Community life

Blears launches £7.5m interfaith partnership

By Leon Symons, July 25, 2008

A three-year £7.5 million interfaith project that will put Jewish communities throughout England into closer contact with other faith groups has been launched by Communities and Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears.

Framework for Partnership will bring faiths together at regional and local level to enhance services to their communities.

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Blooms wins bills dispute

By Leon Symons, July 25, 2008

Blooms kosher restaurant has been exonerated in a dispute over bills with Kelmans, the North London kosher butcher.

The case was heard by the London Beth Din in May. Now LBD registrar David Frei has written to Blooms that “allegations made against you... were proven to be unfounded”.

Blooms managing director Kitty Rudolf said: “I am very pleased this has been settled.”

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Liverpool schools scheme backed

By Craig Silver, July 25, 2008

A £26 million scheme to rehouse the Liverpool King David schools has been accepted by the city’s planning committee after councillors visited the site.

The “super school” will be built on King David’s playing fields. A kindergarten and the Harold House Jewish community centre will also move into the Childwall Road premises. Up to 25 homes will be erected on the site of the current school buildings.

King David High governors’ chair Max Steinberg welcomed the outline planning approval.

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Chief’s projects head is to lead volunteers

By Simon Rocker, July 25, 2008
Leonie Lewis, the Chief Rabbi's projects director, is leaving his office after a year-and-a-half to become the first chief executive of the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN).

The former head of the United Synagogue's Community Development Group - who was number 69 in this year's JC Power 100 - will also be undertaking consultancy work for the US and the London School of Jewish Studies.

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Friends offer a share dividend to Radlett youth

By Jay Grenby, July 25, 2008

Radlett Synagogue's first full-time youth director's post will be a job-share between long-time friends who will combine the appointment with their university studies.

Twenty-year-olds Ronen Gordon and Daniel Finn have both just completed gap years studying at yeshivah in Israel. Before that, they were leading lights in Bnei Akiva. Ronen will be taking medical studies at Barts, Daniel will study international politics at City University.

They start the Radlett post in September and will live in the shul-owned house next to the synagogue.

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A rocket from Sderot

By Alexandra Abrams, July 18, 2008

A group of 19- to 24-year-olds from Sderot brought an unusual gift to their South Hampstead Synagogue hosts — the shell of a Kassam rocket fired at their town in 2003.

The rocket shell, taken to London with Israeli government permission, was placed on the synagogue entrance table on Shabbat. “It stunned congregants to silence,” reported Alexandra Maurice, chair of the Hineni committee, under whose auspices the young Israelis visited. It was a “stark and real” reminder of the daily threat to Sderot residents.

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School in a spot over parking plans

By Jessica Elgot, July 18, 2008

Staff and parents at Edgware’s Menorah Foundation Primary are upset over Barnet Council’s revised controlled-parking-zone proposals for Burnt Oak.

Initial plans included Abbots Road, where the school is located, prompting complaints that it would be impossible for parents of the 230 pupils to drop and collect them safely.

Although the amended proposals leave Abbots Road just outside the zone, Menorah bursar Hilary Krotosky fears that commuter parking will “clutter up the road from beginning to end of the school day”, creating further problems.

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KD girls’ change of top

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 18, 2008

Manchester’s King David High is to change its girls’ summer uniform because pupils say the blouse can be see-though. A navy-striped shirt will replace the current white summer top next year.

Girls have been wearing the school jumper over the KD blouse.

Fifteen-year-old Sigalle Khan was impressed by the intended replacement. “It means you can take your jumper off in the summer when it gets too hot. I think everyone will get used to it.”

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Edgware seeks assistant

By Jay Grenby, July 18, 2008

The 1,500-member Edgware United Synagogue is looking for a full-time assistant minister to provide support for Rabbi David Lister, who joined at the beginning of the year.

As well as helping Rabbi Lister in his day-to-day pastoral work, the new recruit would be expected to develop student and adult-education programmes and, in conjunction with Tribe, take responsibility for the synagogue’s various youth programmes.

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Leaders to make aliyah

July 18, 2008

Four leaders of Zionist youth movement Habonim Dror are setting an example to the rank-and-file by making aliyah.

Dan Filson, Dan Conn, Tash Abramson and Deborah Brown plan to start an “urban kibbutz” in Tel Aviv. Mancunian Mr Filson, a 23-year-old Leeds University graduate, said he was motivated “to help Israel become the best country it can be”.

Mr Conn, 23, also from Manchester, is planning a more ambitious journey — a sponsored cycle to raise money for Darfur refugees in Israel.

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