Community life

Hasmo head moving on

December 18, 2014

Hasmonean High executive head Rabbi David Meyer is leaving the school to become executive director of Partnerships for Jewish Schools next month.

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UJIA supporters make their true identity clear

December 18, 2014

Some £83,000 was raised by the 130 volunteers who manned phones in London and Glasgow for UJIA's Super Sunday.

The theme of the event was the charity's promotion of Jewish identity in difficult times.

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Maccabi taking charge of Kenton youth centre

December 18, 2014

The management of Kenton youth and community centre Kulanu will be taken over by Maccabi GB from January 1.

Home to Kenton Maccabi and a number of other youth groups for over 30 years, the 9,000 sq ft building incorporates a sports hall, large meeting spaces and conference facilities.

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Essex unites

December 18, 2014

Two mergers involving Essex and east London congregations were this week ratified by the United Synagogue council.

Members of the Clayhall and Newbury Park shuls voted overwhelmingly for merger last month and their combined community will be known as Redbridge United Synagogue.

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Leeds takes pride in unsung heroes

By John Fisher, December 18, 2014

The heroes, often unsung, of Leeds Jewry were recognised at the community's annual Pride awards, held at the Etz Chaim Synagogue and attended by 270 people.

Shaliach Or Nehushtan, praised for strengthening identity with Israel, picked up male personality award.

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Emunah hosts Israelis

December 18, 2014

Fifteen residents of the Emunah children's home in Afula were hosted by north-west London families during a UK visit which included outings to the Natural History Museum and a winter wonderland.

Emunah director Deborah Nathan said that many of the 11-to-16-year-olds had not travelled beyond Israel before.

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Educating Carlisle

December 18, 2014

Close on 1,000 people, mostly schoolchildren, visited the Carlisle staging of the Board of Deputies' Jewish Living Exhibition at Tullie House Museum.

The exhibition, supported by Carlisle City Council, was opened by Board vice-president Jonathan Arkush, who has a house nearby.

He said it was a key role of the Board "to help non-Jews gain a better understanding of our religion and traditions

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Hunt is impressed by high-tech Donisthorpe

By John Fisher, December 18, 2014

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt visited Leeds residential home Donisthorpe to gain an understanding of pioneering technology geared to facilitating more personalised care.

Donisthorpe is piloting a system developed by Yorkshire firm TPP allowing electronic access to residents' medical records.

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Pupils play their cards right for soldiers

December 18, 2014

As part of Armistice Day-related studies, Mosaic Jewish Primary pupils visited the nearby Wimbledon war memorial, where they were told about Jewish soldier Paul Mervis, who was killed on foot patrol in Afghanistan in 2009.

Moved by his story, pupils have produced festive cards for members of Lieutenant Mervis's battalion, the 2 Rifles, who are still serving in Afghanistan.

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Beth Din names lawyer

By Simon Rocker, December 11, 2014

An arbitration lawyer with a leading City of London firm has been appointed to a new position at the London Beth Din to help manage divorce cases.

Joanne Greenaway will take up the role of case worker at the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis's rabbinic court, which deals with 110 to 120 divorce cases annually.

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