Community life

A novel approach to a Wizo lunch

By Sheli Levenson, September 19, 2008

Joanna Trollope, Giles Brandreth and Simon Sebag-Montefiore were the speakers at a literary lunch held by Wizo as part of its 90th anniversary celebrations at St John's Wood Synagogue on Tuesday.


New alliance tackles youth problems

September 19, 2008

A partnership to help young people with problems was launched before an audience of educators, youth workers and communal professionals at the Pentland Centre in Finchley on Tuesday night.

Drugsline, Jewish Action and Training for Sexual Health, Jewish Care, Jewish Women's Aid and Streetwise are supporting Skills for Life, which will deal with issues such as addiction, bullying, stress and depression, troubled relationships and the pressures of being a young carer.


Woodside Park lines up Glasgow minister

By Marcus Dysch, September 19, 2008

Woodside Park Synagogue is a step closer to installing a new minister, 10 months after the departure of Rabbi Hershel Radar split the community.

Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch, currently with Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation in Glasgow, is believed to be discussing terms with the shul's management board.

The JC understands that he will spend a weekend at the North London community within the next month with a view to an appointment.


Pulling power of first Hackney Limmud

By Leon Symons, September 19, 2008

Sunday's inaugural Hackney Limmud has been hailed as an unqualified success with more than 700 people attending events at the Petchey Academy in Stoke Newington.

Co-chair Steve Brown reported: "We have been deluged with emails from speakers and the public saying how much they enjoyed it. We will definitely do it again."


Election day for ZF

September 19, 2008

In the Zionist Federation's first contested elections for eight years, management consultant Jonathan Smilansky and City economist Jonathan Hoffman were elected ZF vice-chairs at its biennial conference in London on Sunday.

The defeated candidate was former Board of Deputies vice-president Jerry Lewis.

In addition, one-time Labour MP Eric Moonman and Manchester activist Joy Wolfe were elected to the two presidential positions.


Arsenal star moved by Holocaust tale

By Andrew Pentol, September 19, 2008

Arsenal's Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia played to another capacity crowd on Sunday when he introduced a screening of Holocaust drama The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at the Phoenix cinema in Finchley.

Almunia is a keen student of World War II history and the John Boyne novel on which the film is based is one of his favourites.


Help for appeal family

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 19, 2008

Offers of help are pouring in to Manchester welfare charity The Fed for the family highlighted in its Rosh Hashanah appeal.

The appeal letter illustrated health and financial problems of the family, whose names were changed to protect their identity.

In addition to appeal donations, supporters of The Fed have responded with offers of employment and even free photographic and video services for a family celebration.

"It's touched people's hearts and we've seen a very sympathetic response," reported The Fed's Joyce Khan.


US wants blood from congregants

September 19, 2008

In a fresh approach to its Rosh Hashanah appeal, the United Synagogue is this year promoting a blood donor campaign in partnership with the National Blood Service.

At the US's Project Chesed, promoting responsibility towards others, director Candice Woolfson said: "We are asking people to make a different kind of pledge this year. Giving blood is a life-saving act. Every Rosh Hashanah we greet each other with the words: ‘Shanah Tovah - may you have a healthy and happy New Year.' This year our community can turn those words into actions."


Masorti’s new group

By Sheli Levenson, September 19, 2008

In a first for Masorti, the movement is holding Yom Kippur services in the Stoke Newington and Haringey area to meet the needs of over 20 families. The services will bring together a fledgling Islington group which has previously organised informal activities.

Masorti chief executive Michael Gluckman pointed out: "The Islington area has become more liberal and there are a lot of Jewish people living there who felt there wasn't something for them. They wanted something traditional but modern."


Rabbi Wallach enjoys happy return to Hove

By Cecily Woolf, September 19, 2008

Charles Wallach was inducted as minister of Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue on Shabbat before a congregation of 300 including local Labour MP Celia Barlow and Brighton Mayor Councillor Garry Peltzer Dunn.

It is a second spell in Brighton for Rabbi Wallach, 58, who served the local Progressive community for over a decade from 1977. He has also worked for congregations in Australia, Israel and his native Johannesburg.