Community life

Tough? We’ll swim 22 miles

By Jay Grenby, June 20, 2008

Two remarkable sisters are about to complete the equivalent of a cross-Channel marathon swim, raising more than £23,000 for Jewish and non-Jewish charities in the process.

Talya and Dani Jacobson have been taking to the water at their local baths most days over the past few months to swim 1,408 lengths of the 25m indoor pool, the equivalent of the 22-mile width of the English Channel.

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Reform renames

June 20, 2008

The Reform movement’s Assembly of Rabbis has voted at its Annual General Meeting to change its name to the Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK. The move was instigated by its chairman, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, who said they were looking for a more precise description of the group.

The Assembly intends to take a greater role in the wider Jewish community through the publication of a series of pamphlets on contemporary issues. Proposed subjects include healing in Judaism, new creative rituals and ethical investment.

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Editor’s memorial

June 20, 2008

A celebration of the life of William Frankel, former editor of the Jewish Chronicle, was held last week at the New London Synagogue in St John’s Wood.

His wife, Claire, read an extract from the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson and his son John recounted memories of his father. Mr Frankel’s successor, Geoffrey Paul, spoke about Mr Frankel’s time at the Jewish Chronicle and JC chairman Peter Levy also paid tribute. The 200-strong audience included other members of the family, friends and former colleagues.

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Top marks for Hasmo

By Alex Barnes, June 20, 2008

Hasmonean Primary was judged to be an “outstanding school” in recent Ofsted and Pikuach inspections.

In his report, the Ofsted inspector noted that the Hendon-based school had developed a “caring and nurturing learning environment underpinned by strong Jewish values”. He highlighted the range of experiences provided and the school’s success in enabling all pupils to achieve, regardless of ability. 

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Israel rally set to raise the roof

June 20, 2008

Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the first UK “Salute to Israel” parades in London and Manchester on June 29.

The London parade, which will start at midday on the corner of Berkeley Street and Piccadilly, will culminate in a Trafalgar Square rally at 2pm. Supporters can expect a visual spectacle as they watch marching bands and floats sponsored by companies, including the JC, and communal organisations. 

The rally will be compered by LBC radio host Nick Ferrari, with guests including Knesset member Isaac Herzog and Ed Balls MP.

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Menorah gets glowing report from inspectors

June 13, 2008

Ofsted inspectors have given a glowing report to the Menorah Foundation School in Golders Green.

The inspectors found that the school was well led by head Clare Neuberger, her staff and the primary’s governors. Pupils regularly achieved above-average standards, particularly in maths and English — “the result of good teaching and well-planned lessons”.

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Two women mayors start work in Herts

By Jay Grenby, June 13, 2008

Councillor Sandra Parnell (Hertsmere) and Councillor Farida Turner (Elstree and Borehamwood) have respectively been installed as borough and town council mayors.

As Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Parnell, 70, represents the major Jewish centres of Borehamwood, Elstree, Bushey and Radlett. Having served as deputy mayor, her plans to make aliyah were scuppered by the death of her husband, Leslie, earlier this year.

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Barbara Young hosts bingo fundraiser

June 13, 2008
Actress Barbara Young, who has appeared in Coronation Street and Family Affairs, took on the role of bingo caller for a fundraiser at Jewish Care’s Clore Manor home which raised £755. The event was arranged by the home’s Friends committee, co-chaired by Paul and Elise Graham. Two of the residents, Julia Abrahams and Golda Fox, donated their bingo winnings back to the home.

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Hikers boost Camp Simcha

By Craig Silver, June 13, 2008

Twelve friends from Stanmore and Finchley have hit the heights for Camp Simcha — which helps Jewish children with life-threatening illnesses and their families — by scaling Ben Nevis to raise £14,000.

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New US leadership

June 13, 2008

Colourful Mill Hill minister Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet is the new chair of the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue. Elstree and Borehamwood’s Rabbi Naftali Brawer and Hampstead’s Rabbi Michael Harris are vice-chairmen, Pinner’s Rabbi Yaakov Grunewald is treasurer and Kenton’s Rabbi Yehuda Black is secretary.

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