Community life

Rabbi to target the 'missing generation'

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2014

The Reform movement has created a new rabbinical post to spearhead its work with young adults — the so-called “missing generation”.

Rabbi Benji Stanley, 31, who has been at West London Synagogue since his ordination at Leo Baeck College last summer, will take on the role from September.

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Rabbi puts his energy into savings

June 9, 2014

A rabbi’s energy company which donates half its profits to Jewish causes has won an industry award for saving customers money.

Former Sale Hebrew Congregation minister Rabbi Motty Broder founded the Affiliated Utilities consultancy in 2009. It now manages £80 million of energy spending annually for domestic and commercial clients nationwide, including Jewish schools and care homes.

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Hendon shul is a crowd-pleaser on opening day

June 9, 2014

Federation of Synagogues Beth Din head Dayan Yisroel Lichtenstein spoke at the formal opening of the premises of the movement’s newest congregation, Nishmas Yisroel in Hendon.

Around 1,000 people visited during the day for davening, kiddush, a brit and lunch.

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King David pupils make a meal of helping out

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 9, 2014

A fundraising drive by Manchester King David pupils has raised enough to provide lunch for a year for 150 impoverished Israeli children.

Year nine pupils in Israel last week as part of the school’s annual visit also helped the Leket charity to distribute some of the food they have sponsored.

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Mirvis goes down great with the Scots

By Adam Henderson, June 2, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis met a wide cross-section of Scottish Jewry on his first official visit to the country.

Rabbi Mirvis kicked-off the three-day programme with a lunch with Edinburgh students and delivered a speech to the Church of Scotland General Assembly before travelling to Glasgow.

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Brighton plaque honours Victorian policeman

By Cecily Woolf, June 2, 2014

A blue plaque has been unveiled by Brighton mayor Brian Fitch to commemorate Henry Solomon, the first chief officer of Brighton Borough Police and the only one to have died on duty.

Mr Solomon was appointed in 1838 and commanded 31 officers for six years but he was attacked with a poker in his office by a petty thief, John Lawrence, on March 13, 1844, and died a day later of his wounds.

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Mirvis welcomes modern app-roach to learning

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2014

Jewish education must not be forced down children’s throats, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis told Jewish Interactive supporters at the charity’s annual dinner.

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Wizo send £1.7m to Israel

June 2, 2014

Wizo UK sent £1.7 million to Israel in the the past year in support of 100 projects aiding vulnerable families and children, the organisation reported to its annual general meeting.

New Board of Deputies chief executive Gillian Merron was guest speaker at the event, discussing her background and the moments which shaped her career.

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Mathilda Marks Kennedy School sorry for data breach on pupil's health

June 2, 2014

The head of a Mill Hill Jewish primary is “mortified” by the disclosure of a pupil’s medical condition in an email sent in error by an administrator to the parents of all children. The message, detailing how to deal with the student, had been intended solely for Mathilda Marks-Kennedy staff.

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UK Jewish Film awards teach youngsters about their past

June 2, 2014

More than 200 year-eight schoolchildren from Jewish schools took a trip down memory lane into London’s East End for a film award ceremony in honour of UK Jewish Film’s “Hackney Roots” initiative.

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