Community life

‘Serious concerns’ over school proposal

By Jay Grenby, August 8, 2008

A contentious planning application for the redevelopment of the Edgware Jewish Primary School site in Hale Lane was this week withdrawn at the request of Barnet Council.

In a statement to the JC on Wednesday, the council said it had "raised some serious concerns around the proposal in its current state. We are very keen to continue to work with the applicant to find a satisfactory outcome."


Stamford Hill bakery closes

By Craig Silver, August 8, 2008

One of the oldest bakeries in Stamford Hill will shut up shop today.

Ross Kosher Bakery has served the local community for over 50 years and been a family-run business for 20. But now owner Leslie Cantor has decided to retire.

Shop manager Ellie Cantor, 34, who has been working with his father for 10 years, said the day would be an emotional one for the family. "It really is the end of an era for us, but my family and I feel the time is right to make the next step.


Like father, like son at Northwood shul

August 8, 2008

Son will replace father as the spiritual head of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue tomorrow when Rabbi Aaron Goldstein is inducted as senior minister.

As the 38-year-old rabbi takes charge, his father, Rabbi Andrew Goldstein, will become emeritus minister. At the same service, Rabbi Hillel Athias-Robles will be inducted as assistant minister.


Museum recruits top curator

August 8, 2008

London's Jewish Museum has recruited an Israeli expert as its new curator for Judaica.

Sarah Harel Hoshen has been working for the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Tel Aviv, where her roles have included acting chief curator and director of changing exhibitions. She has also served the Israel Museum and the Jerusalem City Museum. She will succeed Jennifer Marin, who is retiring after 20 years.


Leeds Jewish Welfare Board charity shop surpasses target by £30k

By John Fisher, August 8, 2008

Known locally as "the Harrods of charity shops", Leeds Jewish Welfare Board's store has raised over £100,000 in its first year of trading, surpassing its target figure by £30,000.

Located in Moortown, in the heart of the Jewish community, the success of "thewellfairshop" has not totally surprised its organisers. Manager Andrina Calvert said: "I always had faith that the shop would do well here and I cannot praise my volunteers enough."


Winehouse and Levy enjoy a break with the brigade

August 8, 2008

Amy Winehouse's father Mitch spent a nostalgic few hours among old Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade comrades when he was a guest at the JLGB summer camp open day in Essex last Thursday.

Mr Winehouse was one of the former brigade members invited to lunch by camp commanding officer Gill Geisler, who said he had a great time reminiscing and watching the open day parade. "It was nice for him to have a day off with his old friends. I made a point of not pressing him about Amy but I did ask him how she was and he said she was fine."


Policemen respond to shul’s call

By Jessica Ware, August 8, 2008

Thirty-seven police officers and staff went to shul last week for a day of training in Jewish cultural awareness.

The New London Synagogue, St John's Wood, hosted the event, which Acting Sergeant Dan Finn, St John's Wood's faith liaison officer, said "went very well. Everyone enjoyed it and a few people said how all police officers should attend this training."


Britain hosts Windows Israel-Palestine summer camp

By Rachel Fletcher, August 1, 2008

A summer camp bringing Israeli and Palestinian teenagers together has been held in Britain for the first time.

Edinburgh's Merchiston Castle School was the venue for the two-week camp for Tel Aviv-based cohesion project Windows for Peace - Channels for Communication.

Fifteen 13-16-year-olds took part - six Jews and nine Palestinians, among them Christians and Muslims.


Sarah Brown meets JLGB

By Jessica Ware, August 1, 2008

Thirty members of the Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade's Israel tour spent an afternoon with Gordon Brown's wife Sarah in Jerusalem last week.

Mrs Brown, who accompanied the Prime Minister on his Israel trip, met the JLGB group on the steps of the King David Hotel. She shared her impressions of Israel and heard about the brigade party's tour experiences during a question-and-answer interchange.


Silverman is high on the Radlett Rayder

By Jessica Ware, August 1, 2008

A former Immanuel College head girl is the new head of Radlett Synagogue's 175-pupil cheder, Rayder.

Leah Silverman, 25, replaces Suzy Jaeger, who will be taking up a post with the nursery at Edgware Jewish Primary School. Mrs Jaeger has been with Rayder for seven of its nine years, serving as head for the last three.

She was presented with a silver seder plate at a ceremony on the last day of term attended by pupils and community leaders including Rabbi Ariel Abel.