Community life

Brown meets survivors

January 22, 2009

Gordon Brown welcomed Holocaust survivors Ben Helfgott and his sister Mala Tribich to 10 Downing Street on Wednesday when he signed a book of commitment, pledging to remember the Holocaust and to fight all forms of discrimination.

The book was placed in the House of Commons by the Holocaust Educational Trust in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day and has been signed by over 100 MPs.


Rachel puts the boot into racism

January 15, 2009

Strictly Come Dancing runner-up Rachel Stevens, Olympic 400 metres golden girl Christine Ohuruogu and supermodel Jodie Kidd are opposing racism by sending footwear to a Holocaust Memorial Day art project.

As part of the main commemorative event in Coventry on the theme of “Stand up to Hatred”, an artwork constructed from hundreds of pairs of shoes will represent the fate of Holocaust victims who were made to remove their shoes before their deaths.


School in knife scare

January 15, 2009

A security lock-down was implemented at King Solomon High in Redbridge on Monday after reports that a knife-wielding youth was heading towards the school.

Police advised staff to gather pupils together while they searched the premises. A 15-year-old boy was eventually detained nearby and police said there was no evidence that he had intended to enter the school. He appeared at Redbridge Youth Court on Tuesday charged with possession of a bladed article. He received a six-month referral order to report to the Youth Offending Team.


ATM scam warning

January 15, 2009

Barnet Jews have been warned to be on their guard when using ATM machines in Hendon and Golders Green after a spate of card fraud incidents over the weekend.

Fraudsters fitted devices to a number of cash machines to trap cards and record PIN numbers which were then used to withdraw large amounts of cash.

Police have contacted synagogue groups as part of an awareness drive to urge residents to exercise particular care and, where possible, to use familiar cash machines so that any attached devices are more visibly obvious.


Death at golf club

By John Fisher, January 15, 2009

A Leeds community stalwart died of a heart attack at Moor Allerton Golf Club on Tuesday.

Sam Goldman, 85, was taken to the clubhouse after feeling unwell on the course. An ambulance was called but paramedics could not revive him. Four-hundred people were at the funeral on Wednesday.

Mr Goldman oversaw a raft of improvements at the award-winning local care home, Donisthorpe, during 18 years as chairman. The United Hebrew Congregation member also generously supported many other charities, particularly in Israel.


Swastika daubed outside shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 15, 2009

Two large swastikas were daubed in Broughton Park in the early hours of Saturday morning. One was on the pavement outside the Stenecourt Synagogue, the other on a telephone junction box a few hundred yards away in Singleton Road.

The graffiti was discovered by shul-goers and police officers on patrol with community security volunteers.


Mixed faith partners share their problems

By Jay Grenby, January 15, 2009

A leading Reform rabbi has urged community leaders to respond sensitively to Jews in mixed faith relationships.

Addressing the 62 couples at his annual “I’m Jewish, My Partner Isn’t” seminar at Finchley’s Sternberg Centre on Sunday, Rabbi Jonathan Romain acknowledged that such liaisons presented problems for the couples and for British Jewry in general. However, it was important to reassure the Jewish partners that they were still welcome within the community and to treat non-Jewish partners with courtesy and respect.


Rising costs fuel appeal by mikveh

By Jay Grenby, January 14, 2009

Soaring gas and electricity bills are key factors behind a substantial increase in costs which threatens the future of the Edgware communal ladies’ mikveh.

In response, an appeal has been launched for “little but often” donations to help make up the shortfall in expenditure on heating, lighting, cleaning, insurance and repairs.

Since the fundraising drive preceding the opening of the facility in 1990, the trustees have depended on the generosity of a few individuals to keep it running.


Artist remembered in his home city

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 14, 2009

More than 100 people attended the launch of a tribute exhibition at Manchester Jewish Museum for artist Simon Black, who died, aged 49, last year after a battle against cancer.

The Reflections exhibition has given his family the opportunity to display his work in his home city after a similar event in London. Sunday’s opening was addressed by the artist’s widow Raina, eldest daughter Bobbi and his sister Jane.

Speaking afterwards, Jane Black said Mancunians would recognise much of the personal and local imagery in his paintings.


Kosher Kanteen is on menu for Brent Cross

January 14, 2009

The first kosher restaurant in a major UK shopping centre will open in Brent Cross in the spring.

Operating under Federation supervision, The Kanteen will feature an onsite bakery producing bread, bagels and pastries and will also offer a menu of Israeli specialities and mainstream favourites.

Managing director Robert Dallas said he was delighted to offer a kosher dining option to the many Jews who shop at Brent Cross.