantastic way to start the year. Parents are constantly telling us there are not enough Jewish activities for their children. By putting on activities we are responding to this demand." In South Manchester, over 25 leaders and participants attended a fun introductory session to the movement at the Jubilee Centre, Bowdon.

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