Community life

Activists scoop awards

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2014

The UK branch of the New Israel Fund enjoyed a record year in 2013, raising 29 per cent more than it did in 2012.


Food gifts 'change lives'

By Cathy Forman, November 13, 2014

Ahead of this Sunday's day of good deeds, the JC had its own "Mitzvah Day", delivering food, toiletries and other essentials donated by shoppers at Waitrose in Temple Fortune to the Colindale Foodbank.

Welcoming the JC's support, Colindale Foodbank community team member Wonu Yoloye explained: "The food bank serves a high number of single mothers, and disabled and vulnerable members of our commu


Cash boost

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 13, 2014

Magen David Adom UK Manchester's annual dinner celebrated raising £250,000, more than doubling income from last year's dinner.

Jonathan Mosery, adviser at the Israeli Ministry of Defence, led the evening's theme focusing on events during the summer's Gaza conflict and MDA's medical role. Mr Mosery also spent the week speaking across the north for the charity.


Soudry sounds the last post

By Alan Henderson, November 13, 2014

Aharon Soudry took part in his last engagement as minister of Newton Mearns shul at Sunday's Remembrance Day service.

Three years after taking up the role, Mr Soudry led the memorial service for nearly 200 of Glasgow's Jews who died fighting in the two world wars.

Mr Soudry said: "I have stood at the Cenotaph at the Newton Mearns memorial on Remembrance Sunday for many years.


Cable praises Langdon

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2014

Business Secretary Vince Cable has praised the work of learning disabilities charity Langdon.

Speaking at a business breakfast on Wednesday, the politician said: "The work Langdon does is extraordinarily important, especially in helping people into employment."

The event - which raised £60,000 - also saw the All Aboard charity store chain handed an employer of the year award in recognition


Woodside Park places eruv poles

November 13, 2014

The first poles for the Woodside Park eruv have been put in place.

Minister of the local United synagogue, Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch, expressed delight "that our eagerly anticipated eruv is at last being constructed. It will be a tremendous contribution to the enhancement of Shabbat, particularly for our large number of young families as well as benefiting our senior members".


A big draw for Belfast

By Joe Cohen, November 13, 2014

Expats from London, Manchester, Bournemouth and Dublin supported Belfast Jewish Community as it held a weekend of celebrations to mark its 50 years in Somerton Road Synagogue.

Following a large gathering at a Shabbat service, a Sunday lunch was attended by 90 people.


Muslims say thank you to Muswell Hill shul

November 13, 2014

A north London synagogue has won an award from an Islamic organisation for its support of a Muslim group whose community centre was destroyed in an arson attack.


Shul's Beatles recording

By Naomi Firsht, November 6, 2014

New London Synagogue in St John's Wood has a special link to The Beatles. It's the only shul where the Fab Four all attended a service - a memorial to their manager, Brian Epstein, in 1967.


Tragic tale moves MDA diners

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2014

The poignant story of a Magen David Adom volunteer killed on IDF duty during the Gaza conflict helped MDA UK to raise a record-breaking £1.9 million from its annual dinner in central London on Monday.

Barkai Shor, 21, had volunteered for MDA at every opportunity and trained as an ambulance driver, his father, Yaron, told the 320 guests at the Rosewood Hotel. He had hoped to study medicine.