Community life

Cardiff members veto help for buying minister’s house

September 4, 2008

Cardiff United Synagogue members have rejected their rabbi's request for assistance to buy a house.
Thirty-six of the 64 congregants at an extraordinary general meeting on Sunday opposed the shul council's recommendation that Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg jointly purchase a property with the synagogue. Under the proposal, the synagogue's share would have been up to one-third of the house value. The shul has a membership of 252.

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Big Simcha for London

September 4, 2008

Last year's cultural extravaganza attracted an estimated 25,000 revellers to Trafalgar Square, and a similar crowd is anticipated on September 14, when the headliners of a varied musical bill will be Grammy-winning New York ensemble the Klezmatics. Shofar-blowers of all ages will join in a mass blast and there will also be youth choirs, dance groups, exhibitions, children's activities and books, jewellery, music and arts stalls.

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Leeds tenants ‘struggle to afford food and fuel’

By John Fisher, September 2, 2008

Many Leeds Jewish Housing Association tenants on its Moortown estates are having to choose between food and warmth because of escalating living costs.

Addressing an event staged to raise awareness of environmental issues and promoting fuel efficiency, LJHA project director Craig Simons reported that many occupants were struggling to meet rising food and fuel prices.

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Pupils ‘face bullying and prejudice’

September 2, 2008

Tales of bullying and discrimination suffered by Jewish pupils at secular schools were recounted in Central London on Tuesday at the summer meeting of the Association of Jewish Sixth-Formers.

One sixth-former said he had been accused of killing Christ. Others spoke of fellow pupils' misunderstandings about Israel and the pressures Jews faced to assimilate - for example, to go out with schoolfriends on Friday evenings, or to eat at McDonald's.

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Langdon in US exchange

By Craig Silver, September 2, 2008

A young learning-disabled Londoner is off to America next week as the first Langdon Community resident to participate in a ground-breaking exchange initiative.

Ben Golden, 24, will travel to Boston with a carer from the charity, which helps Jews with learning difficulties with accommodation, employment and social issues. He will spend two weeks at the Justice Resource Institute — another supported-living community — working with its maintenance team.

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Cross-Britain cyclist’s wheels of fortune

August 28, 2008

After a golden week for British cyclists in Beijing, 18-year-old Nathaniel Harris has been a charitable winner, completing a Lands End to John O'Groats cycle.

Riding in support of Zaka - which coordinates the volunteer response to emergencies in Israel - the Edgware teenager was in the saddle for 12 days, existing on a diet of pot noodles, avocados, bananas and chocolate. He rested only on Shabbat, "somewhere south of the Yorkshire Dales".

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New US shul appoints minister

August 22, 2008

Rabbi Avi Scharf has been appointed minister of the United Synagogue's newest congregation, Hendon-based Alei Tzion.

Currently a senior rabbi at Ohr Torah Stone Yeshiva High School in Jerusalem, he will also be the rabbinic scholar in residence at the London School of Jewish Studies and head the kollel at Immanuel College, Bushey.

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Girls join emergency crews

August 22, 2008

The emergency services answered the call of a Stamford Hill summer scheme for over 400 girls aged from five to 11.

Organisers of the S Pinter Youth Project invited representatives of the local police, fire and ambulance services to give an insight into their work - and to bring along their emergency vehicles. And the girls were dressed up for the occasion as Asda donated police, army and nurse uniforms, plus medical play kits.

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Young Norwood attracts legal aid

August 22, 2008

A new brief for London lawyer Rachael Davis is the co-chairmanship of Young Norwood.

The 26-year-old restructuring and insolvency specialist with Olswang began her involvement with the charity two years ago through the Young Norwood lawyers' committee, which she went on to co-chair.

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Safety first for JLGB

August 22, 2008

The Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade is the first Jewish youth group to be accredited under a national scheme recognising organisations which provide a safe environment for young people.

Administered by the National Council for Voluntary Youth Service, the Sound Systems scheme covers child protection, safe activities and the training of staff and volunteers.

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