Community life

US chief's March of the Living

April 22, 2010

United Synagogue chief executive Jeremy Jacobs says his participation in the March of the Living in Poland has strengthened his commitment to Holocaust education.

Mr Jacobs, who was accompanied by five US youth directors, witnessed the impact the march had on the young. "As the years go by, it becomes ever more urgent for people to hear testimony directly from survivors."

Mr Jacobs has committed £30,000 to Polish trips over the coming year.

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Mill Hill's synagogue's £3.6m development plan

By Jay Grenby, April 22, 2010

The 200 Mill Hill Synagogue members who attended a Friday night dinner with the Chief Rabbi and Lady Sacks to mark the shul's 60th anniversary were given additional cause for celebration.
Shul chair Jerome Reback used the occasion to announce that a long-planned redevelopment had finally been given the green light.

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Israelis teens share Yom Ha'atzmaut in the UK

By Robyn Rosen, April 22, 2010

Sixty Israeli teenagers from the Galil celebrated Yom Ha'atzmaut with families in communities across England on a friendship building UJIA scheme.

Arriving on the last flight to Luton last Thursday before its closure because of the volcanic ash scare, the teens were here through the annual Magic Moments Living Bridge programme.

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Shenley rabbi agrees to delay his departure

April 22, 2010

The Shenley Synagogue minister who announced his departure in March, saying that he and the community "were not a good fit" has now agreed to stay on for a further year.

Rather than leave Shenley with his family at the end of June, Rabbi Natan Levy will remain until June 2011, when he plans to make aliyah.

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Watford members visit Auschwitz

By Jay Grenby, April 22, 2010

Twenty-one Watford Synagogue members have returned from a day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau determined to raise awareness of the Holocaust.

Led by Rabbi Barry Marcus of the Central Synagogue, the group toured the death camp site before reciting kaddish and lighting memorial candles. There was just time for a brief tour of Krakow and a minchah service in the sole remaining operational synagogue in the once-thriving Jewish quarter.

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Firm sued dead woman daughter's rent

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 22, 2010

A property firm that sued a dead Jewish woman over rent for her daughter's student accommodation has apologised and withdrawn its legal action.

The Manchester family of Susan Ellis, who died of leukaemia in January, were outraged when Leeds property firm Parklane pursued a rent claim for a flat Victoria Ellis never occupied. Ms Ellis had dropped out of university to nurse her dying mother. But after last week's JC report and other media coverage, Parklane agreed to drop the claim for £2,200 and donate the same amount to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

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The Who's Roger Daltrey tours Norwood

By Robyn Rosen, April 22, 2010

Norwood was number one for rock legend Roger Daltrey when he toured a Stanmore-based service offering employment training and opportunities for adults with learningdifficulties.

The Who singer was joined by fellow musicians Russ Ballard, Nick Newall, Jackie Rawe and Steve Smith and Norwood president Richard Desmond for the formal launch of the RD Crusaders WorkHub.

All are members of Mr Desmond's "supergroup" the RD Crusaders, for which he is the drummer, and the centre was funded by a £1 million donation from concert proceeds.

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Mental Health centre attemps to change attitudes

April 22, 2010

Six members of the Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill's Golders Green day centre have given Jami supporters an insight into their conditions.

In an interlude during a concert by classical pianist David Silkoff at Burgh House in Hampstead, the six recited poems they had written about themselves.

Jami's Einat Gilad-Kingsley said the aim had been "to change the way the Jewish community views people with mental health difficulties, so we can hopefully promote the idea that there is a person behind the label.

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Matt Lucas hosts quiz to help Alan Senitt Trust

By Jay Grenby, April 22, 2010

Matt Lucas took on the role of genial quizmaster at a fundraiser in Elstree on Sunday in aid of the Alan Senitt Trust and Northwick Park hospital radio station.

The Little Britain star's appearance helped to attract a 300 capacity crowd. He is a patron of the trust, set up by the Senitt family in memory of the young Jewish activist and interfaith worker who was murdered in America four years ago. Mr Lucas also knows the Senitts well from his younger days at Edgware Reform Synagogue.

He spoke of the loss felt by the community at Mr Senitt's passing.

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Antisemitic crime drops in Barnet

By Leon Symons, April 22, 2010

Barnet, home to Britain's biggest Jewish population, has reported a significant drop in racist and religious hate crime and an increase in catching the perpetrators.

There were 284 racist offences during the 2009/10 year, which ended in March, compared to 428 in the previous 12 months.

Up from 35 per cent to 50 per cent was the rate of clear-up - where police identify the culprits and a punishment is applied ranging from a caution to a prison sentence.

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