Community life

Joy over leading role

October 8, 2009

Manchester Reform Synagogue has appointed Frankie Stubbs as youth leader.

The 20-year-old student will be working with youngsters at the Jackson’s Row community for at least 12 months. “There are plenty of events happening throughout the year and I can’t wait to get everyone involved,” she said.

Miss Stubbs was raised in Southport and has been a youth leader with RSY Netzer, organising summer camps and weekend events. She is currently in her second year of a youth studies degree at Nottingham Trent University.


Succah in the City

October 8, 2009

Law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner hosted a “Succah in the City” for more than 150 members of London’s Jewish business community on Tuesday.

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks was the guest of honour and former Lloyds Banking Group chairman Sir Victor Blank was also among those present.

The large succah was set up at BLP’s London Bridge offices on a terrace overlooking the River Thames. It was also made available by BLP to UJIA and the Tel Aviv University Trust for breakfast events.


Breakaway group finds Southern comfort

By Cathy Forman, October 8, 2009

The breakaway group from Bournemouth Reform Synagogue has given itself a title — the Southern Reform Community.

Over 80 people supported the group’s Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at the local Carrington Hotel. “The atmosphere was amazing,” reported former Bournemouth Reform officer Melanie Smith. “Many agreed it was the best set of High Holy-Day services they had attended for years.”


Skeet gets a facelift

October 8, 2009

Kent-based kosher residential facility Skeet Hill House has reopened following a £1.5 million upgrade funded by communal donations.

Head teachers and youth organisation leaders were among the 70 guests at a reception to mark the refurbishment.

Skeet is administered by the Bradians Trust, whose chairman Michael Black thanked donors, particularly the Jewish Youth Fund.

Sandra Waldman was recently appointed manager of Skeet and bookings are already being accepted for 2011.


WJR's plea for quake victims

October 8, 2009

World Jewish Relief has launched an emergency appeal to assist those affected by the Indonesian earthquake.

The United, Reform and Liberal movements are among those backing the appeal, to provide desperately needed clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and emergency healthcare for residents of Padang, one of Sumatra’s largest cities with a population of 900,000. WJR chief executive Paul Anticoni said: “We will be working with trusted partners on the ground to ensure that all funds raised will directly benefit those who need them most.”


Bagel bakery is in hot water over hygiene

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2009

A north London kosher bakery has been fined £3,000 after failing a food safety check because it did not have hot running water to clean equipment.

Hendon Bagel Bakery was found guilty of failing to comply with a hygiene improvement notice served in June last year. The notice required the company to install a hot water supply to a sink in the shop.

As well as the fine, bakery owner Avi Avital was ordered to pay £1,500 costs and a £15 surcharge.


Party pledges on elderly 'don't add up'

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

Welfare charities fear that both Gordon Brown and David Cameron will not be able to deliver on their parties’ pledges to supply care for the elderly.

In his party conference address, Mr Brown offered support to those with the greatest needs, noting: “Today more and more people see their parents and grandparents suffering from conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia. And for too many families, the challenge of coping with the heartbreak is made worse by the costs of getting support.


Mosaic unveiled at Kingston shul

October 1, 2009

A giant mosaic was unveiled at Kingston Liberal Synagogue, the product of six months work by congregants.

Installed on a wall at the entrance to the shul’s new extension, the mosaic was conceived by KLS member Sandra Webber. The 120 KLS members across the age spectrum cut and glued the tiny tiles which make up the work. It features biblical symbols such as the dove of peace — designed by 14-year-old Liane Aviram — and a tree of life comprising 613 mirrored leaves.


Last-minute minyan attracts a crowd

By Jay Grenby, October 1, 2009

A congregation of more than 40 attended the Yom Kippur services organised at the last minute by the Borehamwood Sephardi Minyan. The unscheduled services followed the “resounding success” of the fledgling community’s first Shabbat service just three weeks ago, when more than 70 adults and children crowded into the local Allum Hall.


Radlett inducts second minister

By Jay Grenby, October 1, 2009

A former Hasmonean Preparatory head boy who was raised in an Orthodox environment has been inducted as Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue’s assistant minister.

Rabbi David Mitchell, who switched to Reform Judaism while at Oxford University, was welcomed as the shul’s “first second minister” by an audience of 200.