Community life

Norwood challenges the sporty

April 18, 2008

Norwood has launched a new programme of Challenges which the children and family charity hopes will generate more than the £1.3 million raised from the 2007 events.

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Gift giving helps the less fortunate

April 18, 2008

Over 300 community members brought boxes and bags of chametz to a North-West London drop-off point on Sunday for the annual collection of the Gift charity.

Wines, biscuits, cakes, pasta and cereal were among the 3,000kg of produce donated. The food will be stored, sold through the London Beth Din and distributed to local families and disadvantaged Jewish communities abroad after the festival.

The Hasmonean, North-West London and Nancy Reuben primary schools were involved in the collection. More than 60 young volunteers, some as young as six, helped fill the boxes.

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Resource centre has jobs for high-flyers

April 18, 2008

With the credit crunch threatening a downturn in the job market, the Employment Resource Centre is appealing to former clients who have made it in business to reconnect with the organisation. The ERC, which has helped over 7,000 unemployed Jews back into the job market, has set up an Alumni Network with the goal of finding volunteer mentors and networking assistance. ERC chairman Trisha Ward hoped that those it had helped to success would want “to give something back. In the current unstable economic climate, the role of the ERC is even more vital.

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Young members visit Poland

By Jay Grenby, April 18, 2008

Kingston Synagogue minister Rabbi David Mason led a 20-strong group of younger members and their families on a two-day trip to Poland.

The itinerary included a tour of the Auschwitz/Birkenau death camp site, where the rabbi conducted a memorial service for victims of the Holocaust.

Rabbi Mason — whose wife is Polish-born — said the positive feedback from participants “made me realise the importance of such visits in contributing to the deepening of Jewish identity and the ability to tell the Jewish story”.

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The Fed swears by Geldof

April 18, 2008

Sir Bob Geldof used his legendary fundraising kills to profitable effect for The Fed — Manchester Jewry’s leading social-care charity — last Thursday.

The humanitarian champion and Live Aid front man was guest speaker at The Fed’s dinner at the Sheridan Suite, Eastlands, drawing a sell-out crowd of over 600, including a number of new Fed supporters.

Speaking without notes, Sir Bob entertained his audience with a 45-minute address containing only a small number of his trademark expletives.

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MP’s aide dies after surgery

By Neil Wolfson, April 18, 2008

Bury South MP Ivan Lewis has led the tributes to friend and colleague Warren Flood, who died last week aged 41 at Fairfield Hospital, where he underwent back surgery.

Mr Flood, a former councillor, had been employed by the MP as a support worker and Mr Lewis was among the 250 mourners at the funeral at Rainsough Jewish Cemetery on Tuesday.

“We are united in our shock and grief that such a special young man should be taken from us in the prime of his life,” he said. “I have lost a special friend, the people of Bury a true gentleman — simply one of the best.”

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Help offered to find Seder places

By Jodie Mablin, April 18, 2008

Community organisations have been striving to ensure that no one is denied a place at a Seder table.

Small-communities minister the Rev Malcolm Weisman has fielded calls from throughout the country from people wanting to join a Seder. Rev Weisman, who will this year be conducting a Seder for the Jersey community, stressed the importance of not turning anyone away.

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Extra time at Tesco

April 18, 2008

Prestwich Tesco will be opening its doors at one minute past midnight on Monday April 28 to allow customers to restock their kitchens after Pesach.

Store manager Joe Leeson said: “We have a lot of loyal customers in Manchester and we are aware of their shopping needs at specific times of the year.”

As previously reported in the JC, the Tesco in Brent Cross will also be opening specially just after midnight following the festival.

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Fit for chametz

By Jodie Mablin, April 11, 2008

Golders Green gym-goers are being encouraged to leave their chametz at the local LA Fitness centre.

The gym’s Jewish manager, John Blasebalk, is offering members and non-members guest vouchers in return for their unwanted foodstuffs. Unopened products will be donated to a homeless charity.

Mr Blasebalk reported “a positive response from the community and vouchers have already been handed out to several synagogues. We have a great many Jewish members and this is our chance to give something back.”

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Pesach appeals

April 11, 2008

Norwood’s help for eight-year-old Emily, a victim of parental abuse, is highlighted in its Pesach appeal, which has a £100,000 target.

Its theme is the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea — and how Norwood’s work within the community provides minor “miracles” to the many thousands who rely on the charity’s support.

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