Community life

Shul thanks its rabbi by housing Syrian refugees

July 29, 2016

South London Liberal Synagogue gave Rabbi Janet Darley a practical parting gift - a commitment to continue her award-winning work with refugees by converting a space on the shul premises into a flat for a Syrian refugee family.

The work will cost up to £50,000 and SLLS will be organising fundraising events and seeking grants and donations.

Alice Alphandary, the shul's chair, announced the p


Lottery £600,000 helps to fund northern centre for Shoah study

By John Fisher, July 29, 2016

Testimonies of Holocaust survivors who moved to northern England will have a permanent home thanks to a £600,000-plus award from the Heritage Lottery Fund to the Leeds-based Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association.

The project will deliver a Holocaust Heritage and Learning Centre featuring testimonies, literature, artefacts and evidence of Nazi persecution showcased in displays and exhibit


New Forest minister is hailed by the Chief

By Josh Jackman, July 29, 2016

Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg was moved by the tribute of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis at his induction service at Woodford Forest United Synagogue, which was attended by 250 people.

"He spoke about my personal qualities, about my community service and about getting involved, not because it was good for me, but because it was the right thing to do, which I really appreciated," Rabbi Wollenberg said


Putting their shirt on Salasnik

By Jay Grenby, July 29, 2016

A retro Watford football shirt with his name on the back and a letter from David Cameron were among the surprises for Bushey Synagogue's Rabbi Meir Salasnik at a "This is your life" event marking his farewell to the Hertfordshire US congregation.

Almost 700 people packed the Watford Colosseum to celebrate the 37-year contribution of Rabbi Salasnik and his wife Judy.

Speakers included emeritu


Paradise lost after fire

By Daniel Sugarman, July 29, 2016

The Paradise kosher bakery in Golders Green Road is closed until further notice following a fire last Friday evening. It is believed the cause was a malfunction in the compressor unit on the front counter.


Modern Orthodox group unveils plans

By Simon Rocker, July 29, 2016

An independent modern Orthodox community is planned for Edgware following a meeting of potential participants this week.

Titled Kehillat Ohev Shalom ("Lover of Peace"), it aims to hold a number of Shabbatonim in the coming months - the first in September.

Its organisers are Lindsay Simmonds, a lecturer at the London School of Jewish Studies, and Barry Kleinberg, who has also been teaching t


Scots are staying, despite problems

July 29, 2016

As the full findings of the "What's Changed About Being Jewish in Scotland" survey were released this week, a co-author of the study said that despite the negativity of many respondents, "the vast majority of Scottish Jews are here to stay".


'I'm awaiting my May day call,' Lipman tells UJIA

By John Fisher, July 25, 2016

Maureen Lipman has identified a professional positive to going grey. "Now I'll be able to play Theresa May," she told 200 guests at Leeds UJIA's women's appeal lunch, before launching into a wicked impersonation of the new PM.


They are unpaid but priceless

July 25, 2016

From key fundraisers to meals-on-wheels providers, the breadth of Jewish Care's volunteer army was showcased at its awards night, held at the charity's Friern Barnet campus.

The age spectrum was also covered with long-time volunteers recognised alongside teenage helpers.


Marks targets hate crime in Shoah trust job

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

Laura Marks has begun her stint as the chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust by calling for increased educational outreach to combat rising hate crime.

The Mitzvah Day founder, who has served the trust for two years as vice-chair, noted that a record 5,500 events were organised for HMD 2016.

Yet "racial tensions are running high. We are worried about intolerance.