Community life

Cancer woman’s artistic appeal

By Jay Grenby, September 12, 2008

Bringing a personal touch to Chai Cancer Care's Rosh Hashanah appeal card, the artwork is by a Hertfordshire woman who has benefited from the charity's services.

The original painting was produced and signed by Syd - her daughter's nickname for her - at one of Chai's weekly art therapy classes for clients at its Hendon premises.

The appeal card is being sent to 11,500 households, giving Syd "a tremendous thrill to know that my work will be seen by so many people".


Report cards from CST

September 12, 2008

In a bid to assist the reporting of antisemitic incidents to the Community Security Trust, the CST is distributing 4,000 "Taking Responsibility" cards at Jewish shops, restaurants, synagogues and other communal locations across London.

The wallet-friendly cards contain contact details for the CST. The trust wants to make the cards available nationwide.

CST communications director Mark Gardner said: "We are trying to ensure that our community knows the CST is there for them and that together we can do our utmost to tackle antisemitism."


Home win on finance

September 12, 2008

The chairman of Leeds residential home Donisthorpe Hall has dismissed speculation that a £2.2 million wing would be delayed because of the credit crunch. But a major refurbishment scheme is under threat.

Geoffrey Caplan said the 21-bed, state-of-the art dementia unit was half-finished and "will definitely be completed early next year".

However, tougher economic conditions had forced the postponement of the £3.5 million plan to refurbish parts of the premises.


MDA’s big pledge

September 12, 2008

Manchester's Magen David Adom UK committee has pledged to raise £800,000 within three years for the refurbishment of the MDA station in Hadera.

Manchester MDA chairman Jeremy Hart said the appeal would be formally launched at its 2009 dinner, at which Ruby Wax will be guest speaker.


Liverpool fire scare

September 12, 2008

Thirty people were evacuted from Liverpool's Harold House on Monday evening as a fire raged at the rear of the community centre building.

Centre manager Stephen Simpson was in his office when the alarm was raised. "I cleared the building and then ran with fire extinguishers to the back door. We tried to put it out but were beaten back by the flames. The fire brigade were called and attended within minutes."


Sacks opens Finchley Primary

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2008

The Orthodox community's newest school opened its doors to pupils in Finchley this week.

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks joined the Morasha Jewish Primary's first eight reception-class pupils in a singalong before performing the official opening.

The fee-paying school - set up by Finchley Synagogue members - will accept a further seven pupils during its first year. Up to 25 additional pupils will enrol for the 2009/10 acdemic year.


Police target Charedim in recruitment drive

September 12, 2008

Hackney police held a recruitment drive among the Stamford Hill community this week in conjunction with the Jewish Police Association.

PC Danny Phillips from the JPA answered questions from several dozen visitors about roles within the Metropolitan Police, such as a police constable, Met special constable, police community support officer or a Met volunteer.


East End shul seeks extended opening

September 11, 2008

Supporters of the historic Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue in London’s East End are looking for a strong turnout over the High Holy-Days to advance their campaign to open the shul on a regular basis.

Although the synagogue has not held services since the major festivals last year, action committee member Raymond Singer believes there is demand for weekly gatherings. The committee is considering options including an approach for Lottery funding.


Special needs victory

By Dana Gloger, September 11, 2008

A Stamford Hill special needs school serving the Charedi community is celebrating the overturning of a council ruling that it should pay a £100,000 bond for its new site.

Currently operating from temporary premises, Side by Side was given planning permission to relocate to the site of the former Avigdor School, which was bought by the Agudas Israel Housing Association.


‘Anti-Lubavitch’ row in Brighton

By Cecily Woolf, September 11, 2008

Over 50 Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation members are demanding an EGM to protest against what they see as anti-Lubavitch sentiments by the shul's management.

They want Lubavitch rabbi Herschel Rader to be given a permanent contract when his temporary deal expires on November 1.

The synagogue board has refused to commit itself on a rabbinical appointment.

Brighton and Hove's last incumbent, Rabbi Pesach Efune, is also a Lubavitch minister. He resigned in May 2007 for personal reasons.