Community life

Campaign targets £7m to meet educational shortfall

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

A charity campaign has been launched to cover the estimated annual£7 million cost of supporting Jewish studies in schools in north-west London.

Chomesh L'Chinuch, instigated by members of Golders Green Beth Hamedrash, is urging people to earmark 20 per cent of their charity donations for Jewish education.

The initiative - meaning "a fifth for education" - distributed its first grants amou

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'Fitting tribute' to Duffield's vision

April 21, 2016

London Mayor Boris Johnson has applauded JW3's "fantastic" contribution to London's cultural life.

In a written message to the Finchley Road centre's Life and Soul dinner, which raised £220,000, Mr Johnson described JW3 as "everything a community hub should be and a fitting tribute to the vision of [key funder] Dame Vivien Duffield, who I have worked with and admire".

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Home's appeal is all relative

April 21, 2016

Keeping it in the family, the Nightingale Hammerson Pesach appeal is being led by Jeffrey Galvan, son of Nightingale House resident Netta Galvan, 89.

Mr Galvan said that "Nightingale is a home from home for the residents. The first Pesach my mother spent in Nightingale was very different from usual. But it was also very special.

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Radlett rues delays to building

By Jay Grenby, April 21, 2016

Further setbacks to Radlett United's £1.8 million refurbishment and renovation have dashed hopes of completion of the shul in time for Pesach.

Members have put up with dirt, dust and inconvenience since work began in November 2013.

Services are being held in the adjoining communal hall, which was completed in 2014.

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Scrolly good Progressive show

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

One of the world's oldest Progressive Jewish communities has donated a Sefer Torah to one of the youngest.

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Benji gets 'lost' for the fundraiser of lifetime

April 21, 2016

It was "the hardest thing" 12-year-old Benji Albert has ever done. But his two-week trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu in Peru raised well over £4,000 for a UK cancer charity.

Benji's grandfather died from a rare form of blood cancer and he has since taken on a number of fundraising challenges.

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Idea above their stations

April 21, 2016

Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson and son Max did not let the train take the strain as they walked both branches of the Northern line to raise at least £3,000 split between Norwood and the Israeli Guide Dog Centre for the Blind.

They covered 29 miles over two days, finishing up at High Barnet on Monday.

"We slept like logs after 17 miles on day one," Mr Johnson said.

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Numbers up as Leeds free school defies the critics

By Simon Rocker, April 15, 2016

When the Leeds Jewish Free School opened with just eight pupils three years ago, the sceptics were already writing it off.

Articles in the press questioned why the government had pumped £3 million into a school with so few students.

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Caring husband's appealing story

By Josh Jackman, April 15, 2016

Jewish Care's Pesach appeal focuses on how its support enables an 87-year-old Redbridge man to continue to look after his wife, who has dementia and Parkinson's disease.

David and Yvonne Rein met at a Jewish club in Stamford Hill and recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

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