Community life

Lottery cash backs Shoah heritage centre in north

By John Fisher, March 26, 2015

The Leeds-based Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association has won initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a northern Holocaust heritage and learning centre.

Development funding of £59,700 has been awarded to help the HSFA progress its plans.


JBD gets go-ahead for £6m extension

March 26, 2015

Jewish Blind & Disabled has revealed plans for a £6 million extension to its latest property, Cecil Rosen Court in Bushey, which opened last summer.

Hertsmere Council planners have unanimously given the green light to the building of 19 additional flats on land currently occupied by one property, and part of another, at the back of the site.

The move was prompted by the huge demand for the


Birthright is set to go Progressive

By Josh Jackman, March 26, 2015

The Reform and Liberal movements are to host their first Israel tour with Birthright, open to those in their early to mid-twenties who have never been on an organised educational trip to the country.

Liberal Judaism young adult chaplain Rabbi Leah Jordan was confident that the movements would fill the 40 places for the 10-day programme in August.

"We are expecting this to be a very popular t


Fundraiser Gemma cycles into accolade territory

March 26, 2015

Hertfordshire 13-year-oldGemma Jacobson has received an award established in memory of Princess Diana for being a "fundraising champion" for special-needs education support.

The Haberdashers' Aske's pupil wrote hundreds of letters asking for sponsorship for a 200-mile cycle, completed in stages on a tandem with her sister, Talya, who has cerebral palsy, a severe visual impairment and learning


Emunah appeals for running total

March 26, 2015

Welfare charity Emunah is literally running a different Pesach appeal this year.


Mum's the word for Facebook hit

By Sandy Rashty, March 26, 2015

"How can I get my son to eat more fruit?" "Where are the best places to buy swimming costumes in winter?" "Which Jewish schools are you applying for?" "Do you know a good Mandarin teacher in north-west London?" "Which Jewish camps are the best?" "How much should I pay my cleaner?" "How much should I pay my nanny?"

These questions are a small sample of the topics raised on Top Tips 4 Mums, a Fac


'I cannot understand why prices are so high'

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

Shoppers preparing for Pesach in Golders Green are resigned to an eye-watering till receipt. It is not uncommon for those entertaining during the festival to spend a four-figure amount on food and drink.


Housing deal will secure the future of Ravenswood

By Barry Toberman, March 19, 2015

Norwood has revealed plans to ensure the long-term future of its Ravenswood village for the learning disabled through both a sale of land on the site for housing and the rebuilding of residents' properties.

Ten companies have entered bids for a housing development - including an element of social housing - on around 10 acres of the site in Crowthorne, Berkshire.


Limmud fans beat the jams

By Simon Rocker, March 19, 2015

Harrow Limmud's ambition in moving to a larger venue paid off as it attracted double the number who came to its last staging two years ago.

A sell-out attendance of 1,000 enjoyed a choice of 134 sessions covering food, film, football and much more at JFS's Kenton premises on Sunday.

"We were thrilled at how the event went," said organising team co-ordinator Helen Levy.

Participants were u


Rabbi says shoppers are being exploited

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

The principal rabbi of a major north-London Reform community attributes the high cost of Pesach items to Jews exploiting their brethren, arguing that the message of the festival is being lost amid the retail frenzy.

"I think a lot of people get lost in the consumerism of Pesach and forget the essence of it," says Finchley Reform's Rabbi Miriam Berger.

"If we're meant to be remembering the bi