Community life

Norwood’s Young People’s Focus Group

September 3, 2009

THERE WERE 40 participants in a sports day organised by Norwood’s Young People’s Focus Group at the Leonard Sainer Children and Family Centre in Barkingside. Events included football, cricket, basketball, athletics, crazy golf and short tennis. The day was open to members of Unity, Norwood’s recreational service for children and young people with learning disabilities, and the charity’s respite care service, Buckets and Spades.


Congregation of Jacob

September 3, 2009

THE CONGREGATION of Jacob has completed repair work to the frontage of its Commercial Road synagogue thanks to a £5,000 grant from the Veolia Environmental Trust. A phased restoration project which started in 2001 has also included work on the ladies’ gallery and the creation of an area for study and communal events. Members have raised over £30,000 towards the improvements.


Edgware shuls choir

By Jay Grenby, September 3, 2009

An Edgware cross-community male choir is busily rehearsing for its first public performances.

Founder member Stephen Ison says the 20 men and 10 boy ensemble will provide “a sound with a real wow factor”. A joint venture between the Edgware United, Yeshurun and Adath communities, the choir will also be available to sing at other Orthodox synagogues within walking distance. Yeshurun warden Colin Dworkin will be the conductor.


Shoah survivor dies at 84

August 27, 2009

Scottish MSP Stewart Maxwell has led the tributes to prominent Holocaust survivor Reverend Ernest Levy, who has died at the age of 84.

Mr Levy survived Auschwitz and Belsen. Moving to Scotland in 1961, he was cantor of the Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue. He also wrote movingly about his Shoah experiences.

The MSP recalled him as “remarkable and inspiring. He will be remembered for his educational work but also as a man of great faith and decency.”


Child bravery to be recognised

August 27, 2009

A new awards programme for Jewish children will be launched by Dame Gail Ronson next week.

Camp Simcha and Jewish Child’s Day will be making the awards to recognise extraordinary achievement, bravery under difficult circumstances, acts of kindness and contribution to the community.

Dame Ronson will be chairing the judging panel, also including JC editor Stephen Pollard, LBC broadcaster Nick Ferrari and Manchester Jewish Federation chief executive Karen Phillips.


Cross-communal school courts the youth vote

August 27, 2009

In a new departure, potential pupils of the cross-communal Jewish Community Secondary School due to open in Barnet in September 2010 are being sent a mini-prospectus.

The booklet-style guide assures children that JCoSS will not be scary because “everybody will be new, even the teachers. You’ll be there from the beginning, helping to shape the school.”


Kisharon may be moving

By Robyn Rosen, August 27, 2009

Special needs facility Kisharon has merged the management of its nursery and day school.

And the new principal, Rabbi Yitzchak Freeman, has revealed that the Kisharon Day School in Temple Fortune and the Golders Green-based Tuffkid nursery may be on the move.


A picture of contentment at RSY-Netzer camp

August 27, 2009

RSY-Netzer has enjoyed its most successful summer programme with over 700 young people participating in activities including Shemesh camps and an Israel tour.

“We are delighted we have been able to involve so many people in a Jewish experience which will stay with them forever,” said RSY-Netzer secretary Daniel Lichman.

In the difficult financial climate, applications for bursaries rose by almost half and an appeal raised £13,000-plus towards financial assistance for 83 participants.


The Edinburgh Festival comes to synagogue

By Stephanie Brickman, August 27, 2009

The Edinburgh Festival came to the local Hebrew congregation on Sunday when the fourth annual festival open day was staged at the Jewish Community Centre.

One hundred locals and visitors turned up to watch performances and interviews with 40 festival stars with a
Jewish connection.

Entertainment ranged from Time Keepers, an award-winning drama from Israel, to septuagenarian American comedienne Lynn Ruth Miller.


He's got the world on his plinth

By Jessica Elgot, August 27, 2009

A former JFS geography teacher put his expertise to use to raise £1,200 for children’s charity Camp Simcha when taking his place on Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth last Friday.

Richard Beach, 40, from Radlett, drew a map of the world from memory and offered passers-by in Trafalgar Square the opportunity to have their name on a sponsored location.

“Most people picked special places to them in the UK and Israel, but we did have a few strange ones,” he