Community life

Ruislip gets Succah gift

By Jay Grenby, October 16, 2008

Ruislip Synagogue's new and larger succah was used for the first time this week.

The free-standing structure was a gift to the congregation from the family of Louis Kahn in memory of the popular medical practitioner, who died in August 2007.

Dr Kahn was a Ruislip member for more than 40 years and served for many years on the shul's management board. Welcoming the gift, a Ruislip representative added: "We hope it will serve us well for many years to come."


Alternative centre gets new Willesden home

By Simon Rocker, October 10, 2008

Moishe House, the London alternative community centre run by a group of young people in their home, has moved to another location in Willesden.

The new house, a few roads away from the previous premises, is closer to Brondesbury Synagogue, said Joel Stanley, one of the five housemates.

In the year it has been in operation, "we've had a 1,000 people pass through our door".


Board leads online review of women in the community

By Simon Rocker, October 10, 2008

A new survey into Jewish women was launched this week with an online questionnaire on the Board of Deputies website.

It is planned as a follow-up study to the 1994 review of women in the Jewish community conducted at the behest of Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

The head of the original review was Rosalind Preston, a former president of the National Council of Women, who has returned to oversee the project which this time will be carried out in partnership with the Board.


Cemetery is closed again

By John Fisher, October 10, 2008

Hilltop cemetery in Leeds has been closed to the public for a second time after Leeds City Council civil engineers classified the Gelderd Road site as dangerous.

Two years ago, the collapse of a grave and gravestone forced Leeds Jewish Orthodox Cemeteries to close the cemetery for repairs. Hilltop reopened in June 2007 with assurances about its safety. But further subsidence has created more dangerous conditions.


Shul leader suffers fatal Yomtov heart attack

October 10, 2008

Harrogate Synagogue member Sandy Royston died of a heart attack after the morning service on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. He collapsed in the street close to the shul.

The London-born 82-year-old moved to Harrogate with his family in 1939 and after serving in the RAF built up a successful furniture business. He served the community in capacities including president.

He leaves a widow, three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Supermarkets in kosher food fight

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 10, 2008

Competition for kosher shoppers has hotted up in Manchester with the new Morrisons store in Whitefield looking to become the biggest kosher player among the main supermarkets.

The store, opened four weeks ago, boasts of offering a bigger range than the local Asda and Sainsbury's and wants to take on North Manchester's current kosher favourite, Tesco in Prestwich.

At Morrisons, deputy manager Danny Welch said his team checked-out rival supermarkets' kosher ranges before deciding what to stock.


School dismayed by planning rejection

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 10, 2008

A planning application to move a successful strictly Orthodox Manchester private school from its dilapidated building to a state-of-the-art complex has been refused.

Pupils at the Etz Chaim Boys' Grammar have consistently attained the best overall GCSE grades in the region. However an Ofsted report last year described its building as "in a poor state of repair and in need of a very substantial programme of refurbishment".


Rex appeal helps Norwood

October 10, 2008

Opinionated Big Brother contestant Rex Newmark relayed some positive views on Norwood when he was one of 420 guests at a "Cocktails in the City" fundraiser at the Barbican Rooftop Conservatory.

"This is the first thing I've done since leaving the Big Brother House," the 24-year-old confided. "Tonight is the only time I've said, ‘I want to be doing this', and it makes me very proud to be supporting a Jewish charity."

The event was staged by Young Norwood and raised £14,000 for the charity's welfare activities.


Ministers get to grips with credit crunch

By Jay Grenby and Jonathan Kalmus, October 10, 2008

Rabbis have used their Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur sermons to urge congregants to draw on the long Jewish history of overcoming adversity to meet the challenges of the credit crunch. But at the same time, synagogue-goers were reminded of the need to maintain support for charities in a difficult financial climate.


Everything in the garden is lovely on award of 100th Israeli scholarship

By Jay Grenby, October 8, 2008

The JNF-backed Friends of Jerusalem Botanical Gardens have awarded their 99th and 100th gardening scholarships to young Americans James McGrath and Mark Mosinski.

Worth nearly £8,000 apiece, the grants enable recipients to live and work for a minimum six months at the Botanical Gardens, described as Jerusalem's "hidden oasis".