Community life

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."


Kindertransport refugee remembered

August 15, 2008

Members of the Birmingham Jewish community gathered at a local churchyard last week to dedicate a memorial plaque to a five-year-old Kindertransport refugee from Prague who died in a bombing raid in December 1940.

Suzanne Marburg had been taken in and adopted by the Lloyds, a non-Jewish family, whose members died with her in the bombing.

They were all buried in the Lloyd family grave at Kingswood Unitarian Chapel, Wythall. Suzanne's mother, who had survived the concentration camps, learned of her fate when she came to England look for her after the war.


Heart op boy’s mum in a rush to help hospital

By Jay Grenby, August 15, 2008

A Hertsmere Jewish Primary School teacher is running her first charity race as a thank you to Great Ormond Street Hospital doctors and nurses who saved her son's life.

By taking part in next month's Adidas 5km Women's Challenge in Hyde Park, Sarah Jacobs hopes to raise at least £3,000 towards the hospital's new heart and lung centre, helping children like her son Eitan with major cardiac problems.


Prestwich shul expands

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 15, 2008

Construction has begun on a synagogue building in Prestwich for the Shaarei Tefilla strictly Orthodox congregation.

The two-storey synagogue is a £675,000 redevelopment of a disused Methodist church, whose hall has housed the community since 1994.

Nine people attended its first service in 1992, held in the living room of founder Rabbi Moshe Segal. There are now 115 predominantly young member families, who are meeting the building costs. A further influx of members is expected with the opening of the synagogue.


Leeds Jewish Welfare Board charity shop surpasses target by £30k

By John Fisher, August 8, 2008

Known locally as "the Harrods of charity shops", Leeds Jewish Welfare Board's store has raised over £100,000 in its first year of trading, surpassing its target figure by £30,000.

Located in Moortown, in the heart of the Jewish community, the success of "thewellfairshop" has not totally surprised its organisers. Manager Andrina Calvert said: "I always had faith that the shop would do well here and I cannot praise my volunteers enough."


Winehouse and Levy enjoy a break with the brigade

August 8, 2008

Amy Winehouse's father Mitch spent a nostalgic few hours among old Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade comrades when he was a guest at the JLGB summer camp open day in Essex last Thursday.

Mr Winehouse was one of the former brigade members invited to lunch by camp commanding officer Gill Geisler, who said he had a great time reminiscing and watching the open day parade. "It was nice for him to have a day off with his old friends. I made a point of not pressing him about Amy but I did ask him how she was and he said she was fine."


Policemen respond to shul’s call

By Jessica Ware, August 8, 2008

Thirty-seven police officers and staff went to shul last week for a day of training in Jewish cultural awareness.

The New London Synagogue, St John's Wood, hosted the event, which Acting Sergeant Dan Finn, St John's Wood's faith liaison officer, said "went very well. Everyone enjoyed it and a few people said how all police officers should attend this training."