Community life

7/7 survivor gets the community talking

By Marcus Dysch, August 22, 2008

London area synagogues have been key backers of the WalkTalk community cohesion initiative launched by a woman who lost both legs in the 7/7 bombings.

Gill Hicks - who now has prosthetic legs - has spent the past month covering the 200 miles from Leeds to London with her husband Joe Kerr and a variety of supporters. Their aim has been to promote dialogue between people of different backgrounds while walking together, or during refreshment breaks.


Fringe benefits in Edinburgh

By Candice Krieger, August 21, 2008

A stand-up comic and a 40-strong wind instruments band were among the performing talents at the local synagogue's annual Edinburgh Festival open day.

Sunday's event, organised by the Jewish Edinburgh Group, was a showcase for Edinburgh fringe acts with a Jewish link.

The line-up included comedian Ivor Dembina, who spoke about his show, This Is Not A Subject For Comedy, the Lavi Youth Wind Band from Jerusalem and the Aluminum Show, devised by Tel Aviv-based dancer Ilan Azriel.


Welfare groups back ‘breaks for carers’ funding

August 21, 2008

Organisations have welcomed a £255 million package from the government to improve the lives of carers.

The bulk of the money, £150 million, will expand provision for short breaks for carers. Funding will also be put towards helping carers to enter or return to the job market, annual health checks and educating GPs to understand the pressures on carers' own health.


Help a deserving cause

August 21, 2008

There is still time for readers to nominate a deserving cause for the second JC Charity Appeal.

The appeal is aimed at helping communal charities which may be overlooked during the main Yomtov fundraising season.

Nominations are accepted from readers or the charities themselves and can be in respect of general activities or specific projects.


WJR launches an appeal for Georgian Jews

By Dana Gloger, August 21, 2008

World Jewish Relief has launched a UK appeal to help clients affected by the Georgian conflict.

WJR says that over 700 young and elderly Jews are in need of welfare assistance. Around 100 have been forced to flee their homes and are staying with other Jews in Tbilisi. Extra rescue workers have been drafted in to help the refugees.

The charity reports that some Jews have already been rescued, among them 79-year-old Rivka Rosa from Tskhinvali.


Shuls join walk with London bombing survivor

August 18, 2008

London area synagogue members turned out in numbers for a walk from Leeds to Trafalgar Square organised by a 7/7 bombings survivor to promote interfaith understanding.

Shuls including Stanmore United, Edgware, North Western and Radlett Reform and St Albans Masorti supported the WalkTalk initiative conceived by Gill Hicks, who lost both her legs in the bombings.


King David fights drug centre plan

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Manchester's King David schools are fighting plans to turn a nursing home on the edge of the KD campus into a drug-rehabilitation centre.

Owners of the Westwood private nursing home on Polygon Road, Crumpsall - which has many Jewish residents - want to close it down and redevelop it as a residential drug- and alcohol-rehabilitation centre. Local residents were alerted to the plans at a meeting last Thursday.


Enfield Syanagogue appoints Sufrin

August 15, 2008

Enfield and Winchmore Hill Synagogue has appointed Rabbi Yitzchok Sufrin as its part-time minister.

After the former Highgate Synagogue rabbi spent a Shabbat with the community, the Enfield board unanimously decided to offer him the post, which has been vacant since January.


Woodside Park split on rabbi

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2008

The troubled Woodside Park Synagogue will continue to operate without a full-time rabbi after failing to agree on a candidate to replace Rabbi Hershel Rader, who departed controversially at the end of last year.

Two candidates shortlisted by a selection committee took part in an assessment day, including second interviews and practical tests, at the end of July.


Norwood chief probes health minister

August 15, 2008

Norwood chief executive Norma Brier pressed Health Minister Ivan Lewis over funding concerns when he toured the charity's facilities in Hendon and Finchley on Tuesday.

Mrs Brier highlighted the problem of attracting sufficient local authority support to cover those in need of Norwood's services. She said afterwards: "We are delighted that the minister has recognised the importance of what Norwood is doing to assist people with learning difficulties to lead more fulfilling lives."