Community life

Survivor’s lesson to teaching staff

April 23, 2009

Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper received a standing ovation from over 400 educators when he addressed the Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ annual conference in Liverpool.

Mr Shipper never saw his father again after being sent to the Lodz ghetto with his grandparents in 1940. He managed to escape from a lorry transporting people from the ghetto and returned to work in the metal factory until the ghetto’s liquidation in 1944. He was sent to Auschwitz and then to another camp near Danzig, where he volunteered to work at a railway yard so as to get more food.


Write stuff

April 23, 2009

Popular children’s writer Joe Craig — author of the Jimmy Coates series — presented the prizes to the young winners of medical charity Shaare Zedek’s storytelling competition, run in association with the JC.

The successful child writers were Jessica Ebner-Statt, Ella Olins, Joshua Collins, Rachael Berger, Jessica Ansell and Ethan Cohen. The winning entries have been collated in a book, Inspirations, with the proceeds going towards the purchase of a neo-natal incubator.


Grunwald to be WJR envoy

April 23, 2009

The Board of Deputies’ Henry Grunwald is taking on a new presidential role, this time for World Jewish Relief.

Assuming the WJR ambassadorial post from June, Mr Grunwald will support the charity’s goal of increasing the number of communities and individuals assisted.

He will represent WJR at key events, visit overseas projects and work with the chairman and chief executive to encourage wider support.


Answering SOS: Save Our Seder

April 23, 2009

A roving rabbi came to the rescue of Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community when it faced the prospect of being without a minister to conduct its first communal Seder. After Rabbi Miri Lawrence was taken ill on the morning of the event, founding member Allison Hyman sent out an SOS to Liberal Judaism’s London headquarters, where staff frantically rang around seeking a replacement.


Memorial to dedicated doctor

By James Martin, April 23, 2009

A north London mental health centre has been renamed in memory of a psychiatrist who gave 30 years of dedicated service to patients.

From this week, the Fore Street Mental Health Centre in Enfield will be known as The Lucas Building, reflecting the contribution of Richard Lucas, who died last summer, aged 65.

The renaming was the idea of staff and patients of the Muswell Hill Synagogue member, who was awarded an OBE in 2003 for medical services. His widow Lynne was among the 100 people at a ceremony on Monday afternoon.


Tenants keep out construction vehicles

By John Fisher, April 23, 2009

Leeds Jewish Housing Association residents have won a battle to keep cranes and diggers away from their street during the £4 million expansion of an LJHA sheltered housing complex.

The association had earmarked Queenshill View, where they live, as a site entrance for the development, which is directly linked to the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre.

Residents voiced concern at the prospect of pollution, noise and parking problems in the narrow street where the 10 properties are home to families with a total of 17 children.


Circle is unbroken at Highgate School

By Jay Grenby, April 23, 2009

Highgate School Jewish Circle, one of the oldest Jewish societies at a UK public school, staged a 70th anniversary party for 200 past and present members.

Guests included John Davis, who founded the circle when the school relocated to a small town in Devon during the Second World War.

The group initially assembled for Shabbat prayer, but later expanded its programme to organise discussions on topical Jewish issues. Back in the capital, it grew to become the largest Jewish society in north London and has a current membership of 163.


'Speed dialogue' reaches Downing Street

April 23, 2009

Jewish and Muslim students spearheaded a peace initiative around Downing Street on Sunday.

Eliana Zur Szpiro and Sabrina Mohammad led 40 Jews, Christians and Muslims aged between 18 and 25 who took to the Westminster streets to promote peaceful discussions on key religious and political issues.

The “speed dialogue” session, organised under the auspices of the Three Faiths Forum, covered topics such as identity, belief and citizenship. Hopes for peace penned by pupils visited by the forum’s educational wing were distributed to passers-by.


Museum piece from 10cc

April 23, 2009

Legendary seventies pop group 10cc have added an extra date to their 2009 tour to support the Manchester Jewish Museum’s 25th anniversary.

Original 10cc member Graham Gouldman has a special affinity with the museum, which his father Hymie helped to set up. On learning of the landmark birthday, he committed the band to a fundraising concert in June at the Prestwich Hebrew Congregation premises. Museum director Stuart Hilton reports that over half the 400 tickets have already been snapped up.


Miracle mum needs life-saver

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 23, 2009

Hundreds of Manchester Jews will take part in a bone marrow screening drive on Sunday in an effort to save the life of a young Manchester mother-of-three with leukaemia.

Shortly after being diagnosed nine weeks ago, 32-year-old Leora Kuhillow from Whitefield fell unconscious and was placed on life support. On three occasions doctors told her husband Mark that she would not survive.