Community life

Positive dialogue as mosque group joins youth camp

August 15, 2008

In a first for Liberal Judaism's Kadimah summer camp, participants were joined by a group of boys from Luton Central Mosque for a day of learning and games.

The Jews and Muslims played football and board games and enjoyed lunch in a tent on the lawns of the camp at Cottesmore School, near Crawley, West Sussex. They then spent more than an hour in a large informal discussion, asking one another questions about the differences - and similarities - between Judaism and Islam.


Brits party with Ethiopian twins

August 15, 2008

UJIA marked the the tenth year of its British and Ethiopian bar and batmitzvah programme with its largest-ever celebration in Jerusalem.

Forty Ethiopian immigrant children from a Jewish Agency absorption centre joined their British "twins". Eight families made the trip from London, four from Manchester and four from Scotland.

The ceremony was held at Jerusalem's Great Synagogue and Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger blessed the celebrants.


Lib-Dem defends ‘Nazi’ traffic charge remark

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 15, 2008

A Stockport Lib-Dem councillor is standing by his comparison of the proposed Manchester congestion charge with Nazi propaganda.

Manchester Jewish leaders were outraged by the comment by Councillor Kevin Hogg, made in the context of his claim that the city's transport authority was misinforming the public to win support for the plans. "As propaganda, it is nearly as bad as the Nazis in the Second World War," he said.


Kind kid is rewarded

August 15, 2008

Twelve-year-old Dani Jacobson was runner-up in the Channel Five search for "Britain's Kindest Kids", presented by Natasha Kaplinsky.

The North London Collegiate pupil received 35 per cent of the vote for a 22-mile swim with her learning disabled sister Talya which raised over £23,000, mostly for Norwood.

And as the contest winner, Liam Fairhurst, offered to share his £1,000 prize with the four other finalists, Dani will be handing over a further £200 to the charity.


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.


Like father, like son at Northwood shul

August 8, 2008

Son will replace father as the spiritual head of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue tomorrow when Rabbi Aaron Goldstein is inducted as senior minister.

As the 38-year-old rabbi takes charge, his father, Rabbi Andrew Goldstein, will become emeritus minister. At the same service, Rabbi Hillel Athias-Robles will be inducted as assistant minister.