Community life

Manchester united in support of Limmud

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2009

International Development Minister Ivan Lewis and Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein added some high-powered local interest to the return of Manchester Limmud on Sunday.


Haberdashers’ Aske’s fun run raises £100,000

May 27, 2009

A £100,000 windfall for Jewish charities was generated by Sunday’s third Community Fun Run, held at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Elstree.

The event involved more than two dozen charities and more than 700 runners, with many more people turning up to lend their support on the
hottest day of the year.


Jobs go as UJIA income falls

By Leon Symons, May 27, 2009

Redundancies are being made at UJIA as the Israel and educational charity budgets for a fall in income because of the recession.

Chief executive Doug Krikler said this week that, in light of changed financial circumstances, he would be undertaking a review of UJIA’s three-year plan to ensure that its programmes can be maintained.

“As with all charities in the current climate, we have looked at our cost base and taken steps to reduce our running costs, which have included measures on staffing.


Aviv Avni to be Liverpool's Community emissary

By Lennie Isaacs, May 21, 2009

Former army medic Aviv Avni, 22, is to be Liverpool’s community emissary, filling a three-year void.

Mr Avni is due to arrive in early August for a 12-month stay with an option to extend. He will be based in a flat at the Harold House Community Centre.

The post is primarily funded by the local UJIA, whose Barry Davidson said: “This is positive news for the community and represents a significant investment by us.”


Helping Hands improves contact with volunteers

May 21, 2009

Cross-communal organisation Helping Hands plans to improve contact with its 100 volunteers. The organisation has now introduced a monthly volunteer information sheet and is planning a series of events. Co-ordinator Sarah Wilks said volunteers would be able to share news and views. The next event, for the charity’s drivers, will take place in June.


BBQs in Bournemouth

May 21, 2009

Bournemouth Reform Synagogue held its first Lag B’Omer barbecue, which was organised by the shul’s Chag Sameach committee. Complete with bonfire and sparklers, the event, which was held at the home of Stephanie and Victor Knifeld, was attended by 35 people.

A barbecue organised by Rabbi Adrian Jesner and the ladies guild together with the Shulaid committee of Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation attracted 100 people to the home of Howard and Corinne Rein.


Yiddish Film season at Edinburgh's Filmhouse

May 21, 2009

The second Yiddish Film season is running at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse. This year’s films concentrate on director Edgar Ulmer. The series kicked off with Green Fields and continues on Sundays until May 31 with The Singing Blacksmith, The Light Ahead and American Matchmaker. At the first viewing, Yiddish actor and academic Barry Davis introduced the film explaining to the crowd of 60 people
how prolific a film maker Ulmer was, making 128 films during his career.


JFS receives top marks from Ofsted inspectors

May 21, 2009

JFS has been commended by Ofsted inspectors in their second report since its move to Kenton in 2002.

Concluding that “the school’s overall effectiveness is outstanding”, the inspectors noted a high quality of teaching: “Students know what is expected of them and, as a result, they tackle their work with confidence.”

The inspectors were also impressed by pupils’ moral, social and cultural development, by the “excellent” sixth-form education and by the JFS management and leadership.


Baroness Neuberger: Liberal plea for converts

May 21, 2009

Liberal Judaism president Baroness Neuberger has made an impassioned plea for British Jewry to be more welcoming to converts and others on the margins of the community.

The appeal was part of an address to the movement’s celebration day in Birmingham on Sunday.

Held at the new Midlands Centre for Liberal Judaism, the event attracted 300 people, including a large contingent of under-18s.


Etgarim to offer sporty summer camp to disabled British youth

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2009

An Israeli charity which provides challenging outdoor sports activities for physically and mentally disabled children wants to open its summer camps to British youngsters.

Etgarim currently works with 5,000 youngsters and 700 adults at its Israeli centres. Post-trauma psychological help and sporting pursuits are offered to IDF veterans.