Community life

‘Kinder’ who fled the Nazis plan big reunion

By Marcus Dysch, September 19, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks and historian Sir Martin Gilbert will address what could be the last major gathering of Kindertransport refugees to Britain.

November's event at JFS's Kenton premises marks the 70th anniversary of the Kindertransport and the Association of Jewish Refugees is hoping for a large turnout of former Kinder and their families.

In November 1938, the British government altered its refugee policy to allow entry to unaccompanied youngsters under the age of 17 fleeing the Nazis.


Bournemouth shul considers relocating

By Corinne Rein, September 19, 2008

Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation may be on the move from its Wootton Garden premises, members have been informed in a letter from the synagogue executive.

Shul president Harvey Lipsith stressed that the search for a new site is in its infancy.

"A planning committee has been meeting for several months to review the feasibility for relocating," he explained.

"Although a move is not imminent, it was felt necessary to advise the congregation, and to seek their approval.


Ramadan fast ends in shul

By Charlotte Fisher, September 19, 2008

Muslims were invited to the New London Synagogue in St John's Wood on Tuesday for an Iftar meal to break the daily fast during Ramadan.

Alif-Aleph, promoting interfaith dialogue, has organised an annual Iftar event since 2003, celebrating similarities in the religions, traditions and food of Jews and Muslims.

"It's a great opportunity to meet and talk to Muslims," said New London member Vera Morris as guests tucked into a buffet of salmon bagels, cakes and dates.


A dog’s life is profitable for Maccabi

September 12, 2008

"Fifty dogs and not a single fight" was the proud boast of Valerie Herman, organiser of Maccabi GB's first Community Dog Walk fundraiser on Sunday.


School gets £250k facelift

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 12, 2008

A £250,000 refurbishment programme is under way at Manchester's Broughton Jewish Primary.
Funded by a local authority grant, the project will provide tutor rooms and a remodelled reception area and administrative offices.

The building work - due to be completed in January - reflects a growing pupil population. "The number of students increases every year," governor Leonard Seitler said.


Heritage tours pull in the crowds on culture day

By Jay Grenby, September 12, 2008

Sunday’s British contribution to the European Day of Jewish Culture and Heritage kicked-off a programme which will see over 10,000 people attend 75 connected events.

This year, much of the programme is based on a musical theme, prompting an emphasis on performances of classical, liturgical and popular works. Also organised are exhibitions, walks, guided tours and open days.


Cancer woman’s artistic appeal

By Jay Grenby, September 12, 2008

Bringing a personal touch to Chai Cancer Care's Rosh Hashanah appeal card, the artwork is by a Hertfordshire woman who has benefited from the charity's services.

The original painting was produced and signed by Syd - her daughter's nickname for her - at one of Chai's weekly art therapy classes for clients at its Hendon premises.

The appeal card is being sent to 11,500 households, giving Syd "a tremendous thrill to know that my work will be seen by so many people".


Report cards from CST

September 12, 2008

In a bid to assist the reporting of antisemitic incidents to the Community Security Trust, the CST is distributing 4,000 "Taking Responsibility" cards at Jewish shops, restaurants, synagogues and other communal locations across London.

The wallet-friendly cards contain contact details for the CST. The trust wants to make the cards available nationwide.

CST communications director Mark Gardner said: "We are trying to ensure that our community knows the CST is there for them and that together we can do our utmost to tackle antisemitism."


Home win on finance

September 12, 2008

The chairman of Leeds residential home Donisthorpe Hall has dismissed speculation that a £2.2 million wing would be delayed because of the credit crunch. But a major refurbishment scheme is under threat.

Geoffrey Caplan said the 21-bed, state-of-the art dementia unit was half-finished and "will definitely be completed early next year".

However, tougher economic conditions had forced the postponement of the £3.5 million plan to refurbish parts of the premises.


MDA’s big pledge

September 12, 2008

Manchester's Magen David Adom UK committee has pledged to raise £800,000 within three years for the refurbishment of the MDA station in Hadera.

Manchester MDA chairman Jeremy Hart said the appeal would be formally launched at its 2009 dinner, at which Ruby Wax will be guest speaker.