Community life

The joke is on museum

August 5, 2016

Manchester Jewish Museum is offering free August admission for a month of "experimental" activities.

It is part of a development project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which last year awarded the museum £426,900 towards an extension and restoration work.

During August, different sounds and voices will be played inside the building.

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Plaque marks medieval shul and mikveh site

August 5, 2016

Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly participated in a plaque unveiling commemorating the Cambridgeshire town's medieval synagogue and mikveh.

The ceremony was at a residential development, Muttongate, in the location researcher Mark Harris believes was once a centre of Jewish life.

Local mayor Councillor Daryl Brown was also involved in the ceremony and the 60 guests were addressed by Rabbi Reuv

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Kingsbury goes back to school to prosper

By Daniel Sugarman, August 5, 2016

There was a history lesson for the 250 guests at a garden party on Sunday celebrating Kingsbury United Synagogue's 80th anniversary.

An exhibition covered life at the north London congregation from its early days through to the opening of an Orthodox Jewish primary school for girls, Bnos Beis Yaakov, on the synagogue premises.

Jonathan Brody, the party organiser, said the growth of the schoo

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Hair looms large in Zak's fundraiser

August 5, 2016

v Working as a summer camp madrich for Camp Simcha (America) two years ago, Zak Kanter was saddened to learn that one participant had been bullied at school for losing his hair after undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia.

The story inspired the north Londoner to set himself a challenge to raise awareness and funds for other children needing medical treatment and emotional support.

Mr Kanter,

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Charity chief takes issue with care watchdog over ratings

August 5, 2016

Jewish Care's chief executive has voiced his frustration at the Care Quality Commission inspection grading system.

Simon Morris was speaking after the release of a CQC report on its Vi and John Rubens home in Redbridge.

Although the home was rated good overall across the five assessment categories, it was reported as "requires improvement" in the effectiveness section.

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£95k aid funds roof work

August 5, 2016

Reading Synagogue has been awarded almost £95,000 towards urgent roof repairs from the government-backed Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.
The century-old roof, adorned by an Oriental cupola, is a feature of the Moorish-style structure, which also incorporates impressive stained-glass windows.

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Tour members expelled

August 5, 2016

Fourteen Israel tour participants from Bnei Akiva have been sent home for “serious breaches of our code of conduct”. The movement would not provide details of the breaches but said the expulsions involved “two separate cases”.
A Bnei Akiva representative said that “occurrences of this nature are extremely rare and these decisions were taken as a matter of last resort.

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'Illegals' arrested in raid on restaurant

By Daniel Sugarman, August 5, 2016

Immigration enforcement officers raided the Edgware branch of Sami's restaurant on Sunday, arresting two men said to be working illegally.

The men - a 37-year-old Indian national and a 33-year-old Pakistani national - were temporarily released and ordered to report to Immigration Enforcement while their cases are progressed.

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Child cancer patients enjoy a dream holiday in London

By Daniel Sugarman, August 5, 2016

A group of 138 Israeli children with cancer have been in London this week on the trip of a lifetime, under the auspices of the Zichron Menachem charity.

Accompanied by doctors, nurses, therapists and Zichron Menachem staff, they have been to 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and other capital attractions.

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Why things are hotting up for the long distance walker

By Charlotte Oliver, July 29, 2016

With hindsight, the hottest day of the year was hardly the best to scale and descend Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. But Barry Bloomfield likes a challenge and Ben Nevis was part of his itinerary for a walk across the UK that has occupied him for the better part of three months.

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