Community life

Irish death

February 5, 2009

Irish Jewish Museum curator Raphael Siev has died after collapsing at the HMD commemoration at Mansion House, Dublin.

He had insisted on giving a reading at the ceremony before going to hospital.

After attending Gateshead Yeshivah and qualifying as a barrister, Mr Siev worked for the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He devoted his latter years to the museum.


£3.9m for Leeds housing

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2009

The regeneration of a sheltered housing complex for the Leeds Jewish community has moved a step closer after a £3.9 million grant from the government. The money will enable the construction of 46 two-bedroom and 16 one-bedroom apartments.

They will be built next to the Leeds Jewish Community Centre in Stonegate Road and will replace outdated bungalows at the Queenshill Estate site.

Construction begins in the spring and is due to be completed by the end of 2010. LJHA will then have 230 properties in its portfolio.


Olmert date

February 5, 2009

Members of an emergency UK mission to the Negev met Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The 30 participants in the JNF and One Family trip also visited schools damaged by rocket attacks and met soldiers and civilians injured during the Gaza conflict.

JNF UK chairman Samuel Hayek told Mr Olmert that the group conveyed “the UK Jewish community’s strong feelings of support, empathy, respect and solidarity at this time”.


Dementia strategy welcomed

February 5, 2009

A broad welcome has been given to the government’s new dementia strategy by Nightingale in Clapham, one of Europe’s largest care homes for the elderly.

Nightingale chief executive Leon Smith believes the proposals will help destigmatise the condition. But the strategy “must only be part of the desperately needed review of how long-term care of older people is funded”. This included making symptom-inhibiting drugs such as Aracept freely available on the NHS.


Mayor’s first-aid class

By Hannah Leader, February 5, 2009

Lord Mayor of London Ian Luder underwent medical training last week to promote a favourite charity.

As part of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, St John Ambulance London will place over 1,000 automated external defibrillators across the City of London, Tower Hamlets and Canary Wharf.

Acting on his “building lives, saving lives” credo, Alderman Luder received defibrillator instruction from St John Ambulance personnel.


Cash crisis threatens chaplaincy provision

By Stephanie Brickman, February 5, 2009

Student chaplaincy around the country is under threat because of the economic downturn, the annual meeting of Northern Region Chaplaincy was told at Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation on Sunday.

Meeting chair Nicola Livingston stressed the importance of stepping up efforts to find funding for a new regional chaplaincy couple following the departure of Rabbi Dovid and Sora Cohen in July after 14 years of service.

Without the £25,000 that is to be sought in Scotland, recruitment would be problematic, she said. The region also incorporates North-East England.


My Fair Sadie proves to be a box-office sensation

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 5, 2009

A “women’s only” religious musical comedy has been the hottest ticket for Manchester Jewry.

Over 800 women enjoyed sell-out performances of My Fair Sadie at the Radcliffe Civic Suite at the weekend. So great was the interest that the final dress rehearsal was opened to the public.

The musical was staged by Pace — a performing arts group producing comedy for religious audiences — to raise funds for and awareness of Manchester welfare charity, The Fed.


LJCC planning £750,000 youth centre

By Ben Jaglom, February 5, 2009

The London Jewish Cultural Centre has unveiled detailed plans for a £750,000 youth centre on its Ivy House, Golders Green, site which the LJCC believes will attract teenagers from across the capital.

LJCC general manager Alan Fell said this week: “We are suffering from a shortage of facilities for young Jewish people and there has been no new Jewish youth facility in the borough for a very long time.”

Following a successful planning appeal, building work will start in the autumn and should be completed early in 2010.


Shrubs is set to grow through diversifying

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 5, 2009

North Manchester’s Prestwich Hebrew Congregation is attempting to reverse a membership decline by using its 1.5 acre site as a community centre offering mother and baby groups, soft-play activities, adult education and cafe and banqueting facilities.

The shul’s executive has joined forces with outreach organisation Seed and local kosher food supplier Shefa Mehadrin to transform provision in the buildings adjoining the 650-seat synagogue.


Herts gym fixes it for Norwood

February 5, 2009

Participants in Norwood’s international challenges this year are being helped in their preparation by the promise of free gym membership.

The offer has been made by the Village Health Club in Elstree and will run until the start of the individual’s challenge.

“These events raise money for a marvellous cause and we are delighted to add our support,” said Village Hotels and Leisure director Michael Bibring.

“You will be fit for the challenge and will save plenty of money on the way that you can always use to top up your sponsorship.”