Community life

Care plea for £150k

September 4, 2008

Jewish Care is hoping to raise £150,000 from its Rosh Hashanah appeal, which focuses on the care and support shown to its residents.

The featured character is Sharon Arad, social-care coordinator at Clore Manor in Hendon. In a letter to donors, Jewish Care chief executive Simon Morris highlights the lengths Mrs Arad and her colleagues go to help clients and their relatives - from "picking up flowers to welcome a new resident to helping to organise a shivah.


Kingston bids farewell

By Jay Grenby, September 4, 2008

A tea party attended by 150 Kingston Synagogue members was the last of a series of farewell events for minister Rabbi David Mason and his family.

Past chairman David Lawson recounted some of the many innovations of the rabbi - who has joined Muswell Hill Synagogue - among them a weekly "Whisky and Talmud" course which put the spirit into spiritual.

In deference to the minister's love of the Beatles, current chairman Anthony Cowen managed to include 18 of the Fab Four's song titles in his five-minute address.


Manchester shul’s last service before merger

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 4, 2008

The Central and North Synagogue in Manchester will close after the Shabbat service.

Membership has dwindled to little more than 100, making the upkeep of its imposing Leicester Road premises uneconomic. The shul will merge with Stenecourt Synagogue.


Health director to quit

September 4, 2008

Ms Collin said she is sad to be leaving JAT, formerly known as the Jewish Aids Trust. "I have been privileged to work with a dedicated team of trustees, staff and volunteers." Having started out educating on HIV prevention, "we have broadened our scope into the wider sexual health field and are delivering workshops to 4,000 young people a year in JFS, King Solomon High, Yavneh College and several Jewish primary schools, plus members of all our major youth organisations and their youth leaders".

She takes up her post at Shaare Zedek in November.


Cardiff members veto help for buying minister’s house

September 4, 2008

Cardiff United Synagogue members have rejected their rabbi's request for assistance to buy a house.
Thirty-six of the 64 congregants at an extraordinary general meeting on Sunday opposed the shul council's recommendation that Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg jointly purchase a property with the synagogue. Under the proposal, the synagogue's share would have been up to one-third of the house value. The shul has a membership of 252.


Big Simcha for London

September 4, 2008

Last year's cultural extravaganza attracted an estimated 25,000 revellers to Trafalgar Square, and a similar crowd is anticipated on September 14, when the headliners of a varied musical bill will be Grammy-winning New York ensemble the Klezmatics. Shofar-blowers of all ages will join in a mass blast and there will also be youth choirs, dance groups, exhibitions, children's activities and books, jewellery, music and arts stalls.


Leeds tenants ‘struggle to afford food and fuel’

By John Fisher, September 2, 2008

Many Leeds Jewish Housing Association tenants on its Moortown estates are having to choose between food and warmth because of escalating living costs.

Addressing an event staged to raise awareness of environmental issues and promoting fuel efficiency, LJHA project director Craig Simons reported that many occupants were struggling to meet rising food and fuel prices.


Pupils ‘face bullying and prejudice’

September 2, 2008

Tales of bullying and discrimination suffered by Jewish pupils at secular schools were recounted in Central London on Tuesday at the summer meeting of the Association of Jewish Sixth-Formers.

One sixth-former said he had been accused of killing Christ. Others spoke of fellow pupils' misunderstandings about Israel and the pressures Jews faced to assimilate - for example, to go out with schoolfriends on Friday evenings, or to eat at McDonald's.


Langdon in US exchange

By Craig Silver, September 2, 2008

A young learning-disabled Londoner is off to America next week as the first Langdon Community resident to participate in a ground-breaking exchange initiative.

Ben Golden, 24, will travel to Boston with a carer from the charity, which helps Jews with learning difficulties with accommodation, employment and social issues. He will spend two weeks at the Justice Resource Institute — another supported-living community — working with its maintenance team.


Cross-Britain cyclist’s wheels of fortune

August 28, 2008

After a golden week for British cyclists in Beijing, 18-year-old Nathaniel Harris has been a charitable winner, completing a Lands End to John O'Groats cycle.

Riding in support of Zaka - which coordinates the volunteer response to emergencies in Israel - the Edgware teenager was in the saddle for 12 days, existing on a diet of pot noodles, avocados, bananas and chocolate. He rested only on Shabbat, "somewhere south of the Yorkshire Dales".