Community life

Honoured survivors celebrate with tea

January 7, 2016

Eight members of Jewish Care's Holocaust Survivors Centre who featured in the New Year's Honours were given a celebratory tea at the Hendon centre on Wednesday.

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West End Great quits home after 'excessive' rise

By Simon Rocker, January 7, 2016

The independent West End Great community is to leave Western Marble Arch Synagogue at the end of February after being asked to pay substantially more to remain.

West End Great has held services there for around 20 years after selling its own premises in Soho.

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Sephardi rabbi offers quick take on key topics

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2016

Traditional methods of Jewish learning are not as popular nowadays. People lead hectic lives and lack the time, or perhaps the inclination, to spend their free hours at shiurim or seminars.

That's why Joseph Dweck, senior rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community in the UK, is placing his faith in a series of online videos offering quickfire explanations of key concepts in Judaism.

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Shabbat UK wins award

By Josh Jackman, January 7, 2016

Manchester's Whitefield Hebrew Congregation has won a £7,000 prize for its Shabbat UK activities. The award came from European Jewish think-tank Hulya and the Conference of European Rabbis for "the most innovative, enriching and original green Shabbat olamit" across the continent.

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President rebuts 'lies' about rabbi

By Josh Jackman, January 7, 2016

Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation president Derek Silverstone has written to members warning that "inaccurate and even offensive" rumours about minister Rabbi Binyamin Bar had been "circulated by people who have no desire to heal our community".

Rabbi Bar was formally reinstated as minister in May, five months after being dismissed by the shul's previous administration.

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Cancer student thanks charity with cash call

By Josh Jackman, January 7, 2016

Spanish and linguistics student Nathalie Holt, 21, felt scared after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma two months ago - "you'd be stupid if you weren't.

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Lead role in Israel for latest olim pups

January 4, 2016

When four new arrivals from the UK arrive in Israel later this month, they will do so without the celebrations that greet many olim.

But their contribution to their adopted home is set to help dozens of blind and partially sighted Israelis gain the chance of independence through the gift of a guide dog from the Israel Guide Dog Centre at Beit Oved near Rishon LeZion.

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Annelise lives life to the full at 100

January 4, 2016

Annelise Winter enjoyed marking her 100th birthday with a string of celebrations.

Mrs Winter is a member of Jewish Care's Holocaust Survivors' Centre in Hendon where staff and volunteers hosted a tea for her, her nieces' families and her friends at the centre.

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Midlands 40th bash

January 4, 2016

A this is Your Life evening, anchored by Sky Sports pundit Jonny Gould, was held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Rabbi Shmuel Arkush, and his wife Leah, setting up Lubavitch in the Midlands.

Mr Gould, an ex-Brummie, highlighted how the couple established a Lubavitch presence in "a sceptical Midlands" in 1975.

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Notts Libs strike gold

January 4, 2016

Budding thespians at Nottingham Liberal Synagogue performed a play about Ruth Matiovska, a member and Shoah survivor, in front of a packed audience as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

The play, Ruth's Story, was specially adapted for children's participation from a script by the shul's Austerlitz Scroll Group.

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