Community life

‘Anti-Lubavitch’ row in Brighton

By Cecily Woolf, September 11, 2008

Over 50 Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation members are demanding an EGM to protest against what they see as anti-Lubavitch sentiments by the shul's management.

They want Lubavitch rabbi Herschel Rader to be given a permanent contract when his temporary deal expires on November 1.

The synagogue board has refused to commit itself on a rabbinical appointment.

Brighton and Hove's last incumbent, Rabbi Pesach Efune, is also a Lubavitch minister. He resigned in May 2007 for personal reasons.

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Jump start on divorce

September 4, 2008

A support and lobbying group for improved relations between divorced or separated parents and their children has launched a new information website.

Through the www.jump-parenting.org.uk site, Jewish Unity for Multiple Parenting (Jump) gives details of key family-law case judgments, publications on family-related issues and resources to counteract "parental alienation". There are also links to communal and parenting support groups.

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£3m homes are named after rabbi

September 4, 2008

MerseYside's latest housing project has been named in honour of Allerton Hebrew Congregation emeritus rabbi Malcolm Malits.

The £3 million Malcolm Malits Court, run by the Liverpool Jewish Housing Association, comprises 24 flats offering sheltered accommodation for up to 58 residents. It shares the site of the newly rebuilt Allerton shul, which Rabbi Malits, 83, has served for over 40 years.

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Interfaith Ramadan

September 4, 2008

The organiser of a month of events to celebrate Ramadan has appealed to Anglo-Jewry for support.
An early highlight of the Ramadan Festival was a Balagan Boogaloo - "a night of storming Islamic and Hebraic hip-hop from some of the world's best" - in Shoreditch, East London, last Thursday. The Jewish Community Centre and Young UJIA were partners in the evening.

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Teachers get a lesson

September 4, 2008

Northern England's first Holocaust teacher-training seminar was held at Manchester's Imperial War Museum North last week.

Survivor Norbert Herz spoke in public for the first time about his escape from Nazi Germany. There were also contributions from Johannes Houwink ten Cate from Amsterdam's Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and two Shoah experts from Paris. Local Jewish historian Bill Williams drew from his upcoming book on Holocaust refugees in Manchester.

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New exhibit to educate about Shoah

September 4, 2008

A £750,000 Holocaust exhibition for children will open in Nottinghamshire on Monday.

"The Journey" is the latest addition to the Holocaust Centre, founded by brothers Stephen and James Smith. It follows the story of a fictional Jewish child, Leo Stein.

Visitors will see Leo's home, street and school and his father's shop. Also included is the boy's "hiding space" and the carriage that transports him to safety in England. The exhibit further incorporates the stories of many children who survived Nazi persecution.

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Care plea for £150k

September 4, 2008

Jewish Care is hoping to raise £150,000 from its Rosh Hashanah appeal, which focuses on the care and support shown to its residents.

The featured character is Sharon Arad, social-care coordinator at Clore Manor in Hendon. In a letter to donors, Jewish Care chief executive Simon Morris highlights the lengths Mrs Arad and her colleagues go to help clients and their relatives - from "picking up flowers to welcome a new resident to helping to organise a shivah.

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Kingston bids farewell

By Jay Grenby, September 4, 2008

A tea party attended by 150 Kingston Synagogue members was the last of a series of farewell events for minister Rabbi David Mason and his family.

Past chairman David Lawson recounted some of the many innovations of the rabbi - who has joined Muswell Hill Synagogue - among them a weekly "Whisky and Talmud" course which put the spirit into spiritual.

In deference to the minister's love of the Beatles, current chairman Anthony Cowen managed to include 18 of the Fab Four's song titles in his five-minute address.

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Manchester shul’s last service before merger

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 4, 2008

The Central and North Synagogue in Manchester will close after the Shabbat service.

Membership has dwindled to little more than 100, making the upkeep of its imposing Leicester Road premises uneconomic. The shul will merge with Stenecourt Synagogue.

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Health director to quit

September 4, 2008

Ms Collin said she is sad to be leaving JAT, formerly known as the Jewish Aids Trust. "I have been privileged to work with a dedicated team of trustees, staff and volunteers." Having started out educating on HIV prevention, "we have broadened our scope into the wider sexual health field and are delivering workshops to 4,000 young people a year in JFS, King Solomon High, Yavneh College and several Jewish primary schools, plus members of all our major youth organisations and their youth leaders".

She takes up her post at Shaare Zedek in November.

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