Community life

Sir Derek Jacobi against shul revamp

By Sandy Rashty, December 11, 2014

Sir Derek Jacobi said he was disappointed after an Orthodox synagogue was granted planning permission to extend its premises.

Last week, Camden Council approved a £12 million plan to redevelop the South Hampstead Synagogue in north-west London.

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Bienvenue à Finchley!

December 11, 2014

Finchley Progressive Synagogue has appointed its first assistant rabbi.

Rene Pfertzel joins Rabbi Rebecca Birk in a job share at the growing shul which now counts 330 households as members.

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A story that will survive

December 11, 2014

The Chief Rabbi - together with Magda Veselska, from Prague's Jewish Museum and Ruth-Anne Lenga from the Institute of Education - launched a travelling exhibition based on the story of the Czech scrolls, at the Jewish Museum in Camden.

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis told the 80 guests at Sunday's launch that the scrolls "tell a story about persecution of Jewish communities.

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Chanucah surprises

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

A charity will be lighting up the faces of young and old this Chanucah by visiting care homes and hospitals with presents and menorahs galore.

Israeli welfare charity Yad Ezra, known in the UK as Helping Hand, has made more than 3,200 care packages to give out during Chanucah parties for anyone who can't be at home for the festival.

Efrayim Goldstein, who is the charity's London co-ordinator

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Camp Simcha scores gala goal

December 11, 2014

The National Football Museum kicked off Camp Simcha's first Manchester gala dinner on Monday.

The city centre venue was packed to capacity to raise funds to enable the charity to continue its work supporting Jewish families in Manchester who are coping with children who have serious illnesses.

The charity's supporters heard from Camp Simcha families about the work it does supporting sick chi

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New rabbi for West London as it ups education

December 11, 2014

West London Synagogue is to put education centre stage when Rabbi Neil Janes becomes an additional member of its rabbinical team. In addition to fulfilling his rabbinical duties, Rabbi Janes will be launching a new adult learning institute, which will be based at the synagogue.

Chairman Jill Todd said: "We are very much looking forward to welcoming Rabbi Neil to our team.

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Scene and heard quite Enough

December 11, 2014

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was marked in Leeds with a film showing by Jewish Women's Aid.

The film, Enough, screened at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, tells the story of the wife of a controlling and abusive man who decides to fight back.

Event organiser Beryl Glass said: "This film has given people a lot to think about.

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School club aids its twin

December 11, 2014

Israel Club at King David High School has launched this year's UJIA Ethiopian bar and batmitzvah club with Rebbetzin Liat Lieberman.

Rebbetzin Lieberman explained to the pupils that as a group they need to raise £1,200 through fundraising in order for their Ethiopian twin in Israel to celebrate his/her bar/batmitzvah.

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The Twilight gets its voice

December 11, 2014

Liberal Judaism is to host Twilight People: Stories of Gender and Faith Beyond the Binary - a new project supported by the National Lottery.

Twilight People is to have as its agenda the recording of the hidden history of transgender and gender-variant people of faith in the UK past and present.

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At the peak of his trekking, but wellie boots beckon

By Corinne Rein, December 11, 2014

Three years ago pensioner Richard Saunders climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for World Jewish Relief.

But that wasn't enough of a challenge for the 67-year-old who has recently returned from a 14-day 136 kilometre trek to Everest Base Camp and a climb to the nearby peak of Kala Pattar, raising £6,500 for the Israel Sport Centre for the Disabled.

Mr Saunders, part of a group of 10 cli

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