Community life

Oxford mikvah opens

July 4, 2008

Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger formally opened a £250,000 mikvah on the Oxford Chabad site before an audience of religious and civic personalities, students and local community members.

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Mersey joy

July 4, 2008

A seven-year appeal to secure the future of one of Liverpool Jewry’s oldest institutions has reached its £300,000 pledge target in just a year.

“We are now able to provide more services to more people in our community,” Merseyside Jewish Community Care chief executive Lisa Dolan said. “We will be starting a new group for senior citizens at Allerton Hebrew Congregation and plan to develop a supported living scheme for young adults.”

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Corrie star helps Rags to riches

July 4, 2008

Former Coronation Street star Bradley Walsh was among the 130 players in the 38th annual golf tournament staged by Rags, the Redbridge Aid Golf Society, which raised £185,000.

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US head sets out three-year vision

By Simon Rocker, July 4, 2008

United Synagogue president Simon Hochhauser has laid out his plans for the next three years in advance of his formal re-election for a second term on Monday week.

In a manifesto published this week, Dr Hochhauser and his new team promise to consult congregations with a view to “increased autonomy and responsibility” in running their affairs. They want to dispense with the two-tier constituent and affiliated status of member synagogues.

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Barnet rabbis get ‘free’ parking offer

By Jessica Elgot, July 4, 2008

A “pray and display” scheme to give religious leaders free parking when carrying out religious duties has been launched by Barnet Council.

Rabbis, along with other religious leaders, can apply for permits allowing them to park in a residents’ bay when on official business. However, the scheme is not entirely free as there is a £40 administration charge.

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Thieves targeting Charedim

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 4, 2008

A mobile police station is operating once again in the heart of Manchester’s Charedi community following a spate of violent attacks and muggings on religious Jews in Broughton Park. The station was open in Northumberland Street at the weekend and the intention is for it to be manned continuously over Shabbat.

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Legacy of 7/7 victim

By Candice Krieger, July 4, 2008

An eye-care centre in India was opened this week in memory of 7/7 bombings victim Miriam Hyman.

Based at the L V Prasad Eye Institute in Bhubaneswar, the Miriam Hyman Children’s Eye Care Centre will serve underprivileged youngsters. The £100,000-plus facility has been funded by the Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust, set up by the family of the North Londoner, who died in the 2005 blast at Tavistock Square, aged 32.

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Israelis enjoy a break from terror

By Jay Grenby, July 4, 2008

Young Israelis whose lives have been shattered as a result of terror attacks have been on a recuperative break in London.

The visitors, aged between 19 and 30, were brought to Britain under the auspices of One Family, whose UK executive director Andrew Alexander explained that such trips removed them from an environment of grief.

One of the youngest in the group is Hila Leibovitch, 21, whose seven-year-old sister Noam was killed in a highway ambush in 2003. Another sister, Neria, was seriously injured in the same attack.

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Auschwitz trips praised

By Jessica Elgot, July 4, 2008

Schools Minister Jim Knight highlighted the impact of a visit to Auschwitz when he addressed a Holocaust Educational Trust meeting on Tuesday at the Imperial War Museum.

Addressing sixth-formers who had participated in the HET’s government-backed Lessons from Auschwitz programme, Mr Knight said his own trip “was an experience I couldn’t have gotten from any film, any book, any website. Being there and seeing things is something that is irreplaceable.”

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Sarah Brown lauds leaders

By Jay Grenby, July 4, 2008

The Prime Minister’s wife, Sarah Brown, was at Edgware and District Reform Synagogue to present certificates to the 23 young graduates of its leadership programme.

“This is a shining example of a truly thriving community,” Mrs Brown told them. “You have worked so hard these past two years, and I am sure you understand the great responsibility and opportunity you now have to lead the way. You have the qualities to help nurture and inspire those around you.”

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