Community life

Anger over £9m centre

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 17, 2008

Plans for a £9 million family centre in Salford have come under fire from strictly Orthodox local residents and a school over issues of security and religious sensitivity.

Salford Council is in negotiations with Jewish leaders after 50 residents turned out to protest against the proposed centre, known as The Hub, at a recent consultation meeting.


Nagler appointed Herts police chief

October 17, 2008

Former Hertsmere Mayor Stuart Nagler is the new chair of Hertfordshire Police Authority.

The Radlett United Synagogue congregant has been a police authority member for the past five years and the chairmanship gives him overall responsibility for policing services to the county's one million residents, including a growing Jewish population.

"This is a high profile and prestigious position," Mr Nagler told the JC, "and I am honoured to have been appointed to lead the authority through the challenging times ahead.


Students welcome state-of-the-art Hillel

By Simon Friend, October 17, 2008

A new era for Jewish student life in London was launched last week with the opening of a state-of-the-art Hillel in Euston.

Having been based in Endsleigh Street for over 50 years, the non-residential Hillel has long been a landmark for Jewish students in the capital, as well as one of the few kosher food options in the West End area. While the new premises in Euston Road, close to Upper Woburn Place, are only a few minutes walk away, a great deal has changed.


Ruislip gets Succah gift

By Jay Grenby, October 16, 2008

Ruislip Synagogue's new and larger succah was used for the first time this week.

The free-standing structure was a gift to the congregation from the family of Louis Kahn in memory of the popular medical practitioner, who died in August 2007.

Dr Kahn was a Ruislip member for more than 40 years and served for many years on the shul's management board. Welcoming the gift, a Ruislip representative added: "We hope it will serve us well for many years to come."


Alternative centre gets new Willesden home

By Simon Rocker, October 10, 2008

Moishe House, the London alternative community centre run by a group of young people in their home, has moved to another location in Willesden.

The new house, a few roads away from the previous premises, is closer to Brondesbury Synagogue, said Joel Stanley, one of the five housemates.

In the year it has been in operation, "we've had a 1,000 people pass through our door".


Board leads online review of women in the community

By Simon Rocker, October 10, 2008

A new survey into Jewish women was launched this week with an online questionnaire on the Board of Deputies website.

It is planned as a follow-up study to the 1994 review of women in the Jewish community conducted at the behest of Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

The head of the original review was Rosalind Preston, a former president of the National Council of Women, who has returned to oversee the project which this time will be carried out in partnership with the Board.


Cemetery is closed again

By John Fisher, October 10, 2008

Hilltop cemetery in Leeds has been closed to the public for a second time after Leeds City Council civil engineers classified the Gelderd Road site as dangerous.

Two years ago, the collapse of a grave and gravestone forced Leeds Jewish Orthodox Cemeteries to close the cemetery for repairs. Hilltop reopened in June 2007 with assurances about its safety. But further subsidence has created more dangerous conditions.


Shul leader suffers fatal Yomtov heart attack

October 10, 2008

Harrogate Synagogue member Sandy Royston died of a heart attack after the morning service on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. He collapsed in the street close to the shul.

The London-born 82-year-old moved to Harrogate with his family in 1939 and after serving in the RAF built up a successful furniture business. He served the community in capacities including president.

He leaves a widow, three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Supermarkets in kosher food fight

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 10, 2008

Competition for kosher shoppers has hotted up in Manchester with the new Morrisons store in Whitefield looking to become the biggest kosher player among the main supermarkets.

The store, opened four weeks ago, boasts of offering a bigger range than the local Asda and Sainsbury's and wants to take on North Manchester's current kosher favourite, Tesco in Prestwich.

At Morrisons, deputy manager Danny Welch said his team checked-out rival supermarkets' kosher ranges before deciding what to stock.


School dismayed by planning rejection

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 10, 2008

A planning application to move a successful strictly Orthodox Manchester private school from its dilapidated building to a state-of-the-art complex has been refused.

Pupils at the Etz Chaim Boys' Grammar have consistently attained the best overall GCSE grades in the region. However an Ofsted report last year described its building as "in a poor state of repair and in need of a very substantial programme of refurbishment".