Community life

Emunah’s hard men prepare for challenge

By Andrew Pentol, January 22, 2009

As preparation for a “physical, mental and spiritual” quest in Israel, 10 of the men who will be taking part in Emunah’s Triple E Challenge were put through their paces by Israeli fitness and survival specialists at a training day in Mill Hill on Sunday.

When they undertake their expedition across the Judean desert from February 28 to March 6, they will have to negotiate waterfalls and other daunting obstacles using a variety of rope techniques.

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Red bread helps Manchester Fed

January 22, 2009

Manchester welfare charity The Fed has gone into the red to raise funds.
To celebrate “Fed Friday” on February 6, a red challah — the colour of the charity’s branding — will be produced by the State-Fayre bakery and will be sold in six kosher shops.

“Fed Friday” is intended to raise funds for and awareness of the charity’s work. Supporters are being asked to host an evening meal. They will receive a pack, sponsored by Osem, with details about the charity, a raffle ticket and “donation invitations” for their guests.

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Tesco’s biggest kosher section

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 22, 2009

Tesco is targeting Manchester Jewish shoppers by installing its biggest kosher section in the new Cheetham Hill store.

The Cheetham Hill Tesco is the closest major supermarket to North Manchester’s main Jewish population and offers over 270 kosher products.
“It’s really nice to come in and see all this kosher variety in Cheetham,” said Ruth McNicholas. “Normally if I want kosher food, I have to go to Prestwich.”

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Still minding the shop at 100

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 22, 2009

Most men of 100 would gladly put their feet up. But it’s been business as usual for Jack Yaffe, who runs the family household goods store in the heart of Manchester’s Jewish community.

The great-grandfather celebrated his landmark birthday on Saturday and says he has no plans to retire, despite suffering vision problems. “I don’t feel any different and I don’t know why there is all this fuss,” he said. “I hope to have many more years. I want to carry on — I’d really like to dress the window like I always used to do.”

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Bentley drives Ben Uri move

January 22, 2009

The Ben Uri art museum’s plans for a return to Central London were given added impetus this week by a new management structure featuring businessman Saimon Bentley as co-chair alongside David Glasser.

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Goodman for Chief’s office role

January 22, 2009

Former Kisharon executive director David Goodman will be the new executive director of the Chief Rabbi’s office.

Mr Goodman’s work with Kisharon — assisting children and adults with learning difficulties — impressed Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, who praised him as “a remarkable individual”.

Chief Rabbinate Trust chairman Simon Hochhauser said Mr Goodman “combines the practical skills needed to manage a key communal organisation with a detailed and intimate knowledge of our community across its wide spectrum”.

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Brown meets survivors

January 22, 2009

Gordon Brown welcomed Holocaust survivors Ben Helfgott and his sister Mala Tribich to 10 Downing Street on Wednesday when he signed a book of commitment, pledging to remember the Holocaust and to fight all forms of discrimination.

The book was placed in the House of Commons by the Holocaust Educational Trust in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day and has been signed by over 100 MPs.

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Rachel puts the boot into racism

January 15, 2009

Strictly Come Dancing runner-up Rachel Stevens, Olympic 400 metres golden girl Christine Ohuruogu and supermodel Jodie Kidd are opposing racism by sending footwear to a Holocaust Memorial Day art project.

As part of the main commemorative event in Coventry on the theme of “Stand up to Hatred”, an artwork constructed from hundreds of pairs of shoes will represent the fate of Holocaust victims who were made to remove their shoes before their deaths.

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School in knife scare

January 15, 2009

A security lock-down was implemented at King Solomon High in Redbridge on Monday after reports that a knife-wielding youth was heading towards the school.

Police advised staff to gather pupils together while they searched the premises. A 15-year-old boy was eventually detained nearby and police said there was no evidence that he had intended to enter the school. He appeared at Redbridge Youth Court on Tuesday charged with possession of a bladed article. He received a six-month referral order to report to the Youth Offending Team.

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ATM scam warning

January 15, 2009

Barnet Jews have been warned to be on their guard when using ATM machines in Hendon and Golders Green after a spate of card fraud incidents over the weekend.

Fraudsters fitted devices to a number of cash machines to trap cards and record PIN numbers which were then used to withdraw large amounts of cash.

Police have contacted synagogue groups as part of an awareness drive to urge residents to exercise particular care and, where possible, to use familiar cash machines so that any attached devices are more visibly obvious.

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