Community life

York joins Liberal fold

May 28, 2015

After almost a year of holding services, York Liberal Jewish Community has been accepted by the Liberal Judaism Council as a new member.

Members of Liberal Judaism Council voted to accept YLJC as a full member, recognising the strides it has made since its inception last June in setting up a community in a city that has had no real Jewish identity for over 40 years.


Lottery award restores Cornish cemetery

By Pat Lidiker, May 28, 2015

The most southerly and westerly of Britain's Jewish cemeteries has been awarded £13,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for restoration work.

Penzance's Grade ll-listed cemetery site, which dates back to the 1740s, requires repairs to its boundary wall, entrance and prayer hall and improved visitor access.


Currie tackles hot topics

By John Fisher, May 25, 2015

Edwina Currie was in feisty form as she chaired a Yorkshire Cancer Research fundraiser based on ITV's Loose Women, which covered topics ranging from the general election to baby boomers.


Minister is ready for Brum role

May 25, 2015

members of Birmingham's Central Synagogue have endorsed the appointment of Rabbi Dr Lior Kaminetsky and his wife, Rachel, filling a rabbinic couple vacancy lasting more than a year.
Selection committee chair Geoffrey Clements said the Kaminetskys would "lead the congregation into an exciting future".


From Odessa to Israel, thanks to £1m meal

May 25, 2015

The £1 million-plus raised from a central London dinner for the Tikva children's home in Odessa will enable 100 children to start new lives in Israel.


How band aid is helping terror victims to deal with the trauma

By Josh Jackman, May 25, 2015

An Israeli whose seven-year-old sister was killed in a 2003 terror attack led an emotional contribution by those helped by One Family to the charity's dinner on Monday.

Hila Leibovitch, 28, fronted the One Family Band, which performed Shema Yisrael - a song about a girl wounded in a terror attack - for the 450 guests at Grosvenor House in central London. More than £800,000 was raised.


‘Declining’ Reading cannot afford to keep its minister

By Simon Rocker, May 25, 2015

Reading Hebrew Congregation is to make its rabbi and rebbetzin redundant because it can no longer afford to keep them.

Rabbi Zvi and Shira Solomons, who arrived from Liverpool seven years ago, will lose their posts at the end of the month.


Bakery is fined for hygiene breaches at two branches

By Naomi Firsht, May 25, 2015

A London kosher bakery chain has been fined £28,000 for hygiene breaches after cockroaches and mouse droppings were found at two of its branches.

Bension Nassim, director of Sharon's Bakery, Shuki Mozes, general manager, and the company were ordered to pay a combined fine of £8,000, plus £20,000 costs, to Hackney Council at Snaresbrook Crown Court last Friday.


Lawrence backs JWA’s help for the ‘voiceless’

By Sandy Rashty, May 22, 2015

Justice campaigner Baroness Lawrence urged more than 300 guests at a Jewish Women's Aid lunch to support the "voiceless within our community".

Baroness Lawrence - who campaigned for police reforms following the murder of her son, Stephen, in 1993 - was the guest speaker at the central London event, which raised more than £150,000 for the domestic violence charity.


Hughes gets the vote for Radlett rabbi’s role

May 22, 2015

Rabbi Jonathan Hughes has been overwhelmingly confirmed as Radlett United Synagogue minister with 97 per cent backing in a vote of members. It followed a weekend visit by Rabbi Hughes, his wife Chana and their four children to Radlett, where they met more than 350 adults and around 100 young people at a Friday-night dinner, Shabbat lunch and other events.