Community life

Kisharon education is praised

November 6, 2008

Kisharon's special needs education has been praised by the chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, Sir James Hill.

In the company of SSAT officer Lorna Grant, Sir James toured the charity's Tuffkid nursery and day school in Golders Green and the college, adult day opportunities service and the Asher Loftus Business Centre in Hendon.

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New Elstree nursery plans

By Jay Grenby, November 6, 2008

A private Jewish nursery is planned to cater for the growing number of observant Jewish families moving into the Elstree area.

Set to open in January, Little Bicks is the creation of 28-year-old mother-of-two Rivka Bicks, who moved to Borehamwood with her husband Matthew just before the birth of their two-year-old daughter Shoshanna.

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Israel aid charity trebles its money

November 6, 2008

A charity facilitating direct donations to "carefully selected" grassroots projects in Israel has raised over £450,000 in eight months, far exceeding its initial target of £150,000 in a year.

My Israel was founded by Danielle Franks, who says that every penny contributed goes to its allocated project. The charity's administrative costs are covered by separate dedicated donations.

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Manchester records will be going online

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2008

Tens of thousands of Jewish genealogical records will be made public under initiatives by the Manchester Council of Synagogues and the city's Jewish genealogical society. People will be able to access the records over the internet through a pay-as-you-view facility.

The genealogical society has released 300 new digital records from the closed Prestwich cemetery.

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Habonim attracts more than 40 youngsters to first of its fortnightly activities

October 30, 2008

Habonim attracted more than 40 youngsters to the first of its fortnightly activities at its North Manchester home at the Prestwich-based Maccabi Centre. Northern fieldworker Marc Fink said: "It was a fantastic way to start the year. Parents are constantly telling us there are not enough Jewish activities for their children. By putting on activities we are responding to this demand." In South Manchester, over 25 leaders and participants attended a fun introductory session to the movement at the Jubilee Centre, Bowdon.

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Liberals appoint first Midlands support staff

October 30, 2008

Liberal Judaism has appointed its first Midlands development worker.

Sophie Stern, 22, who takes up the full-time role, will be based at the new Midlands Centre for Liberal Judaism, which opened in September at Birmingham Progressive Synagogue's new building.

Ms Stern attended Birmingham Progressive Synagogue while a student at Birmingham University. As part of her plans to build on her links with Liberal and Progressive Jews in the Midlands she has already started a five-a-side football club and a student film club.

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Spurs-fan twins do party double

October 30, 2008

Identical twins Sidney Tabizel and Harry Tobias celebrated their 90th birthday with a surprise afternoon tea party on Sunday.

They were joined at the Royal Chace Hotel in Enfield, North London, by 75 family members spanning four generations.

"It was a surprise to see everyone there," said Harry. "They were all asking what the secret to a long life is."
The answer, he said, is "clean living" and to "keep taking the tablets".

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They need your blood

October 30, 2008

The United Synagogue's blood donor campaign, being run in partnership with the National Blood Service, is to hold its first blood donor sessions.

Hendon Synagogue will be hosting a donation session on November 9, and Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue is supporting a Joely Bear Appeal blood donor session at Fairfield School in Radlett on November 23.

The initiative, which was launched at Rosh Hashanah, is being led by the US's welfare arm Project Chesed.

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Lancashire theme park goes Jewish for a day

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 30, 2008

A Lancashire theme park turned Jewish for a day, attracting 2,000 visitors from across the community.

The Camelot amusement park, near Chorley, held a special Jewish day on the Sunday which fell during intermediate days of Succot.

Organisers set up a kosher café, burger bar and six giant succah huts. Jewish music was also played throughout the day on the park's speaker system.

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Woodside Park picks its new minister

October 30, 2008

Woodside Park Synagogue has appointed a new full-time rabbi, almost a year after the controversial departure of its previous minister split the community.

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