Community life

Mitzvah Day good deeds

October 24, 2008

Ten thousand community members will be on charitable call on November 16 for the annual Mitzvah Day.

Founded in 2005 by Laura Marks, who had witnessed the success of a similar event in Los Angeles when she lived in America, it encourages participants to give their time rather than money and to help general, as well as Jewish causes. As organisers point out: "This is charity work for credit crunch times."

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Nursery times

By Jay Grenby, October 24, 2008

South London's first new Jewish educational establishment for nearly 15 years has opened in Kingston.

Shalom Nursery, a non-profit-making charity, is based at the local United Synagogue but is open to all Jewish children. It can accommodate up to 24 pupils.

Start-up costs were funded by the synagogue, local benefactors and educational philanthropist Benjamin Perl. The staff includes two Israeli teachers.

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Succah in the City

October 24, 2008

Legal firm Berwin Leighton Paisner hosted the UJIA business division's "Succah in the City" on the first working day after the festival.

The networking breakfast was addressed by Gary Shainberg, global technology and innovation vice-president of the BT Group, who also sits on the Israel Britain Business Council.

He discussed the link between innovation and philanthropy, pointing out that if innovation is applied to business, efficiency and revenue is increased, placing people in a better position to back charitable causes.

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Young charity star earns Palace visit

By Jay Grenby, October 24, 2008

Royal recognition of the efforts of a Borehamwood 12-year-old who raised over £23,000 for charities to mark her batmitzvah was an invitation to a Buckingham Palace party last week celebrating Blue Peter's 50th birthday. Dani Jacobson met the Queen and received a jubilee edition of the famous Blue Peter badge.

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Royal date for Youth Aliyah

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2008

Prince Edward will be the guest of honour at a St James's Palace dinner celebrating the 75th anniversary of Youth Aliyah Child Rescue next month.

The charity is co-hosting the November 5 event with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Association to coincide with the launch of the award scheme in five Israeli youth villages. The prince is chairman of the association's international council.

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Feds’ festive addition

By Simon Rocker, October 17, 2008

For the first time, the Federation of Synagogues has supervised sets of arba minim (lulav and etrog) for Succot.

The head of the Federation Beth Din, Dayan Yisroel Lichtenstein, travelled to Morocco recently with an inspector to examine etrogim and myrtle leaves.

"I was approached by a religious family called Tidghi," he said. "They live in France although part of the family still lives in Morocco, in Agadia, on the coast, and they are in the business of supplying etrogim."

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School shuls boost Elstree and Mill Hill

By Jay Grenby, October 17, 2008

Borehamwood and Elstree United is using the newly-opened synagogue at Yavneh College for weekly Friday night and occasional Shabbat morning services for a satellite minyan.

The move follows the signing of an agreement between the US and the school.

It is a further development of the Friday night minyan launched 18 months ago to serve members of the congregation who live on the southern side of its catchment area. Held in private homes, the services attracted a core congregation of two dozen.

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Scottish welfare assistance

October 17, 2008

Holocaust survivor and long-time welfare volunteer Judith Rosenberg has established a social work scholarship which will benefit Jewish Care Scotland.

The scholarship will support 25-year-old Naomi Adams-Strump as she studies for a BA in social work through the Open University while working for the charity.

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Manchester’s new synagogue

October 17, 2008

Cheshire Reform congregants were impressed by their new Menorah Synagogue on Altrincham Road, which contractors worked day and night to complete in time for Yom Kippur.

Glass panels in the roof allow natural light to flood into the central area where services are held. White walls and halogen spotlights also contribute to what the synagogue hails as "a truly modern place of worship".

Chairman Robert Shields said: "This shows the increasing popularity of Menorah in Manchester and the North-West."

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Pulpit crisis is solved by members

By Jay Grenby, October 17, 2008

Kingston United Synagogue congregants came to the rescue after the shul faced a Yom Kippur ministerial crisis.

The shul needed to fill the gap between the departure of Rabbi David Mason for the Muswell Hill pulpit at the end of August and the arrival of his successor, Rabbi Michael Rosenfield, in time for Succot.

With this in mind, the Kingston board had arranged a stand-in from Israel for Rosh Hashanah and Yom
Kippur.

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