Community life

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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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.

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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."

 

 

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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".

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