Community life

United and Reform's joint event

By Jay Grenby, May 9, 2008

Members of Radlett’s United and Reform synagogues seized on an opportunity to set religious differences aside as they enjoyed a joint Yom Atzmaut celebration on Wednesday.

Although the third occasion that the congregations have got together for Israel’s birthday, it was the first time that they had used the cross-communal Clore Shalom Primary in Shenley as the venue.


Youthful slant to Ilford party

By Craig Silver, May 9, 2008

A sell-out 300-plus crowd was in a party mood at Jewish Care's Sinclair House on Wednesday evening as the Redbridge community marked Israel’s 60th birthday.

Gateshead gets its man after five-year search

By Faga Speker, May 9, 2008

A five-year search to fill the Gateshead Kehillah pulpit has ended with the arrival of Rabbi Shraga Zimmerman, whose induction ceremony was held on Monday.

Rabbi Zimmerman, 44 — who succeeds the late Rabbi Bezalel Rakow — came from Monsey, New York, where he founded a congregation.

His induction was held at the Bewick Centre, Gateshead, before an audience of 500.

Among the guest speakers were Rabbi Matisyahu Salomon, returning to Gateshead from the States, and Rabbi Nachum Schneebalg from Manchester.


Welfare homes score highly in inspections

By Leon Symons, May 9, 2008

Norwood and Jewish Care establishments have earned top marks in a new national inspection ratings system.

The Commission for Social Care Inspection this week launched a star scheme for Britain’s 4,000 care homes, ranging from three stars for excellent to zero for poor.


Appeal for Burma

May 9, 2008

International aid charity World Jewish Relief has launched an emergency appeal for victims of the Burma cyclone.

WJR says that food, cooking equipment, health kits, mosquito nets, water purification tablets and plastic sheeting are urgently required.

Chief executive Paul Anticoni urged the community to rally to the aid of survivors. “Access for aid agencies is heavily restricted but WJR will endeavour to work as closely as possible with potential partners on the ground.” The aim was to help those most affected, “by providing clean water, sanitation resources and safe shelter”.


Liverpool joins Limmud club

By Sue Greenberg, May 9, 2008

Merseyside’s first Limmud day was a sell-out success, with 500 people attending the event at Liverpool’s Hope University on Bank Holiday Monday. Almost 40 sessions covered topics from genealogy to Yiddish swing and Rabbi Zvi Solomons of Princes Road Synagogue complimented organisers on “the amazing mix of superb speakers”.

New head for Simon Marks

By Craig Silver, May 2, 2008

Thirty-nine-year-old Nicole Delamere is the new headteacher of the Simon Marks Jewish Primary in Hackney. She takes up the post in September following the departure of Laurie Rosenberg, who has been head for six years.

Mrs Delamere, currently assistant head at Newham Park Primary, told the JC that she was “thrilled” at the opportunity. “The school is successful and it is my intention to build on the vision of the former head.” She wanted Simon Marks to be “an outstanding beacon academically while promoting the values of Judaism”.


South London rabbi's staying power

By Jay Grenby, May 2, 2008

The acting minister of Streatham-based South London Synagogue has agreed to stay on as a “permanent temporary”.

Rabbi Menahem Lester was recruited 12 months ago after the retirement of Rabbi Philip Ginsbury, who served South London congregations for 47 years — first at Streatham, then at Brixton, and after the two communities amalgamated in 1985. Rabbi Lester spent nine years with Chingford and Highams Park Synagogue before going on aliyah with his wife in 2004.


Army gets lesson on Holocaust

May 2, 2008

Over 150 senior cadets from Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force took part in an educational training day about the Holocaust.

The initiative was the first of its type for a county cadet force, according to Colonel Martin Newman, vice-chairman of the Jewish Committee for HM Forces. It featured sessions conducted by locally-based Holocaust survivor Meyer Hirsch and David Arnold, whose mother had fled the Nazis on a Kindertransport.


Tesco profits from post-Pesach opening

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 2, 2008

Shoppers crowded around the entrance to the Tesco in Prestwich late on Sunday evening in anticipation of a comprehensive post-Pesach stock-up.

For the North Manchester store was one of two Tesco branches in England — Brent Cross was the other — to trade from one minute past midnight to cater for the Jewish market.

Trolleys at the ready, there was a stampede as the doors opened, with customers first descending on the boxes of cereal astutely placed near the entrance by the store management.