Community life

Victims shocked by Manchester burglaries

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 4, 2008

Prestwich and Broughton Park residents have been shaken by a spate of audacious robberies.

Up to a dozen Jewish households and businesses have been burgled in the past fortnight and police are urging community members to step-up security measures in their homes.

Most of the robberies have been in the early hours of the morning. In four cases thieves entered the victims’ bedrooms.

A Prestwich mother recounted her fright at waking at 4am to see a man rummaging through her possessions. Her husband was away and she was at home with her two children.


Wanstead induction

December 4, 2008

Rabbi Larry Becker was inducted as minister of Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue before a congregation of 120 at the Wanstead, East London, shul. The induction was performed by another local rabbi, David Hulbert of Barkingside’s Bet Tikvah community, who had mentored the American-born minister. Ilford North MP Lee Scott was among the guests.


US departure

December 4, 2008

United Synagogue head of central services David Braes is leaving the US after 11 years following a reorganisation. Chief executive Jeremy Jacobs thanked him for his contribution and wished him well for the future.


New school is delayed

By Lennie Isaacs, December 4, 2008

The £23 million rebuilding of the Liverpool King David Schools campus has been delayed.

Merseyside Jewish Representative Council delegates were told on Tuesday that the start of the project — part of the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme — had been put back from January to April 2009.

But speaking after the meeting, King David High School head Brigid Smith stressed that the postponement was not down to funding issues. “It is the nature of building projects to be delayed,” she said.


Good news for WJR as Maitlis helps raise £1.5m

December 4, 2008

Newsnight anchor Emily Maitlis was the headline act for World Jewish Relief on Monday at a Guildhall dinner which raised £1.5 million.

Ms Maitlis — a keen supporter of WJR and a member of the dinner committee — took the 580 guests through “75 years of an extraordinary organisation.


Day of fun

December 4, 2008

The JC Chanucah Fun Day, supporting Jewish Child’s Day, is at Yavneh College, Borehamwood, on Sunday afternoon, with activities ranging from doughnut decorating to bouncy castles. Special guests include the Jewish Princesses. For ticket information, log on to or call our booking line on 0207 415 1578.


Population controller

By John Fisher, December 4, 2008

Neil Clarke intends to demonstrate staying power as Leeds’ first community development officer. The goal of the 23-year-old is “to encourage young people to remain in Leeds and attract people at Leeds University to move to the city permanently”.

Originally from Reading, Mr Clarke is himself a Leeds University graduate. He will be based at the representative council offices and will work closely with the Leeds Jewish Initiative and university chaplaincy.

He has launched a weekly newsletter and intends to develop a communal website and database.


Block party buoys Mathilda Marks

By Craig Silver, December 4, 2008

A nursery and reception block at Mill Hill’s Mathilda Marks-Kennedy Primary was opened by Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks on Tuesday.

Sir Jonathan fixed two mezuzot to the new facility, which had been under construction since March 2007, and Barnet Mayor Councillor John Marshall was also among the guests. Pupils sang at a special assembly.
School head Jillian Dunstan said: “The block is absolutely wonderful and is very child-centred. It will help the school move forward in providing ever-improving facilities.”


Minibus gift to Ashkelon gets nursery up to speed

December 4, 2008

An Ashkelon nursery providing reduced-rate childcare for Ethiopian-Israeli children has been able to replace its dilapidated minibus through a £35,000-plus donation from the My Israel charity.

My Israel founder Danni Franks had identified the Garden of Hope Nursery as an urgent cause and raised the money through private contributions, events including a five-day trek and a legacy from a refugee from Nazi Germany.

The minibus was delivered to Eliyahu Yosseka, who started the project with his wife, Aviva, and drives the children to the nursery every day.


UJIA hails its £100m fundraiser

December 4, 2008

UJIA has paid tribute to its £100 million man — fundraiser Zalman Speigel — on his retirement after over 30 years’ service.

The £100 million is the estimate of the sum generated by Mr Speigel and his fundraising abilities were praised by UJIA vice-chairman Geoffrey Ognall and chief executive Doug Krikler at a farewell party.

Other UJIA leaders sent messages recognising his contribution, both financially and in terms of his understanding of the community in Britain and Israel.