Community life

Windfall for friends of asylum seekers

November 5, 2009

Children in Need has awarded over £51,000 to Jump, a Jewish Council for Racial Equality project for befriending teenage asylum seekers who arrive in the UK without their families.

The social support helps teenagers who have fled conflict or human rights abuses in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Congo to build confidence and life skills.

Jcore executive director Edie Friedman was “particularly proud to receive this award in the year marking the 70th anniversary of the Kindertransport. We campaign for and support asylum seekers because refugees are us.”


Harry Potter and the Holocaust Memorial movie

By Robyn Rosen, November 5, 2009

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has narrated a Holocaust memorial film marking the upcoming 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The film, The Legacy of Hope, is being released by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, of which Radcliffe, 20, is a supporter. The Jewish actor said he was “privileged” to be involved.


Orthodox woman hospitalised after attempted mugging

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 5, 2009

A religious woman who was hospitalised after an attempted mugging outside the Shefa Mehadrin Kosher Deli in north Manchester is appealing with police for information which can lead to her attackers’ arrest.

Despite 14 witnesses to the incident on Tuesday of last week, police have not caugh the two men, described as white, in their 20s and dressed in dark clothing.


Job losses as Holocaust Centre faces cash crisis

By Robyn Rosen, November 5, 2009

Up to nine redundancies will be made at the Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire in a bid to alleviate its financial crisis.

The memorial and educational centre founded by non-Jewish brothers Stephen and James Smith 14 years ago needs to slash its annual budget from £800,000 to £500,000 and activities such as professional training could be axed. It intends to focus its resources on educating the young — 22,000 primary and secondary pupils visit the centre every year.


Twin schools build relations

October 29, 2009

The head of a Northern Galil school has visited Manchester as part of UJIA’s School to School twinning project.

North Cheshire Jewish Primary School head Jackie Savage hosted the fact-finding mission from Gila Mickel from the Kerner School in Meona and Lenna Rosenberg, head of the Clore Tikva Primary in Redbridge.

They and other school representatives shared ideas on best practice and on how to take the partnerships forward.

North Cheshire and Clore Tikva are the only UK primaries involved in the twinning venture.


Tribute to cancer mum

October 29, 2009

A fund supporting youth activity has been launched at North West Surrey Synagogue in memory of popular congregant Gill Schuman, who died of breast cancer at the age of 47.

Mrs Schuman’s 16-year-old son Laurence was among the speakers at the opening Gill’s Fund event, telling the audience of around 200 people of the importance of involvement in groups such as Reform Synagogue Youth. “My experience at RSY has been incredible,” he said. “Everyone deserves to have the same amazing experience and I am very proud that this fund has been established to help other people do so.”


Mitzvah Day's TV stars

October 29, 2009

Young people from across the community will be supporting the annual Blue Peter appeal as part of Mitzvah Day on November 15.

They will be collecting old T-shirts and decorating them for use as gowns, saving on the cost of corrective surgery for children in developing nations with cleft palates.


Finchley shuts cheder to boost learning

October 29, 2009

In an effort to buck the trend of falling cheder attendance, Finchley Reform Synagogue is replacing its religion school with a new learning programme, Kochavim.

Launched next week, the programme is intended to offer “a cutting edge experiential style of education”. Pupils will choose from a range of modules relating to Jewish life — and once a month will be joined by parents in their activities.


Rabbi wins Tory seat

By Jay Grenby, October 29, 2009

Elstree and Borehamwood emeritus minister Rabbi Alan Plancey has an extended congregation after winning the Borehamwood North seat for the Tories in a Hertfordshire County Council by-election.

In his new role he will draw on the people skills honed during more than 30 years as a community rabbi.

“I don’t want them to go to waste and now I am going to employ them for the benefit of the whole community,” he said.


Graduate joins Rwandan mercy mission for WJR

By Robyn Rosen, October 29, 2009

An Oxford graduate has taken part in a charity trip to Rwanda to help current or former street children reintegrate into family life and wider society.

Hannah Goldie, 22, spent a week in Kayonza, an eastern Rwandan province as part of a 10-person World Jewish Relief mission. She was chosen from close on 20 young applicants for a place largely financed by “a generous subsidy” from the Ansel Harris Memorial Fund.