Community life

Balls backs primary age Shoah education

By Craig Silver, May 30, 2008

A Holocaust survivor has told Children, Schools and Families Secretary Ed Balls of the importance of educating primary pupils against antisemitism.

Joanna Millan met Mr Balls at the UK Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire last Friday where the minister was supporting a forthcoming Holocaust exhibition, The Journey, aimed at primary-age children.

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£2.2 care project launched

May 30, 2008

Eighty Jewish Care supporters gathered in Edgware on Wednesday to mark the start of a £2.2 million mental health resource project.

The foundation stone for the Martin Cohen Centre for Wellbeing was laid by Marcia Feldman, the driving force behind the scheme.

It will herald a significant change in the charity’s delivery of services for those with mental health needs, moving away from the traditional model of a day care centre and offering a wide range of treatments and therapies.

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Changes planned for Ravenswood

May 30, 2008

Changes are planned to Norwood’s Ravenswood Village residential community in Berkshire in line with revised government policy that only those with complex disabilities should be placed in such communities.

The moves also reflect the findings of an internal review which have been shown to staff.

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Scotland’s kosher bakery closes

By Lindy Markson, May 30, 2008

Scotland’s sole bakery under kashrut supervision closed suddenly in Glasgow last week.

The Star Bakery supplied kosher bread to Calderwood Lodge Jewish Primary, two delicatessens, a catering company and Glasgow charitable organisations. No one from the bakery was available for comment.

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Young thugs attack Leeds blind man

By Craig Silver, May 30, 2008

A blind man sustained facial injuries in a vicious attack by a group of youths outside a Leeds shopping centre on Sunday.

Simon Rosenstone, 28, of Alwoodley, suffered a bloodied nose and a black eye in the random attack as he walked towards the bus stop on Infirmary Street. He was punched and kicked before managing to escape. Two women who witnessed the attack took him to Holbeck police station.

“It was a cowardly assault”, Mr Rosenstone told the JC. “I don’t believe there was a racial motive. They were just thugs.”

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Care centre's parking plea

By Lee Lixenberg, May 30, 2008

Jewish Care is pleading with Redbridge Council parking chiefs to adopt a common sense approach to drivers leaving their cars near the Vi and John Rubens and Dennis centres in Gants Hill, following complaints about over-officious wardens.

Among the complainants is Chigwell pensioner Stanley Posner, who was given a parking ticket outside Rubens House while visiting his 101-year-old mother-in-law.

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Board hailed for standing up to hatred

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 23, 2008

Combating antisemitism is the model for stamping out hatred in Britain and forging inter-communal cohesion, two leading Merseyside politicians told Sunday’s Board of Deputies meeting at Liverpool’s town hall.

Praising the Board for its work with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antisemitism, Riverside Labour MP Louise Ellman said that anti-Jewish sentiment and the electoral advances of the BNP were issues that resonated beyond national borders.

The Board, she declared, was “standing up for all people to take a positive stand against hate”.

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Rabbi designs the 'first Jewish tartan'

May 23, 2008

Glasgow Shul in the Park minister Rabbi Mendel Jacobs claims to have created the world’s first Jewish tartan.

Having consulted religious leaders and the Scottish Tartans’ Authority, Rabbi Jacobs set out to design a tartan which would reflect Scotland’s Jewish history. “As a Scottish-born rabbi, I felt it important to celebrate the rich tapestry of culture and history we share. Jews have been an integral part of Scottish culture for more than 300 years, with the first Jew recorded in Edinburgh in 1691.”

Barnet's members vote for full US status

By Jay Grenby, May 23, 2008

Barnet Synagogue members voted overwhelmingly on Monday to upgrade from affiliated status to full constituent membership of the United Synagogue. Shul chairman Paul Kleinman said the change was “at the right time” and “on the right terms” for the congregation.

At an extraordinary general meeting, over 100 members heard Mr Kleinman outline the benefits to the congregation, and US vice-president Geoff Hartnell explain the US’s responsibilities. Following a lively debate,  around 90 per cent backed the board’s recommendation to upgrade.

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Hello Dolly: you're 105

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 23, 2008

Big celebrations were planned yesterday at the Heathlands home in Manchester, where resident Dolly Phillips was due to celebrate her 105th birthday.