Community life

Rabbi rocks for Scots

December 18, 2008

Danny Bergson is the new rabbi of Glasgow’s Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation, filling the vacancy created by the move of Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch to the Woodside Park community in North London.

It is the first ministerial appointment for Rabbi Bergson, who has been director of Ignite the Soul, providing events for young adults across Manchester. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and plays guitar in a rock band.

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Tales from Lipman’s life

December 18, 2008

Maureen Lipman proved a star attraction for the New North London Synagogue as an evening of anecdotes at the Inner Temple raised over £18,000 for shul funds and other charities.

Before an audience of 240, Ms Lipman spoke without notes for almost 90 minutes, covering her upbringing, Judaism, acting career and marriage to the late playwright, Jack Rosenthal.

Her appearance fulfilled a pledge to close friend and NNLS member Elaine Paradise, with whom she went to school in Hull.

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Signing on at Edgware Adath building site

By Jay Grenby, December 18, 2008

Gathering in the echoing vault of the gutted former church that is to be Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation’s new home, 200 adults and children saw minister Rabbi Zvi Lieberman lay the foundation stone for the shul’s Ark. They also signed their names on bricks which will be incorporated into the Ark’s structure.

The congregation hopes to move into the £1.1 million synagogue in June. The site is opposite the shul’s former Hale Lane premises, where work is soon to commence on a new Edgware Jewish Primary school and nursery.

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Children love ‘Toys R rush’

December 18, 2008

Forty youngsters fulfilled a dream project on Sunday — spending an hour in Toys R Us in Brent Cross with a £4,000 budget.

They were helping to spend the proceeds of the Norwood Toy Sweep committee’s fundraising events on Chanucah presents for the charity’s young clients. They were also each given a £12 voucher to buy a Chanucah gift of their choice. Parent Yael Blatter said: “It’s been amazing to have Toys R Us to ourselves. My daughter has enjoyed every minute of the toy sweep.”

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Euro stars at 50

December 18, 2008

A book has been published to commemorate 50 years of the Conference of European Rabbis. The Conference of European Rabbis 1957-2007 has been written by a former conference director, Rabbi Moshe Rose, who now lives in Israel. It includes profiles of prominent rabbis involved and reprints of their statements on significant issues.

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Be proud of your roots, says Lord Levy

By Craig Silver, December 18, 2008

Lord Levy urged King Solomon High pupils to be proud of their roots and to “never hide the fact you are Jewish” when he addressed the Redbridge school’s prize day last Thursday.

The Jewish Care president and former Labour Party chief fundraiser told his audience: “I am very proud to be at the House of Lords but I am even prouder to go to synagogue and be around my own people.”

He added: “We have some fantastic schools in Anglo-Jewry and one I am very proud of is King Solomon. I think students are very lucky to have a good secular education combined with Jewish education.”

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Golders Green gets Israeli market

December 16, 2008

North-West London shoppers have been flocking to an Israeli street market in Golders Green which opened on Sunday.

Organised by the Zionist Federation, A Taste of Israel in Finchley Road, Temple Fortune, has offered a variety of Israeli food, arts and crafts and jewellery. Among the 34 stalls is one from the JC.

The aim has been partly to promote Israel among the wider community and as well as those browsing for Chanucah presents, the market has attracted many Christmas gift-buyers.

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Olympic hopefuls

December 11, 2008

A Jewish support group has been invited on to the London 2012 Forum for the Olympics, which met for the first time this week at the Olympic headquarters in Canary Wharf.

The Jewish Committee for the London Games includes representation from Maccabi, UJIA and the London Jewish Forum.

Committee chair Adrian Cohen said: “This is a real opportunity for all communities in London to join in with one of the greatest events on earth. This growing coalition will help to create sporting, cultural and education programmes.”

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Fireman saves scrolls in Manchester shul blaze

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 11, 2008

A fire crew commander has been praised for rescuing three Sifrei Torah from a blaze at a small Charedi shul in North Manchester on Sunday night.

It was around midnight when emergency services were alerted by a neighbour to a blaze at the Apta building, a converted terraced house on Welbeck Grove in Salford. Shul members who gathered outside explained to fire-fighters that important religious articles were inside. Fireman Patrick Walsh re-entered the building to retrieve the scrolls.

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Salary freeze at Reform

December 11, 2008

The Reform movement has deferred pay increases for staff for six months because of the economic situation. Salary rises have been postponed from the beginning of January until July.

Movement head Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield told its quarterly council meeting on Monday that although some donors had been badly affected by the financial crisis, others had offered additional support

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