Community life

Shoah survivors watch given to HET

By Robyn Rosen, October 29, 2009

The poignant history of a watch hidden by Holocaust survivors at Bergen Belsen and later given to a liberating soldier has been revealed during a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.

Holocaust Educational Trust chief executive Karen Pollock received the watch (pictured) in the presence of Commons Speaker John Bercow and Tory MP Dr Julian Lewis. It had been donated by Elizabeth Barnes, 79, of Hythe, Hampshire, whose late father Ronald Cowles had bought it from the soldier over 60 years ago.


Legacy of bomb victim

October 22, 2009

The brother of Yoni Jesner, the British student killed in a suicide bombing in Israel seven years ago, was among the speakers at an educational evening in Yoni’s memory at the BA headquarters in Temple Fortune.


Euro star aids Israel

October 22, 2009

Northern Irish MEP Diane Dodds has pledged to do all in her power “to protect Israel and her people” having been appointed to the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with Israel.

“Israel is the only functioning democracy in the Middle East,” said the Democratic Unionist. “The European Union has a moral, as well as political duty, to support her.”

Mrs Dodds will work closely with pro-Israel groups in Europe including Northern Ireland Friends of Israel.


Child's Day cashing in on unrestricted gains

October 22, 2009

Jewish Child’s Day has bucked a recessionary trend by reporting a 20 per cent rise in unrestricted income for its latest financial year.

The £775,000 in this category can be put by the charity to towards children’s agencies which meet its applications criteria. Restricted income is from trusts which specify the agencies which can benefit.

Treasurer Stephen Moss reported on a challenging year for JCD. “But despite the financial turmoil, our overall appeal income [£968,000] came to within six per cent of the previous year, which was a major achievement.”


Snake charmer from Technion

October 22, 2009

Israeli robotics expert Dr Alon Wolf captivated student audiences in London with explanations of pioneering futuristic systems developed at the Technion in Haifa, where he is director of the biorobotics and biomechanics lab.

As well as addressing JFS and King’s College London groups, Dr Wolf — who visited under the aegis of the British Technion Society — gave a lecture at the Royal Institution on robots deployed on search and rescue missions. These include snake-like mechanisms which imitate real-life snake locomotion.


Nicely judged tribute

October 22, 2009

City of London Magistrates Court was packed with legal representatives to mark the retirement of Diana Black after 38 years as a magistrate.

Mrs Black was first appointed at the age of 32 in Harrogate. She transferred to the City bench when her husband Judge Barrington Black, the Western Marble Arch Synagogue president, took up his appointment in London.

It is believed that she was the country’s longest serving magistrate and her last case involved a £39 million VAT fraud.


Kingdom restored

By Robyn Rosen, October 22, 2009

A major north London kosher supermarket has held its official reopening more than a year after a fire destroyed 50 per cent of the building.

Kosher Kingdom in Golders Green celebrated its return to business with live music, clowns, wine-tasting and free refreshments.

Manager David Rokach said the store now stocked hundreds of extra products, including more health and American items. An electrical fault caused the blaze, which was tackled by over 50 firefighters.


Reconciled in Lincoln

By Cathy Forman, October 22, 2009

The unveiling of a plaque at Lincoln Cathedral commemorates the blood libel of 1255, when 18 Lincoln Jews were hanged having been falsely accused of the ritual murder of a local boy.

Kaddish for the hanged Jews was also recited at a service at the shrine of Little Hugh, who was venerated as a saint. The wording on the plaque records that when the boy’s tomb was opened in 1791, the body bore no signs of mutilation.

The 200 people at the service were addressed by Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich on “A Jewish view of Jesus”.


'Flash' dance steps up WJR profile

By Ben Jaglom, October 22, 2009

A flashmob-style event drew World Jewish Relief supporters young and old to the 02 Centre in Finchley Road for a dance and promotional extravaganza.

They had responded to a viral marketing campaign urging them to turn up at the venue at a specified hour and to bring along good-as-new warm clothes or unopened toiletries.

Volunteers were treated to a wintry-themed performance by young local group Dancing With Louise to the appropriate strains of Ice Ice Baby and Cold As Ice.


Bloom's job case verdict

By Leon Symons, October 22, 2009

The last link with the family that established Bloom’s kosher restaurants has won an employment tribunal against Bloom’s current owner.

Jonathan Tapper had been manager at the restaurant in Golders Green and then at the branch in Edgware. He lost his job last year, prior to the Edgware restaurant closing in December.