Community life

Darlings, you are all so wonderful

By James Martin, June 18, 2009

Joanna Lumley was the star attraction at the annual UJIA women’s appeal, praising the “family spirit” of the Jewish community.

The actress, best-loved for her role as Patsy Stone in the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, enthralled guests with anecdotes about her career before earning rapturous applause when she spoke about her recent successful campaign to allow Gurkha veterans to settle in Britain.

She described them as “wonderful, warm people, who I first met because my father served with them while stationed with the British army”.


Go-ahead for eruv in Stanmore

By Keren David, June 18, 2009

Orthodox Jews in Stanmore are celebrating Harrow Council's approval of an eruv for the area at its planning committee meeting last night.


Square deal for £2.5m schemes

By Ruth Rothenberg, June 11, 2009

Major projects requiring a £2.5 million expenditure were outlined to Belsize Square Synagogue members at the shul’s annual meeting.

An estimated £1.8 million rebuilding plan will open up the ground floor of the original vicarage house bought by the congregation 70 years ago into the adjacent 1950s-built synagogue. The enlarged area and extended gallery will allow the synagogue to house over 600 people for festival services, rather than have to move members out en masse to hired premises.


FZY voters select new look for centenary

June 11, 2009

Federation of Zionist Youth members went to the polls to choose a new movement logo to mark FZY’s 100th anniversary.

Over 400 votes were cast online, or through Facebook and Twitter. The winning design reflects the landmark anniversary, with an accom-panying tagline: “One movement, one family, 100 years”.


Immanuel still popular

By Leon Symons, June 11, 2009

The head of Anglo-Jewry's leading private Orthodox secondary school has allayed fears of a lessening in demand due to the credit crunch.
Philip Skelker said applications for Immanuel College in Bushey were “stacking up very satisfactorily for the autumn. It has been a slower process but we are recruiting well.

“However, we are seeing something unusual — Jewish children who have been attending private non-Jewish schools wanting to transfer to Immanuel in years eight and nine. If you take this into account, we are looking very healthy indeed.”


Jcore makes historical case for helping refugees

June 11, 2009

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality is urging community members to get involved in Refugee Week, which begins on Monday.


Big week for small scientists

June 11, 2009

Lord Winston lent expert support to a science week at North West London Jewish Day School in Brent.

The peer observed pupils’ mini-experiments, answered scientific questions and gave an illuminating presentation on the human brain using eggs and a pot of water.

Other activities included a show from the Science Museum outreach team and an interactive electricity exhibition.

Brent Council provided hands-on recycling workshops and the nursery children monitored the development of chicks in an incubator. Parental participation in the week was encouraged.


Best hummus is Iraqi-inspired

By James Martin, June 11, 2009

A 26-year-old trainee chef tasted victory in the second annual HummusFest staged by the Jewish Community Centre at Hampstead Town Hall on Sunday.

Tal Kedmy was one of 20 individuals and teams given 45 minutes to showcase their hummus-making skills using identical ingredients including chickpeas, tahina, parsley and olive oil.


In a league of their own

June 11, 2009

Two League of Jewish Women groups have been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, an accolade equivalent in status to an MBE.

The league’s North-West Region, covering Greater Manchester and the Fylde coast, has been recognised for its work with the Jewish and wider community, such as helping at hospitals, schools and care facilities. Headstart, a sub-group based at Manchester’s Christie Hospital, works to boost the morale of chemotherapy patients.

Regional vice-president Averill Moore said the 550-member organisation was “overwhelmed, thrilled and excited”.


Riding a rickshaw into record books

June 11, 2009

Two young fundraisers are planning a world record pedal-rickshaw ride in aid of grassroots development in India.

Simon Etkind and Lianna Hulbert, both 24, will be taking a circuitous 932-mile route from Lands End to Lowestoft to meet the Guinness Book of Records’ requirement of a minimum 1,500 kilometres distance. They aim to complete their summer adventure in 24 days, using Shabbat for recuperation.