Community life

Cancer care for north

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 13, 2008

Chai Cancer Care is joining forces with Manchester welfare charity, the Fed, to set up its first satellite service outside of London. A Manchester branch is expected to open in early 2009, but some counselling and therapeutic services could be on offer within weeks.

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Zemel remembers Kristallnacht in song

By Leon Symons, November 6, 2008

The Zemel Choir will be taking part in a special concert to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht at Belsize Square synagogue in north west London on Sunday evening.

The Zemel will be joined by the Polyphonies Hébraïques de Strasbourg, a 40-strong mixed choir that is based in the Jewish studies and Hebrew department of the Marc Bloch University of Strasbourg.

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Bournemouth deli whets appetites

November 6, 2008

Without a kosher shop for the past year, Bournemouth Jews are to have a new source of kosher provisions.

A shop initially opening on Thursdays and Fridays will be based at the Normandie Hotel on Bournemouth's East Cliff, the area where many of the town's 2,000 Jews reside.

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Shul services for City’s Lord Mayor

November 6, 2008

Ian Luder takes office today as the 681st Lord Mayor of the City of London, in advance of Saturday's Lord Mayor's Show.

The tax accountant and City businessman is a member of West London (Reform) Synagogue, where a "service of unity" to mark his election is being held today.

A Shabbat morning service will be staged at the Guildhall for Jews involved in the traditional Lord Mayor's procession through the streets of London. Both services will be conducted by Reform Judaism head Rabbi Tony Bayfield, whom Mr Luder has chosen as his chaplain.

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Anti-racist warning

November 6, 2008

More than 100 MPs have signed an Early Day Motion marking the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, on which the Nazis smashed windows of Jewish premises in Germany and Austria.

The motion declares that "Kristallnacht should remind us all that evil must always confronted forcefully". It also applauds the work of organisations such as the Holocaust Educational Trust in teaching new generations about the consequences of unchallenged racism.

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Special needs support

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2008

Parents struggling to place special needs children in appropriate education will soon be able to access a free national Jewish consultancy service.

The facility is being provided by Cheshire-based Jewish special needs school Delamere Forest, which says it will offer advice regardless of where callers live and which school their child attends.

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Lenny Henry plays it straight on drugs

November 6, 2008

Comedian Lenny Henry raised some serious issues when he addressed the third annual dinner of Drugsline on Monday at the Millennium Hotel in London's West End.

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JCoSS gets the crowds

November 6, 2008

Over 600 parents and prospective pupils attended the first promotional days for the cross-commual JCoSS secondary school due to open in 2010.

The majority attended on Sunday, when there were queues outside the site of the future JCoSS buildings in Barnet. They were able to take a virtual tour created from architects' drawings and hear governors' chair Robert Shrager outline the school's aims.

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Shekel rate adds to strain on charities

By Jay Grenby, November 6, 2008

Charities raising funds for Israeli causes have more than the credit crunch to contend with. Around a 25 per cent fall in exchange rates means that funds generated are worth considerably less in Israeli currency.

"We are presently getting a lot fewer shekels for our pounds than hitherto," reported Alison Rosen, executive director of Wizo UK, which supports welfare and educational projects in Israel. "This effectively reduces the amount of money we can send and we therefore need to raise more than ever to maintain even the same level of support."

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Fire repairs for kosher restaurant

November 6, 2008

Manchester kosher restaurant JS is to get a makeover after a fire destroyed one of its kitchens.

A major clean-up operation followed the fire, which forced the closure of the restaurant's second floor. It is thought an overheating oven sparked the blaze.

Restaurant owner Michael Issler spoke of plans to redevelop the burnt-out area. "We're not reinstating the kitchen but are looking at options to expand our upstairs function room and restaurant. We hope to begin redevelopment at the start of next year."

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