Community life

Kindness of murdered Chabad couple ‘knew no bounds’

December 5, 2008

The 250 people at a Leeds Lubavitch Centre memorial service for those killed in the terror attack on Mumbai’s Chabad House included three community members who had received hospitality from Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka.

Angela Frieze, who had dined at Mumbai Chabad earlier this year, recalled the Holtzbergs as “a caring couple. The work they did will be sadly missed by those of us who were honoured enough to meet them.”

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Support for the abused

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 4, 2008

Talks have started over the establishment of a Manchester support service for Jewish women who have suffered domestic violence.

The initiative stems from a panel discussion held by London-based Jewish Women’s Aid in Manchester last Thursday. As well as JWA vice-chair Elaine Grazin and campaigns manager Gay Waldman, the discussion featured Dawn Redshaw from Salford Women’s Aid, Judge Lindsey Kushner and Prestwich rabbi Yehoshua Landes.

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JCoSS unveils pioneering special needs project

By Leon Symons, December 4, 2008

Plans have been unveiled for the first centre within a mainstream British school dedicated to educating children on the autistic spectrum.
The state-of-the-art facility will be an integral part of the £50-million Jewish Community Secondary School, due to be opened in East Barnet in 2010. The special centre accounts for £11 million of the budget of JCoSS, the most expensive state school ever built.

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Victims shocked by Manchester burglaries

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 4, 2008

Prestwich and Broughton Park residents have been shaken by a spate of audacious robberies.

Up to a dozen Jewish households and businesses have been burgled in the past fortnight and police are urging community members to step-up security measures in their homes.

Most of the robberies have been in the early hours of the morning. In four cases thieves entered the victims’ bedrooms.

A Prestwich mother recounted her fright at waking at 4am to see a man rummaging through her possessions. Her husband was away and she was at home with her two children.

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Wanstead induction

December 4, 2008

Rabbi Larry Becker was inducted as minister of Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue before a congregation of 120 at the Wanstead, East London, shul. The induction was performed by another local rabbi, David Hulbert of Barkingside’s Bet Tikvah community, who had mentored the American-born minister. Ilford North MP Lee Scott was among the guests.

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US departure

December 4, 2008

United Synagogue head of central services David Braes is leaving the US after 11 years following a reorganisation. Chief executive Jeremy Jacobs thanked him for his contribution and wished him well for the future.

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New school is delayed

By Lennie Isaacs, December 4, 2008

The £23 million rebuilding of the Liverpool King David Schools campus has been delayed.

Merseyside Jewish Representative Council delegates were told on Tuesday that the start of the project — part of the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme — had been put back from January to April 2009.

But speaking after the meeting, King David High School head Brigid Smith stressed that the postponement was not down to funding issues. “It is the nature of building projects to be delayed,” she said.

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Good news for WJR as Maitlis helps raise £1.5m

December 4, 2008

Newsnight anchor Emily Maitlis was the headline act for World Jewish Relief on Monday at a Guildhall dinner which raised £1.5 million.

Ms Maitlis — a keen supporter of WJR and a member of the dinner committee — took the 580 guests through “75 years of an extraordinary organisation.

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Day of fun

December 4, 2008

The JC Chanucah Fun Day, supporting Jewish Child’s Day, is at Yavneh College, Borehamwood, on Sunday afternoon, with activities ranging from doughnut decorating to bouncy castles. Special guests include the Jewish Princesses. For ticket information, log on to www.thejc.com or call our booking line on 0207 415 1578.

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Population controller

By John Fisher, December 4, 2008

Neil Clarke intends to demonstrate staying power as Leeds’ first community development officer. The goal of the 23-year-old is “to encourage young people to remain in Leeds and attract people at Leeds University to move to the city permanently”.

Originally from Reading, Mr Clarke is himself a Leeds University graduate. He will be based at the representative council offices and will work closely with the Leeds Jewish Initiative and university chaplaincy.

He has launched a weekly newsletter and intends to develop a communal website and database.

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