Community life

Hull marks its 250th

By Marcus Dysch, January 4, 2016

The start of 2016 marks the opening of the Hull community's celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Jews settling in the city.

A series of events are planned to mark the occasion, including possible speaker sessions, an anniversary lunch, and souvenir brochure charting the history of Jews in the east Yorkshire city.

Hull's first Jewish resident was recorded as living in the city in 1766, wi


Ramsgate puzzler

By pat lidiker, January 4, 2016

The discovery of almost 100 pages of old burial records at the Montefiore Endowment offices relating to Rams-gate Jewish Cemetery has cast a new light on the Jewish population in east Kent in Victorian and Edwardian times.

With the help of Rabbi Cliff Cohen of Thanet and District Reform, who has been translating Hebrew lettering on the cemetery's gravestones, two non-Jewish local history enthus


Streetwise celebrates a decade of support

January 4, 2016

Streetwise held a reception to mark its tenth anniversary of providing personal safety and development programmes for tens of thousands of Jewish youth.

The 100 guests at the Hendon event included staff from some of the 55 schools which Streetwise works in across the UK.


New Wizo group to be in memory of Leeds stalwart

By John Fisher, January 4, 2016

the granddaughter of one of Leeds most memorable Wizo stalwarts, Joyce Frazer, who died in August 2015, is hoping to start a new Wizo group in her memory.


Bevis Marks restaurant closes down

By Josh Jackman, January 4, 2016

A leading caterer has condemned the "vicious circle" of Jewish people not eating kosher after the closure of London's first and only Michelin-listed kosher restaurant.

Bevis Marks The Restaurant shut on December 24 after serving clients in the City of London for 13 years, with director Kenneth Arfin saying that it was time "to move on to a new project".

"It was a very successful restaurant,


Leeds deli is up for sale

By John Fisher, January 4, 2016

Leeds delicatessen and supermarket Myers Famous Kosherie has been put up for sale with its owner Malcolm Sorkin applying for a Company Voluntary Arrangement .

A legally binding CVA enables a company to freeze unsecured debts and repay them, with an achievable full and final payment, over a period of time from the future trading profits.

Mr Sorkin said: "We are not shutting down.


Welfare bodies fear Tory cuts will hit services hard

By Sandy Rashty, January 4, 2016

Communal leaders have expressed concern over government cuts this new year.

Figureheads from welfare organisations have said that the latest round of public spending cuts and the introduction of the National Living Wage will significantly affect Jewish charities and their service users in 2016.


It's Wizo but not as you might know it

December 23, 2015

Mention Wizo and the image often conjured up is one of ladies of a certain age attending genteel fundraisers. It is a perception Lauren Weinberg is working assiduously to change as Young Wizo events co-ordinator.


Growing shul is full of Eastern promise

By Sandy Rashty, December 23, 2015

It's a midweek morning and Ghassan Cohen has a business meeting to attend. But first, he has to supervise some home improvements at the Ohel David Eastern Synagogue in Golders Green.


MP's take on Corbyn

December 23, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn "hasn't got very good judgment, which means that some of the people around him are utterly awful", Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton has told a Wizo audience.

Addressing the local group's annual lunch, the long-serving MP said he had got to know Mr Corbyn through their passionate opposition to nuclear weapons.