Community life

Prestwich shul expands

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2008

Construction has begun on a synagogue building in Prestwich for the Shaarei Tefilla strictly Orthodox congregation.

The two-storey synagogue is a £675,000 redevelopment of a disused Methodist church, whose hall has housed the community since 1994.

Nine people attended its first service in 1992, held in the living room of founder Rabbi Moshe Segal. There are now 115 predominantly young member families, who are meeting the building costs. A further influx of members is expected with the opening of the synagogue.

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Positive dialogue as mosque group joins youth camp

August 14, 2008

In a first for Liberal Judaism's Kadimah summer camp, participants were joined by a group of boys from Luton Central Mosque for a day of learning and games.

The Jews and Muslims played football and board games and enjoyed lunch in a tent on the lawns of the camp at Cottesmore School, near Crawley, West Sussex. They then spent more than an hour in a large informal discussion, asking one another questions about the differences - and similarities - between Judaism and Islam.

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Brits party with Ethiopian twins

August 14, 2008

UJIA marked the the tenth year of its British and Ethiopian bar and batmitzvah programme with its largest-ever celebration in Jerusalem.

Forty Ethiopian immigrant children from a Jewish Agency absorption centre joined their British "twins". Eight families made the trip from London, four from Manchester and four from Scotland.

The ceremony was held at Jerusalem's Great Synagogue and Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger blessed the celebrants.

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Lib-Dem defends ‘Nazi’ traffic charge remark

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2008

A Stockport Lib-Dem councillor is standing by his comparison of the proposed Manchester congestion charge with Nazi propaganda.

Manchester Jewish leaders were outraged by the comment by Councillor Kevin Hogg, made in the context of his claim that the city's transport authority was misinforming the public to win support for the plans. "As propaganda, it is nearly as bad as the Nazis in the Second World War," he said.

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Kind kid is rewarded

August 14, 2008

Twelve-year-old Dani Jacobson was runner-up in the Channel Five search for "Britain's Kindest Kids", presented by Natasha Kaplinsky.

The North London Collegiate pupil received 35 per cent of the vote for a 22-mile swim with her learning disabled sister Talya which raised over £23,000, mostly for Norwood.

And as the contest winner, Liam Fairhurst, offered to share his £1,000 prize with the four other finalists, Dani will be handing over a further £200 to the charity.

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£100k grant for Scottish Council of Jewish Communities

August 7, 2008
The Scottish government is giving £100,000 to the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities over the next three years to develop a variety of projects. These include outreach work with isolated Jews in rural areas and a Scottish version of the Jewish Way of Life exhibition. SCJC chair Walter Sneader said the award reflected the "remarkable working relationship" the council had built up with the government.

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‘Serious concerns’ over school proposal

By Jay Grenby, August 7, 2008

A contentious planning application for the redevelopment of the Edgware Jewish Primary School site in Hale Lane was this week withdrawn at the request of Barnet Council.

In a statement to the JC on Wednesday, the council said it had "raised some serious concerns around the proposal in its current state. We are very keen to continue to work with the applicant to find a satisfactory outcome."

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Stamford Hill bakery closes

By Craig Silver, August 7, 2008

One of the oldest bakeries in Stamford Hill will shut up shop today.

Ross Kosher Bakery has served the local community for over 50 years and been a family-run business for 20. But now owner Leslie Cantor has decided to retire.

Shop manager Ellie Cantor, 34, who has been working with his father for 10 years, said the day would be an emotional one for the family. "It really is the end of an era for us, but my family and I feel the time is right to make the next step.

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Like father, like son at Northwood shul

August 7, 2008

Son will replace father as the spiritual head of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue tomorrow when Rabbi Aaron Goldstein is inducted as senior minister.

As the 38-year-old rabbi takes charge, his father, Rabbi Andrew Goldstein, will become emeritus minister. At the same service, Rabbi Hillel Athias-Robles will be inducted as assistant minister.

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Museum recruits top curator

August 7, 2008

London's Jewish Museum has recruited an Israeli expert as its new curator for Judaica.

Sarah Harel Hoshen has been working for the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Tel Aviv, where her roles have included acting chief curator and director of changing exhibitions. She has also served the Israel Museum and the Jerusalem City Museum. She will succeed Jennifer Marin, who is retiring after 20 years.

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