Community life

Sarah Brown meets JLGB

By Jessica Ware, July 31, 2008

Thirty members of the Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade's Israel tour spent an afternoon with Gordon Brown's wife Sarah in Jerusalem last week.

Mrs Brown, who accompanied the Prime Minister on his Israel trip, met the JLGB group on the steps of the King David Hotel. She shared her impressions of Israel and heard about the brigade party's tour experiences during a question-and-answer interchange.


Silverman is high on the Radlett Rayder

By Jessica Ware, July 31, 2008

A former Immanuel College head girl is the new head of Radlett Synagogue's 175-pupil cheder, Rayder.

Leah Silverman, 25, replaces Suzy Jaeger, who will be taking up a post with the nursery at Edgware Jewish Primary School. Mrs Jaeger has been with Rayder for seven of its nine years, serving as head for the last three.

She was presented with a silver seder plate at a ceremony on the last day of term attended by pupils and community leaders including Rabbi Ariel Abel.


All-day opening plan for Edgware nursery

By Jay Grenby, July 31, 2008

The private Gan Kinneret nursery based at Edgware Synagogue is extending its opening hours and taking in babies as young as 12 months to meet the needs of the growing band of local mums in full-time employment.

Until now, the nursery has been open on weekday mornings, taking in 40 children between the ages of two and five, half of whom stay on for lunch and an extra hour of play. But from September, it will open from 8am until 5pm and accept children from the age of one.


Maccabi GB reaching record numbers

July 31, 2008

Maccabi GB is reaching a record number of people, according to newly released figures.

Chairman Stuart Greenberg reports that 12,795 people were involved in Maccabi activities during the first half of the year. That is almost 50 per cent up on the 8,575 total for the equivalent period in 2007.

There was a 20 per cent rise in involvement in Streetwise, the personal safety and development scheme. Participation in its school sports programmes was up by over 40 per cent.


Schools’ positive lesson for interfaith relations

By Jessica Ware, July 31, 2008

A Wimbledon Jewish kindergarten staged a parenting workshop with a Brixton Muslim school as part of a pilot school-linking scheme.

Over 50 parents, children and teachers from the Apples and Honey Nursery and the Iqra School took part in activities such as counting up to 10 in Arabic and Hebrew and a treasure hunt on Wimbledon common.


Row over South Manchester Synagogue opening hours

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 31, 2008

Neighbours of South Manchester Synagogue in The Firs, Bowdon, are upset at the granting of an extension in opening hours for the shul's functions hall.

Residents of the quiet suburb tried to block the extension application at a council planning meeting, citing parking and noise issues. The functions suite can accommodate 300 people but there is limited parking space. However, the council granted a licence for opening until midnight for a 12-month trial period.


Manchester Rabbi quits

July 31, 2008

Rabbi Yehoshua Landes will leave Manchester's Prestwich Hebrew Congregation shortly after Pesach 2009, by which time he will have completed 10 years of service to the community.

A brief statement this week gave no indication of the minister's future plans and neither the shul nor Rabbi Landes were prepared to go beyond it.


Peace talks defuse Brighton nursery dispute

By Cecily Woolf, July 31, 2008

A contentious plan by Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation to relocate the local Jewish nursery may be shelved after last-minute negotiations.

Accepting children from across the Jewish spectrum, the nursery has operated rent-free from a New Church Road, Hove, building for 30 years. However, the Hebrew congregation says it urgently needs income from the site "to fund a full-time rabbi".


Minister applauds Redbridge welfare

By Craig Silver, July 31, 2008

Health Minister Ivan Lewis praised the work of Jewish Care after touring three of its welfare facilities in Redbridge on Wednesday afternoon.

The visit, arranged at the minister's request, gave him the opportunity to speak to careers, volunteers and clients.


Manchester stalwart Olsberg dies

July 31, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has led the numerous tributes to long-serving Manchester minister Rev Leslie Olsberg, who died on Sunday, aged 86.

Mr Olsberg was minister of Heaton Park Hebrew Congregation for 36 years and was chaplain to a range of organisations. His MBE in 2007 recognised 60 years' service to the Manchester community.

He was admitted to North Manchester General Hospital, where he died, after breaking his hip last week. Nurses attempted to contact the Jewish chaplain only to discover that Mr Olsberg still held that role.