Community life

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board charity shop surpasses target by £30k

By John Fisher, August 7, 2008

Known locally as "the Harrods of charity shops", Leeds Jewish Welfare Board's store has raised over £100,000 in its first year of trading, surpassing its target figure by £30,000.

Located in Moortown, in the heart of the Jewish community, the success of "thewellfairshop" has not totally surprised its organisers. Manager Andrina Calvert said: "I always had faith that the shop would do well here and I cannot praise my volunteers enough."


Winehouse and Levy enjoy a break with the brigade

August 7, 2008

Amy Winehouse's father Mitch spent a nostalgic few hours among old Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade comrades when he was a guest at the JLGB summer camp open day in Essex last Thursday.

Mr Winehouse was one of the former brigade members invited to lunch by camp commanding officer Gill Geisler, who said he had a great time reminiscing and watching the open day parade. "It was nice for him to have a day off with his old friends. I made a point of not pressing him about Amy but I did ask him how she was and he said she was fine."


Swim girl Dani Jacobson making a TV splash

July 31, 2008

Twelve-year-old charity swimmer Dani Jacobson is a finalist in Channel Five's "Britain's Kindest Kids" competition.

As the JC reported in June, North London Collegiate pupil Dani and her sister Talya, who has learning difficulties, swam 22 miles to raise over £23,000, the bulk of it for Norwood.


Britain hosts Windows Israel-Palestine summer camp

By Rachel Fletcher, July 31, 2008

A summer camp bringing Israeli and Palestinian teenagers together has been held in Britain for the first time.

Edinburgh's Merchiston Castle School was the venue for the two-week camp for Tel Aviv-based cohesion project Windows for Peace - Channels for Communication.

Fifteen 13-16-year-olds took part - six Jews and nine Palestinians, among them Christians and Muslims.


Sarah Brown meets JLGB

By Jessica Ware, July 31, 2008

Thirty members of the Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade's Israel tour spent an afternoon with Gordon Brown's wife Sarah in Jerusalem last week.

Mrs Brown, who accompanied the Prime Minister on his Israel trip, met the JLGB group on the steps of the King David Hotel. She shared her impressions of Israel and heard about the brigade party's tour experiences during a question-and-answer interchange.


Silverman is high on the Radlett Rayder

By Jessica Ware, July 31, 2008

A former Immanuel College head girl is the new head of Radlett Synagogue's 175-pupil cheder, Rayder.

Leah Silverman, 25, replaces Suzy Jaeger, who will be taking up a post with the nursery at Edgware Jewish Primary School. Mrs Jaeger has been with Rayder for seven of its nine years, serving as head for the last three.

She was presented with a silver seder plate at a ceremony on the last day of term attended by pupils and community leaders including Rabbi Ariel Abel.


All-day opening plan for Edgware nursery

By Jay Grenby, July 31, 2008

The private Gan Kinneret nursery based at Edgware Synagogue is extending its opening hours and taking in babies as young as 12 months to meet the needs of the growing band of local mums in full-time employment.

Until now, the nursery has been open on weekday mornings, taking in 40 children between the ages of two and five, half of whom stay on for lunch and an extra hour of play. But from September, it will open from 8am until 5pm and accept children from the age of one.


Maccabi GB reaching record numbers

July 31, 2008

Maccabi GB is reaching a record number of people, according to newly released figures.

Chairman Stuart Greenberg reports that 12,795 people were involved in Maccabi activities during the first half of the year. That is almost 50 per cent up on the 8,575 total for the equivalent period in 2007.

There was a 20 per cent rise in involvement in Streetwise, the personal safety and development scheme. Participation in its school sports programmes was up by over 40 per cent.


Schools’ positive lesson for interfaith relations

By Jessica Ware, July 31, 2008

A Wimbledon Jewish kindergarten staged a parenting workshop with a Brixton Muslim school as part of a pilot school-linking scheme.

Over 50 parents, children and teachers from the Apples and Honey Nursery and the Iqra School took part in activities such as counting up to 10 in Arabic and Hebrew and a treasure hunt on Wimbledon common.


Row over South Manchester Synagogue opening hours

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 31, 2008

Neighbours of South Manchester Synagogue in The Firs, Bowdon, are upset at the granting of an extension in opening hours for the shul's functions hall.

Residents of the quiet suburb tried to block the extension application at a council planning meeting, citing parking and noise issues. The functions suite can accommodate 300 people but there is limited parking space. However, the council granted a licence for opening until midnight for a 12-month trial period.