Community life

Brown praises head

By Jay Grenby, April 25, 2008

Tributes from Gordon Brown and Ed Balls to Wolfson Hillel Primary head Sharon Margolis were read out at a retirement lunch for Mrs Margolis, who has left the Southgate school after 15 years.

Praising the commitment and vision of Mrs Margolis, Mr Brown wrote that “at Wolfson-Hillel, you have built up a great school”. In his message, Mr Balls, the Education Secretary, noted that “the excellent facilities and reputation the school now enjoys is due to your leadership skills”.

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Changing times at Kenton

April 25, 2008

Maccabi’s Kenton centre has a new name — Kulanu, the Hebrew for “all of us together” — as part of a redevelopment programme.

Former Maccabi GB chairman Richard Feldman, who has been involved in the Kenton centre since its inception 30 years ago, said: “Changes had to be made for the centre to remain relevant. A view was taken that the traditional Jewish youth club, catering for fixed age groups, was no longer an appropriate model.”

After extensive refurbishment, the premises now include a modern cushioned gym floor and a snooker room with full-sized table.

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Salmond takes flak over SNP’s stance on Middle East

By Lindy Markson, April 25, 2008

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond was pressed on his Scottish National Party’s perceived lack of support for Israel when he addressed 200 Glasgow Jews last Thursday at Mearns Castle High School in Newton Mearns.

Mr Salmond had remarked that the Palestinians needed to be “more self-sustainable”, adding: “I am pessimistic on the current situation and believe that agreement between the parties is less likely now than eight years ago. There may have been a solution had [Yitzhak] Rabin lived.”

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Charity moving

April 25, 2008

Staff and volunteers from Jewish Care’s Golders Green head office, Stuart Young House, will decamp temporarily to Colindale early next month to enable work to start on a £40 million multi-purpose care campus.

This incorporates a 54-bed care home, 45 “extra care” supported living apartments, a day centre and the charity’s offices. Building work is expected to take two-and-a-half years.

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The Fed swears by Geldof

April 18, 2008

Sir Bob Geldof used his legendary fundraising kills to profitable effect for The Fed — Manchester Jewry’s leading social-care charity — last Thursday.

The humanitarian champion and Live Aid front man was guest speaker at The Fed’s dinner at the Sheridan Suite, Eastlands, drawing a sell-out crowd of over 600, including a number of new Fed supporters.

Speaking without notes, Sir Bob entertained his audience with a 45-minute address containing only a small number of his trademark expletives.

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MP’s aide dies after surgery

By Neil Wolfson, April 18, 2008

Bury South MP Ivan Lewis has led the tributes to friend and colleague Warren Flood, who died last week aged 41 at Fairfield Hospital, where he underwent back surgery.

Mr Flood, a former councillor, had been employed by the MP as a support worker and Mr Lewis was among the 250 mourners at the funeral at Rainsough Jewish Cemetery on Tuesday.

“We are united in our shock and grief that such a special young man should be taken from us in the prime of his life,” he said. “I have lost a special friend, the people of Bury a true gentleman — simply one of the best.”

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Help offered to find Seder places

By Jodie Mablin, April 18, 2008

Community organisations have been striving to ensure that no one is denied a place at a Seder table.

Small-communities minister the Rev Malcolm Weisman has fielded calls from throughout the country from people wanting to join a Seder. Rev Weisman, who will this year be conducting a Seder for the Jersey community, stressed the importance of not turning anyone away.

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Extra time at Tesco

April 18, 2008

Prestwich Tesco will be opening its doors at one minute past midnight on Monday April 28 to allow customers to restock their kitchens after Pesach.

Store manager Joe Leeson said: “We have a lot of loyal customers in Manchester and we are aware of their shopping needs at specific times of the year.”

As previously reported in the JC, the Tesco in Brent Cross will also be opening specially just after midnight following the festival.

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Laniado's Haggadah is in big demand

April 18, 2008

Over £10,000 has been raised for Netanya’s Laniado Hospital from sales of the Laniado Haggadah by its UK support group and specialist bookshops.

Sponsored by Nicole and Yoyo Allalouf, the Haggadah includes illustrations by young Laniado patients.

More than 450 copies have been purchased, with an order for 50 placed by Merrill Lynch vice-president Victor Polak, who said: “It is a great honour to assist in this project for a special hospital like Laniado, serving all faiths and races.”

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Darfur protest

By Neil Wolfson, April 18, 2008

Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs was among a large Jewish presence at Sunday’s fifth annual London protest rally against the genocide in Darfur.

Mr Isaacs, Board of Deputies president Henry Grunwald, JC columnist Jonathan Freedland and several hundred Jewish students were among the 2,000 people outside the Sudanese embassy. Students wore T-shirts bearing the slogan: “Never Again? It’s Happening Right Now”.

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