Community life

Masorti panel is split on UK Jewish future

By Rosa Doherty, February 16, 2015

A heated debate on the future of British Jewry in the light of rising antisemitism was a highlight of a Masorti educational and cultural day at the New North London Synagogue in Finchley.

At a “Question Time” session during the annual Yom Masorti programme, panellists were asked if they agreed with Maureen Lipman’s comment that Jews were no longer safe in Britain.


Met chief is an admirer of Hill street patrols

By Simon Rocker, February 16, 2015

London’s second most senior policeman visited Stamford Hill to salute the work of the local division of Shomrim, the Orthodox community safety patrol.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey praised the volunteer group’s “exceptional” contribution at its second annual meeting.


Edinburgh House is to move from Wembley

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

Sephardi residential home Edinburgh House is looking to move to a new site after 38 years in its north-west London premises.

The executive of the Wembley home, caring for 51 elderly clients, decided to relocate after assessing the level of modernisation required on the current site.


Free children's PJ Library service enjoys novel launch

February 16, 2015

Celebrities have revealed their reading habits in support of the UK launch of the PJ Library, which provides free monthly children’s Jewish books on modern non-denominational themes.


School dinner is spiced up by news of first home

February 5, 2015

Noam Primary School has finally found a permanent home, 16 years after accepting its first handful of pupils.

Details were revealed to 300 supporters at the school's annual dinner at the VIP Lounge in Edgware on Tuesday, which raised £200,000 towards the project.

The permanent site is in East Road, Burnt Oak and the expectation is that building work will be completed in the next 15 months.


Loving the Limmud line-up

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

MP Ivan Lewis, Board of Deputies leaders Laura Marks and Alex Brummer and the UK's senior Sephardi rabbi, Joseph Dweck, were among the speakers who drew a crowd of 600 to Manchester Limmud on Sunday.

The programme at William Hulme's Grammar School covered subjects as diverse as antisemitism, meditation and circus skills.

Co-chair Rebecca Lewis said feedback had been overwhelmingly positive.


Mirvis honoured to join Barnet's freedom band

February 5, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis received the freedom of Barnet on Tuesday at a ceremony at Middlesex University attended by civic leaders and MPs including the Irish Secretary, Theresa Villiers.

In the citation, Barnet Council said the award recognised "the eminent services rendered by him within the borough, nationally and internationally to the enhancement of the Jewish community and the promotion


Meaty fall-out as shechita board rejects Fed proposal

By Simon Rocker, February 5, 2015

The London Board for Shechita has rejected a plan from the Federation of Synagogues to introduce a new mehadrin range of meat.


Manchester moves to involve young planners

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

Young adults are being given an opportunity to shape their own future in Manchester in a bid to stem the drift of twentysomethings to London.

As part of a proposed restructuring, Manchester Jewish Representative Council will create an executive youth and community working group as one of six elements of its operations.


Pearl's widow: 'my Anne Frank connection'

By Rosa Doherty, February 5, 2015

The widow of American Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and beheaded by militants in Pakistan in 2002, has received a moral courage award from the Anne Frank Trust in London.

Mariane Pearl was presented with the award by broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky at the trust's lunch at the Park Lane Hilton, which raised £420,000.

Mrs Pearl - whose book about her husband's life was turne