Community life

They're sold on Christie's night

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

Young professionals raised £45,000 for Alzheimer's research at the Weizmann Institute at a reception at Christie's in London.

The "Science and Sushi" event was the first organised by the new Young Weizmann committee and attracted 350 guests, who enjoyed a private viewing of Christie's 2015 Impressionist and Modern Art auction.

Weizmann neurobiology professor Noam Sobel explained how his res


Reading up daily for remembrance project

February 5, 2015

A United Synagogue/Yad Vashem educational and memorial programme marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was launched at St John's Wood Synagogue before an audience of 250.

Participants in "70 Days for 70 Years" will receive a book of essays by leading historians and scholars and information about a Holocaust victim in whose memory they will learn.


Aberdare says thanks for the memories to its former synagogue

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

A Welsh synagogue that once served a thriving community has been recognised as historically significant by the local council.

Last Thursday, a blue plaque was unveiled at Aberdare Library at a ceremony also marking Holocaust Memorial Day.

The plaque will soon be moved to the property which was used as a synagogue for nearly
seven decades until the final service in 1957.

Among those at th


Dinner reveals Bear essentials

By Naomi Firsht, February 5, 2015

The Joely Bear Appeal - set up to encourage people to donate life-saving blood and stem cells - highlighted new activities at its 20th anniversary dinner.

Appeal co-founder Leigh Renak told more than 170 guests at Elstree Film Studios that its next fundraising project would be for a special area for young cancer patients at Barnet Hospital.


Motion's words for Auschwitz

February 5, 2015

Contributors to a Westminster Abbey service commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz 70 years ago included Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, who read a poem written for the occasion. "Light. Knock. Road. Engine. Rail. Truck. Cold. Night.


Abel ready for Mersey

February 5, 2015

Rabbi Ariel Abel is returning to an old stamping ground with his appointment as part-time minister of Liverpool's Princes Road Synagogue.

He served the Merseyside community in his early rabbinical years in the late 1990s, before going on to Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation and Radlett Synagogue, from which he resigned in 2010 to pursue educational interests.

Rabbi Abel will conduct his fir


Shuls unite to educate

February 5, 2015

Harrow and Hertfordshire synagogues have begun hosting almost 3,000 pupils from 48 schools as part of Northwood's annual Holocaust Memorial Day programme.

Educational workshops with survivors are being hosted by the Northwood, Belmont, Borehamwood and Elstree, Bushey and Watford US communities, as well as by Northwood and Pinner Liberal.


Educational trust proposes pluralist primary in Elstree

By Naomi Firsht, January 29, 2015

Two young education workers are formulating a proposal for a pluralist, inclusive Jewish primary school in Borehamwood in the light of growing waiting lists for Jewish schools in nearby areas.

Tal Landsman and Ben Lewis, both 25, have set up the LL educational trust to submit their free school plans to the Department for Education in May.

Mr Landsman, the operations director for Kool Kidz Je


Southend sets date for EGM over sacked rabbi

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Supporters of the Southend rabbi dismissed for alleged gross misconduct - but who is still leading services - will have an opportunity to challenge the lay leadership over the decision.

Backers of Rabbi Binyamin Bar have welcomed the announcement of an EGM on February 22.


More express will to leave a charity legacy

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

A cross-communal umbrella organisation is reporting an eight per cent rise among Jews who consider that charitable legacies are important.

Legacy Giving, which conducted the research, encourages people to leave money to one of the 48 charities signed up to its campaign.

Its chair, Melanie Klass, said: "It's all about changing attitudes in the community towards legacies."

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