Community life

Kosher restaurant back in business after building collapse

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 8, 2008

The owner of Manchester's Milky Dream kosher restaurant is pleased to be trading again almost a year after part of the shop-front collapsed.

On September 11, Yoel Wreschner, 24, arrived at work to find that a wall had become detached from the rest of the building.

He attributed the collapse to construction work on a large new apartment block nearby.


Shenley United congregation stay put

By Jay Grenby, August 8, 2008

When the festivals come around this year, members of the small Shenley United congregation will no longer need to consider themselves "wandering Jews".

That is because for the first time in its six-year history, the 120-family Hertfordshire congregation will hold its Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in the same venue - the Old Chapel village community centre where it has been conducting its weekly Shabbat services.


Childrens club provider quits Hackney school

By Craig Silver, August 8, 2008

Hackney's Simon Marks Primary has parted company with its after-school club provider after a breakdown in relations.

Mapalim said it had "no choice" but to end its involvement after clashes with acting head Norma Blair-Clayden.


Non-Jews moved by Auschwitz

By Jessica Ware, August 8, 2008

Over 40 police officers, ambulance and hospital personnel were taken to Auschwitz and Krakow last week on the second educational visit organised by Hatzolah, the volunteer emergency medical service assisting the Stamford Hill community.

Their itinerary took in the death camp site, the Jewish quarter in Krakow and the Galicia Jewish Museum.

"As always, people who go there have an interest in the topic but ultimately, seeing is believing," said Hatzolah's Chuni Kahan. "Everybody was visibly moved."


Former rabbi Plancey made emeritus minister

By Jay Grenby, August 8, 2008

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue has this week made its long-serving former rabbi, Alan Plancey, emeritus minister. The move comes on the first anniversary of his retirement from the Borehamwood pulpit after serving the community for more than 30 years. He and his wife Miriam were instrumental in building up the congregation to its current size and prominence.


£100k grant for Scottish Council of Jewish Communities

August 8, 2008
The Scottish government is giving £100,000 to the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities over the next three years to develop a variety of projects. These include outreach work with isolated Jews in rural areas and a Scottish version of the Jewish Way of Life exhibition. SCJC chair Walter Sneader said the award reflected the "remarkable working relationship" the council had built up with the government.


‘Serious concerns’ over school proposal

By Jay Grenby, August 8, 2008

A contentious planning application for the redevelopment of the Edgware Jewish Primary School site in Hale Lane was this week withdrawn at the request of Barnet Council.

In a statement to the JC on Wednesday, the council said it had "raised some serious concerns around the proposal in its current state. We are very keen to continue to work with the applicant to find a satisfactory outcome."


Minister applauds Redbridge welfare

By Craig Silver, August 1, 2008

Health Minister Ivan Lewis praised the work of Jewish Care after touring three of its welfare facilities in Redbridge on Wednesday afternoon.

The visit, arranged at the minister's request, gave him the opportunity to speak to careers, volunteers and clients.


Manchester stalwart Olsberg dies

August 1, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has led the numerous tributes to long-serving Manchester minister Rev Leslie Olsberg, who died on Sunday, aged 86.

Mr Olsberg was minister of Heaton Park Hebrew Congregation for 36 years and was chaplain to a range of organisations. His MBE in 2007 recognised 60 years' service to the Manchester community.

He was admitted to North Manchester General Hospital, where he died, after breaking his hip last week. Nurses attempted to contact the Jewish chaplain only to discover that Mr Olsberg still held that role.


JLGB welcomes Sderot group to camp getaway

By Jessica Ware, August 1, 2008

Sderot teenagers are guests at the Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade's national summer camp.

They joined other Israelis and visitors from France and Canada to swell the turnout to over 300 at the 10-day event in Colchester. Participants enjoyed activities ranging from archery to an Apprentice-style challenge.

Brigade chief executive Neil Martin said the Sderot group had "blended in well and made lots of friends. They are not used to such freedom."