Community life

United Hebrew Congregation acquires a new succah

October 17, 2008

The United Hebrew Congregation has acquired a new succah, writes John Fisher.

The construction, managed by life-president Malcolm Berwin, has been financed by UHC members Marilyn and Grahame Stowe who have dedicated the succah in celebration of Israel's 60th anniversary as well as captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The construction has space for 150 people and has disabled access.

Mr Stowe said that the succah would be ideal for future youth activities.


Zimmers in vogue at JCC

October 17, 2008

Pensioners' pop ensemble, The Zimmers, will bring their distinctive musical musical brand to Hampstead Town Hall on Sunday week when they star in the Jewish Community Centre's "Big Sing-Off" concert.

The Zimmers were the creation of BBC Culture Show presenter Tim Samuels, who will host the concert. "It's nice for me to introduce them to the Jewish community," he said. "I am hopeful we may find some hidden talent through the workshops."




Whitehall celebration

October 17, 2008

The Jewish staff network within the Communities and Local Government department hosted its first-ever Rosh Hashanah event at its Central London premises. Over 30 people attended, including representatives from other ministry offices.

Marc Bernstein, from the CLG's extremism prevention division, said the idea had been "very well received". Rabbi Herschel Gluck, who officiated, said "it was a great opportunity for Jewish civil servants to get together".


Anger over £9m centre

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 17, 2008

Plans for a £9 million family centre in Salford have come under fire from strictly Orthodox local residents and a school over issues of security and religious sensitivity.

Salford Council is in negotiations with Jewish leaders after 50 residents turned out to protest against the proposed centre, known as The Hub, at a recent consultation meeting.


Nagler appointed Herts police chief

October 17, 2008

Former Hertsmere Mayor Stuart Nagler is the new chair of Hertfordshire Police Authority.

The Radlett United Synagogue congregant has been a police authority member for the past five years and the chairmanship gives him overall responsibility for policing services to the county's one million residents, including a growing Jewish population.

"This is a high profile and prestigious position," Mr Nagler told the JC, "and I am honoured to have been appointed to lead the authority through the challenging times ahead.


Students welcome state-of-the-art Hillel

By Simon Friend, October 17, 2008

A new era for Jewish student life in London was launched last week with the opening of a state-of-the-art Hillel in Euston.

Having been based in Endsleigh Street for over 50 years, the non-residential Hillel has long been a landmark for Jewish students in the capital, as well as one of the few kosher food options in the West End area. While the new premises in Euston Road, close to Upper Woburn Place, are only a few minutes walk away, a great deal has changed.


Ruislip gets Succah gift

By Jay Grenby, October 16, 2008

Ruislip Synagogue's new and larger succah was used for the first time this week.

The free-standing structure was a gift to the congregation from the family of Louis Kahn in memory of the popular medical practitioner, who died in August 2007.

Dr Kahn was a Ruislip member for more than 40 years and served for many years on the shul's management board. Welcoming the gift, a Ruislip representative added: "We hope it will serve us well for many years to come."


Alternative centre gets new Willesden home

By Simon Rocker, October 10, 2008

Moishe House, the London alternative community centre run by a group of young people in their home, has moved to another location in Willesden.

The new house, a few roads away from the previous premises, is closer to Brondesbury Synagogue, said Joel Stanley, one of the five housemates.

In the year it has been in operation, "we've had a 1,000 people pass through our door".


Board leads online review of women in the community

By Simon Rocker, October 10, 2008

A new survey into Jewish women was launched this week with an online questionnaire on the Board of Deputies website.

It is planned as a follow-up study to the 1994 review of women in the Jewish community conducted at the behest of Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

The head of the original review was Rosalind Preston, a former president of the National Council of Women, who has returned to oversee the project which this time will be carried out in partnership with the Board.


Cemetery is closed again

By John Fisher, October 10, 2008

Hilltop cemetery in Leeds has been closed to the public for a second time after Leeds City Council civil engineers classified the Gelderd Road site as dangerous.

Two years ago, the collapse of a grave and gravestone forced Leeds Jewish Orthodox Cemeteries to close the cemetery for repairs. Hilltop reopened in June 2007 with assurances about its safety. But further subsidence has created more dangerous conditions.