Community life

US chooses VPs

August 21, 2014

Leonie Lewis and Russell Kett have been chosen as the new vice-presidents of the United Synagogue.

Until July, the posts were directly elected by members of the US council but, following constitutional changes introduced for last month's election, the vice-presidents are selected by their fellow trustees.

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Fifty and out

August 21, 2014

The rabbi of the Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue is retiring in January after nearly 50 years at its head.

Members have been told that a search committee has been set up to find a successor to Rabbi Pinchas Roberts, a member of the presiding rabbinate of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations.

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Butcher's shop makes the cut as monument

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 21, 2014

The frontage of a former kosher butcher's shop that supplied the Titanic is set to be preserved as a monument in Liverpool's city centre.

A £1.5 million redevelopment proposal by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, which bought the Galkoff's site, includes plans to painstakingly remove the shop-front's iconic green tiles and ironwork and reconstruct them as a free-standing sculpture.

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Stamford Hill school scores well with Ofsted inspectors

By Simon Rocker, August 21, 2014

A Chasidic girls' primary school in Stamford Hill has impressed Ofsted inspectors.

Bnos Zion of Bobov, an independent school for 158 girls aged from three to 12 serving the Bobov Chasidic community, was rated good after a visit from Ofsted, with the behaviour and care of pupils found to be outstanding.

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We're showing our solidarity with Israel

August 21, 2014

UK Jews took part in a wide-ranging solidarity mission in Israel this week, organised by UJIA to give community members the opportunity to convey their support in person.

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Finchley's new rabbi is 'excited' by challenge

August 14, 2014

Jeremy Lawrence has taken up his post as senior rabbi at Finchley Synagogue after nine years as chief minister of Sydney's Great Synagogue.

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Kieran gets the 'big ears' he's dreamed about

By Jay Grenby, August 14, 2014

Nine-year-old Bushey boy Kieran Sorkin was born deaf with just small lobes where his ears should have been. But he now has the "big ears" he has always wanted, created from the cartilage of his own ribs, and grafted on to his head in a seven-hour operation performed by surgeons at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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Boris pays tribute to Stamford Hill activist

August 14, 2014

Boris Johnson and other London political and police leaders visited the home of Stamford Hill activist Rabbi Osher Schapiro last Thursday to celebrate the work of his Kol Boniach charity, helping troubled teenage boys in London, Manchester and Gateshead.

Mr Johnson first encountered Rabbi Schapiro during the 2012 mayoral campaign and the two have since held private meetings.

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Clean break for veterans

August 14, 2014

Manchester welfare charity The Fed stepped into the breach when a Salford ex-servicemen's care home was without laundry services during essential work to its premises.

The Fed was asked for help by Broughton House, which provides nursing care for elderly war veterans. The charities had previously forged links over employment issues.

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Survivors meet Belsen liberator

August 14, 2014

Nine Holocaust Survivors Centre members had an emotional meeting with a Bergen-Belsen liberator at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock.

Gilbert King, 97, was introduced to the survivors - five of whom were in Bergen-Belsen - who recalled their memories of liberation. For Mr King, an abiding recollection was of someone he freed kissing his boots.

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