Community life

Lord Levy praise for Liverpool school

March 25, 2010

Lord Levy said this week that Liverpool's King David High, with its mix of Jewish and non-Jewish pupils, was an example to wider society.

Addressing the King David speech day on Tuesday, Lord Levy told over 1,000 students, parents, staff and special guests: "We live in a society where our differences often divide us. But you, students of this fine school, not only understand those differences, you blur the differences that exist in our society."


Jewish leaders tour site for Olympics 2012

March 25, 2010

Community leaders from 15 organisations toured the Olympic Park site in a visit organised by the Jewish Committee for the London Games.

UJIA, Maccabi, Mitzvah Day, United Synagogue, Movement for Reform Judaism, Board of Deputies and Community Security Trust representatives were among those shown the new stadium, the aquatic centre and Olympic village.

Guests were also shown the relocated premises of the H Forman, the renowned smoked salmon firm which had to move off the site. Its new complex is just outside the park area.


JFS row teacher is key JCoSS appointment

By Leon Symons, March 25, 2010

JFS head of English Kate Lightman, whose daughter was refused entry to the school in a row over conversion, has been appointed to a senior post at the new Jewish Community Secondary School, JCoSS.

Mrs Lightman will be assistant head with responsibility for English at JCoSS, which opens in Barnet in September. She has taught at JFS for more than 20 years.

In 2005, she and her husband David applied for a place for their daughter Maya but were turned down because the London Beth Din rejected Mrs Lightman's conversion in Israel.


Norwood's Pesach appeal

March 25, 2010

Norwood is putting a price on its work as it attempts to generate £100,000 from its Pesach appeal.

In a financial breakdown to supporters, the charity points out that £18 will buy a specialist toy for children with learning disabilities, £75 will fund a day at Unity, Norwood's recreational service for young people with disabilities and £500 will enable a child with learning difficulties to enjoy a residential holiday.

Chief executive Norma Brier said Pesach was a time when Jews were encouraged to "welcome the stranger into their lives.


Jewish Care appeal for mezuzot for new campus

March 25, 2010

Jewish Care is using its Pesach appeal to make a dent in the £4 million shortfall for its £44 million care campus in Golders Green, due to open in the summer.

The charity is looking to raise £250,000, covering items such as 1,000 mezuzot, costing £50,000, for the 160,000 sq ft site.

"The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus is part of our vision for the future," said Jewish Care chief executive Simon Morris. "It will offer the community a network of care and support services fit for the 21st century."


Leeds Rep Council Chief's bid to attract young to city

March 25, 2010

Leeds Jewish Representative Council's new president Hilton Lorie is making it his priority to convince young Jews that the city is a good place to live. "We have a strategy to try to attract people to Leeds," he said after Sunday's annual meeting.

There had been a good response to the council's appeal to local families for a voluntary £3 monthly levy to help fund the post of a community development officer. "We now need to find a high calibre person to take up the post." The search will be spearheaded by Robert Bartfield, who was involved in the "Leeds Jewish Future" research project.


Kisharon bikes wins police contract

March 25, 2010

A police contract is an arresting development for a practical support venture by special needs charity Kisharon.

Bus Stop Bikes, Kisharon's sales and repair shop in Church Road, Hendon, has secured a deal to service all police bicycles within the borough of Barnet. The shop - providing employment and training opportunities for adults with learning disabilities - will service around 50 bicycles twice a year and will also carry out repairs.


Liberal Judaism's new haggadah

By Simon Rocker, March 25, 2010

Liberal Judaism has published a new haggadah, its first revision for nearly 30 years.

Co-edited by Rabbi Pete Tobias of the Liberal Synagogue Elstree and Rabbi Aaron Goldstein of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, it continues the trend towards greater traditionalism with more biblical and rabbinic material than its 1981 predecessor.

Among innovative features are references to contemporary forms of slavery such as children's sweatshops and the trafficking of women for the sex trade.


Jewish Child's Day donors thanked

March 25, 2010

Major Jewish Child's Day donors were told about the good their money was doing at a reception in central London.

JCD chair Joy Moss said that thanks to their support, the charity had progressed from an annual collection to a year-round operation awarding £350,000 in grants to Jewish children in need.

Executive director Daniel Burger outlined new initiatives, including a leadership programme culminating in a visit to a JCD project in Turkey.


Matzah is back at 29p at Tesco

By Robyn Rosen, March 25, 2010

Tesco has restored its lowest priced matzah to 29p a box after briefly raising the price to 59p. It has pledged to keep the Israeli matzah at 29p until the end of Pesach.

A spokesman explained: "We work hard to keep prices down for customers across the store and prices do change from time to time."

Kosher store bosses have accused Tesco of taking their custom through loss-leading offers.