Community life

Schools unite in interfaith celebration

December 9, 2009

Pupils at the Akiva Primary in Finchley were joined by their Catholic counterparts from the neighbouring St Theresa’s School to celebrate the presentation of an award to interfaith relations pioneer Sir Sigmund Sternberg by the former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

The pupils gave performances about Chanucah and Christmas before Sir Sigmund received a star to add to his papal knighthood, awarded in 1985 in recognition of efforts to promote relations between Jews and Catholics.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey also addressed the gathering.


Chief praises leading couple

By Jay Grenby, December 9, 2009

Lord Sacks told Northwood Synagogue congregants on Sunday that Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman and his wife Ilana made an “outstanding” team.

Conducting the induction of Rabbi Freedman, the Chief Rabbi reminded guests that with the couple respectively holding a Ph.D in medical physics and a degree in pharmacology, they could offer both spiritual and physical support.

“If one doesn’t work, they can try the other,” he suggested. “And as your new rabbi is a specialist in non-invasive surgery, either way, it won’t hurt!”


Rosh Pinah head is to stand down

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2009

Rosh Pinah Jewish Primary head Anthea Abery is to retire at the end of term.

Ms Abery, 61, said she had been waiting until the recent completion of an Ofsted inspection at the 472-pupil school.

Deputy head Judy Greenberg will become acting head and the school will advertise for Ms Abery’s replacement in the new year.

She was appointed head in 2003 after five years in the deputy’s role.


Starring roles for women in East Enders’ special

December 9, 2009

Twelve women aged from 43 to 92 took part in an eshet chayil (women of valour) ceremony on Sunday at Jewish Care’s Stepney Jewish Day Centre.

A first for the charity, it was the idea of Joyce Saffron, a volunteer at the centre for over 50 years. “I kept hearing about men who were having a second barmitzvah and thought — why not have a ceremony for women?”


JCoSS deputy's job is 'too good to miss'

December 3, 2009

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Girls’ sixth-form head Patrick Moriarty has been appointed deputy head of JCoSS, the Jewish Community Secondary School opening in Barnet next September. He starts his duties in January.

Prior to joining Haberdashers — where he also co-ordinated the programme for gifted students — Mr Moriarty, 43, taught at voluntary aided schools including the highly regarded Latymer in Edmonton.


Soul Train journeys to Scotland

By Stephanie Brickman, December 3, 2009

In what has been dubbed the “Kosher Ceilidh”, Israeli cultural outreach organisation Soul Train has completed an 11-stop tour of Scotland, bringing music, dancing and stories to communities as far-flung as Ayrshire, Isle of Skye and Lochgilphead.

The two musicians, David Weinreb and Danny Dor-El, also entertained students in St Andrews as well as stopping off at the Calderwood Lodge Primary in Glasgow and the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation cheder.


Jcore wins lottery cash

December 3, 2009

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £47,000 to the Jewish Council for Racial Equality for a two-year education project on the Kindertransport. The aim is both to reflect the experience of young people who came to Britain to flee Hitler and to understand the lives of child refugees in the UK today.


Rabbis ride for a greener future

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

Rabbis will lead a bike ride from Edgware to Radlett Synagogue to promote sustainable living in the Jewish community.

The Jewcycle has been organised by the London School of Jewish Studies’ responsibility unit and the United Synagogue’s Project Chesed.

It will start with a shofar blast on Sunday, the day before the Copenhagen Conference on climate change.


Aaronovitch’s league fixture

December 3, 2009

The Iraq inquiry and the appearance of BNP leader Nick Griffin on Question Time were among topics discussed by journalist and broadcaster David Aaronovitch at a League of Jewish Women event in central London.

Interviewed by league president Ella Marks, he said that while the Iraq inquiry was “an important historical exercise, those who are looking for answers will be disappointed other than to enjoy the theatre of it”.


Ealing promoting relative values at 90

By Jay Grenby, December 3, 2009

Among the 200 guests at Ealing Synagogue’s 90th anniversary dinner were people with links to the shul’s earliest days.

Jerrold Assersohn’s late father David was one of the founder members of the congregation in 1919. Also present were Evelyn Shindler, daughter of Max Kanal, the other founder member, and Marion Crystal, whose parents were the first couple to be married at the synagogue in 1921.