Community life

'A different kind of rabbi' hailed by Chief

By Jay Grenby, May 16, 2008

Edgware Synagogue’s new minister is “a very different kind of rabbi”, Sir Jonathan Sacks told a 600-strong congregation on Sunday.

Addressing the induction service for Rabbi David Lister, the Chief Rabbi remarked that there were few ministers who could claim to be “adept on the violin and guitar, versed in French literature, astronomy and quantum physics, as well as author of a forthcoming book entitled Inter-Galactic Judaism, or whose induction sermon for his former Muswell Hill congregation had embraced an ode to a Harley-Davidson motorbike.”

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Miriam walks tall for Norwood

May 16, 2008

An 11-year-old Southgate girl became the youngest participant in the five-year history of Norwood’s Waterside Walk when she completed 10 miles in Sunday’s fundraiser, which took in some spectacular scenery in Berkshire and Surrey.

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Ralli Hall recieves major facelift

May 16, 2008

The Ralli Hall community centre has received a major facelift. The oak floor in the Great Hall has been revarnished, many windows have been replaced with double-glazing, and 100 banqueting chairs have been bought. Chairman Roger Abrahams said that he hoped that a concert of “homegrown” talent, to be held in November, would recoup “a good chunk” of the cost.

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Welfare homes score highly in inspections

By Leon Symons, May 9, 2008

Norwood and Jewish Care establishments have earned top marks in a new national inspection ratings system.

The Commission for Social Care Inspection this week launched a star scheme for Britain’s 4,000 care homes, ranging from three stars for excellent to zero for poor.

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Appeal for Burma

May 9, 2008

International aid charity World Jewish Relief has launched an emergency appeal for victims of the Burma cyclone.

WJR says that food, cooking equipment, health kits, mosquito nets, water purification tablets and plastic sheeting are urgently required.

Chief executive Paul Anticoni urged the community to rally to the aid of survivors. “Access for aid agencies is heavily restricted but WJR will endeavour to work as closely as possible with potential partners on the ground.” The aim was to help those most affected, “by providing clean water, sanitation resources and safe shelter”.

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Liverpool joins Limmud club

By Sue Greenberg, May 9, 2008

Merseyside’s first Limmud day was a sell-out success, with 500 people attending the event at Liverpool’s Hope University on Bank Holiday Monday. Almost 40 sessions covered topics from genealogy to Yiddish swing and Rabbi Zvi Solomons of Princes Road Synagogue complimented organisers on “the amazing mix of superb speakers”.

Teaching Judaism

May 9, 2008

A major educational resource on Judaism in Britain and beyond will be launched at a Westminster reception next week.

Over two years in the making, the interactive Jewish Way of Life CD-ROM was developed by the Board of Deputies in partnership with the Pears Foundation and World Ort. Copies will be distributed to schools throughout the country.

It features material on Jewish history, the festivals, food and prayer. It is supported by a website guide for teachers.

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Gloucester opener

May 9, 2008

Twenty-three people attended the inaugural service of the Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community, held last Friday at the Cheltenham home of David and Sue Naydorf.

The service was conducted by Liberal Judaism outreach director Rabbi Aaron Goldstein and the fledgeling community reports “excellent feedback”. Another service is planned for tonight with a garden party next month.

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Northwood looks to a growth in numbers

By Jay Grenby, May 9, 2008

Northwood Synagogue is taking a long, hard look at its future — and trying to ensure it is a rosy one.

A committee headed by board member David Davis has been examining a number of the issues which will impact on its long-term prospects.

Its initial findings were outlined to last Thursday’s AGM, where the 100 members present heard committee member Stuart Soloway speak optimistically about expansion.

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United and Reform's joint event

By Jay Grenby, May 9, 2008

Members of Radlett’s United and Reform synagogues seized on an opportunity to set religious differences aside as they enjoyed a joint Yom Atzmaut celebration on Wednesday.

Although the third occasion that the congregations have got together for Israel’s birthday, it was the first time that they had used the cross-communal Clore Shalom Primary in Shenley as the venue.

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