Community life

Osborne leaves charities struggling to budget

By Josh Jackman, July 9, 2015

Communal charities and their clients are counting the cost of key measures announced by Chancellor George Osborne in Wednesday's Budget.

Welfare organisations with large staffs are concerned about finding the extra money to cover the new national living wage for over-25s, which replaces the current minimum wage of £6.50 an hour. It will rise to £7.20 from next April and to £9 from 2020.

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Lottery backs cultural centre's plan to record WWI contribution

July 9, 2015

The London Jewish Cultural Centre launched a £450,000 project to mark the contribution of London Jews during the First World War with a pilot information gathering event in Redbridge.

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Starting from a position of strength at LJ

July 9, 2015

New Liberal Judaism chair Simon Benscher wants to build on "the enormous strength that we have in our communities and their members.

"Going back to our grassroots and getting hands-on with all of our 41 communities is a big part of our way forward," he said, after his unanimous election at the movement's AGM, held at its West End HQ.

"Liberal Judaism is blessed with the most inspirational an

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Schools' plans go before DfE

July 9, 2015

Proposals for two new Jewish free schools in the Elstree area have reached the final interview stage at the Department for Education to determine whether they will be given the green light to proceed.

The LL Group wants to open a pluralist primary for 420 children.

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Masorti shul increases its egalitarian services

By Josh Jackman, July 9, 2015

A major Masorti synagogue has voted to phase in regular egalitarian services in response to falling attendances at the traditional minyan.

The New London Synagogue in St John's Wood has held a Minyan Chadash service - for which men and women are counted in the minyan - every month for around 12 years.

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Nightingale long-server leaves

July 9, 2015

Former Nightingale chief executive Leon Smith will leave the organisation next week after 42 years' service.

He joined the Clapham home in an administrative role after a year on kibbutz, serving as CEO from 1998 to 2013.

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'Spectacular' Sandys Row reviving at 160

By Josh Jackman, July 9, 2015

London's oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue, Sandys Row, was hailed as "spectacular" by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis as it celebrated its 160th anniversary in style on Tuesday night.

Addressing an audience of 150 at the East End shul, Rabbi Mirvis said: "The mark of Sandys Row has been love. For 16 glorious decades, people have been welcomed into this synagogue with consideration and generosity.

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Camp Simcha retreat brings laughter to brain-surgery girl

July 9, 2015

A week after undergoing brain surgery, seven-year-old Isabella Scarry was happily running around the Camp Simcha family retreat, the scarf bought to cover the scar on her head forgotten in the excitement.

Isabella, from Ilford, suffers from severe epilepsy.

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Thousands turn out for a caring piece of cake

July 9, 2015

Jewish Care's biggest grassroots event of the year saw a record 4,500 people from London and the surrounding areas take part in its annual Great Jewish Bake Day, designed to raise awareness, involvement and, on a small scale, funds.

Cake was the unifying factor as pupils, staff, supporters, volunteers and clients - plus a dozen shops and kosher bakeries - engaged in a variety of activities link

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May gives pledge on fighting extremism

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May has called on the Jewish community to help combat the "perverted and twisted ideology" which led to 38 deaths in Tunisia this week.

Addressing the Hasmonean High School's dinner at the Millennium Mayfair on Wednesday, she also vowed that the government would do more to protect Jews from the threat of extremism.

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