Community life

Ofsted rating pleases Sacks Morasha chiefs

July 17, 2014

Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary in Finchley has been rated "good with outstanding features" in its first Ofsted inspection since becoming voluntary-aided in April 2013.

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Murdered teen's family is moved by pledges

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 17, 2014

Over 100 cards from Manchester families have been delivered to the home of murdered Israeli teenager Naftali Frenkel. The cards contained messages of hope and commitments from members of south Manchester synagogues to charities and communal organisations which would be performed in memory of the three young Israelis murdered in the West Bank.

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Tribute to leading lady

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2014

Hull Wizo has held its largest fundraising event in years, collecting thousands of pounds for disadvantaged children in memory of a former leader.

Avril Rowland died last year following an eight-year battle against cancer. She had been a community stalwart, holding a number of charity committee positions and volunteering for hundreds of hours for Jewish and non-Jewish groups across the city.

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Care charity celebrates as duchess is back for seconds

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2014

There was a royal return for Jewish Blind and Disabled when the Duchess of Gloucester opened its £10.6 million development in Bushey, Cecil Rosen Court, on Wednesday.

For the duchess had also formally opened the charity's original Cecil Rosen Court - named after the JBD founder - in Wembley 20 years ago.

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Navy man gets proper burial after ID appeal

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 14, 2014

A Salford man who died alone has been given a Jewish burial after staff at Manchester's Nicky Alliance Day Care Centre identified him as a regular attendee.

Wallace Cohen, 70, lived mostly estranged from the Jewish community in Lower Broughton. After falling ill last week, he called for an ambulance and was taken to Royal Salford Hospital, where he died.

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Primary school fights Ofsted downgrade

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 14, 2014

Broughton Jewish Primary School is appealing against its latest Ofsted inspection findings, claiming the inspector's report contained inaccuracies which led to a downgrading to "requires improvement".

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Wembley winner

July 14, 2014

The Spanish and Portuguese congregation in Wembley has a new rabbi, Daniel Kada, who previously worked for Torah Action Life, an organisation catering for young Jewish professionals.

Rabbi Kada - who studied at yeshivot in Gateshead and Israel - said he was joining "a vibrant and warm" community.

Wembley chair Rony Sabah looked forward to the rabbi's "inspiring leadership".

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Weizmann is one in a million

July 14, 2014

Some of the best known names in Anglo-Jewry were represented at Weizmann UK's gala dinner, celebrating long-term British support for Israeli scientific advancement.

Representatives of the Sieff, Clore Duffield, Rothschild and Wolfson families were among 300 guests at the event, held at the Science Museum in Kensington, which raised over £1.1 million.

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St Albans finally gets its man after a 50-year wait

By Jay Grenby, July 14, 2014

St Albans United Synagogue is ready to welcome its first rabbi and rebbetzin for more than 50 years, following members' unanimous approval of the appointment of Rabbi Daniel Sturgess and his wife Alli.

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Landaus are relishing the good life in Kingston

By Jay Grenby, July 14, 2014

As Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue is the full title of Kingston's United congregation, Surbiton-set self-sufficiency sitcom The Good Life was an apt theme for the induction of Rabbi Samuel and Shoshana Landau, who have a joint leadership role.

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