Community life

New Galaxy discovered by kosher food guide

By Naomi Firsht, February 19, 2015

Good news for chocoholics.

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Norwood's outstanding nursery

February 19, 2015

Norwood's nursery based at the Kennedy Leigh Centre in Hendon has been graded outstanding in all aspects by Ofsted inspectors.

They found excellent opportunities for playing and learning, effective leadership and "welcoming and caring staff" who promoted partnership with parents.

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'B' prepared

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2015

B Kosher has announced the opening of a new branch in Golders Green Road, taking over premises currently occupied by Yarden.

A spokeswoman said the intention was to "add a wide range of food, wine and chocolates for new and existing customers. It is a great place on the high street and has a good passing trade.

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High praise

February 19, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has praised the efforts of Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue rabbinic couple Daniel and Ilana Epstein to involve younger families in synagogue life.

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Love stories recounted as wedding exhibition opens

By Naomi Firsht, February 19, 2015

The opening of an exhibition on weddings at the Jewish Museum in Camden afforded those featured the chance to reminisce.

Museum volunteer Rose Bentley, 92, has been married to Gerard for over 70 years and the exhibition includes an audio account of how they got together.

"It is quite exciting really to hear it," she said, before retelling the story for the JC's benefit.

"I was 16 and my f

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Young chefs preparing to be charitable

February 19, 2015

Families have been cooking up a storm during half-term as part of a United Synagogue campaign to support the less fortunate.

Soup, pasta and desserts were prepared at culinary sessions involving mums and children at the Mill Hill, Stanmore and Muswell Hill synagogues for local homeless shelters and vulnerable members of participants' communities.

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Ambassador applauds JNF's Negev contribution

February 19, 2015

The difference JNF UK fundraising is making to the Negev was highlighted at a reception celebrating its work which was hosted by Israel envoy Daniel Taub and his wife Zehava.

Michael Biton, mayor of Negev town Yerucham, was guest speaker. He explained the role of JNF in its development, in particular an early childhood centre which will be completed in 2017.

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Tea parties stir lonely back into the social whirl

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

Madelaine Baker's husband Joe died in September. Making the adjustment to life on her own has been difficult and she needs "something to look forward to, outside of your regular schedule".

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Elstree's first twin piques interest of visiting party

By Jay Grenby, February 19, 2015

A Galilee moshav close to the Lebanese border has been chosen as Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue's first twin community.

Shtula was the target of the first Hizbollah attack in the 2006 Lebanon war, in which two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped.

Borehamwood congregants Simon Hoffman and Rowel Genn recently visited the village, which is home to 60 families.

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Tour challenges perceptions

February 19, 2015

For many teenagers, an Israel tour is an eagerly awaited rite of passage. Things are less straightforward for those with physical or learning difficulties but a Maccabi GB project enables them to enjoy the same experience.

The graduates of Maccabi's latest Challenge Tour attended a reunion in Kenton on Sunday, three months after their 12-day itinerary in Israel.

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