Community life

Finchley shul hosts Eid Somalis

July 31, 2014

Members of the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association, whose centre was burnt down in an arson attack last year, enjoyed a kosher-catered Eid celebration at Finchley Synagogue.

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Woodland cemetery gets building

July 31, 2014

The Jewish Joint Burial Society, providing funeral services to 37 Reform, Masorti, Liberal and independent synagogues, has started building the prayer house at the Woodland cemetery, Cheshunt, the first Jewish woodland cemetery in Europe.

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Art lovers bank on Rothschild

By Julia Weiner, July 31, 2014

Internationally renowned sculptor Eva Rothschild spoke about her work to 100 supporters of British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel at its annual Women in Art lunch.

Works by Ms Rothschild were installed specially for the occasion at the new gallery premises of Modern Art London, where the sculptor was interviewed by the ICA's Katherine Stout.

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A healthy north is just the job

July 31, 2014

Maccabi GB is spreading its health conscious wings to the north with the appointment of Oliver Grant as its first regional sports development co-ordinator, in partnership with UJIA.

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British values in the classroom

By Simon Rocker, July 31, 2014

Jewish schools have been briefed on guidelines to promote British values and respect for equality, which come into force next term.

Sara Perlmutter, the Board's education policy and projects manager, believes the schools will be able to cope with the changes "if they are prepared with the right guidance and get up to speed".

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Ofsted tells 'inadequate' school: must do better

By Simon Rocker, July 31, 2014

Ofsted inspectors have strongly criticised a Yiddish-speaking Chasidic school in Stamford Hill for providing an "inadequate" education.

Talmud Torah Chaim Meirim Wiznitz - a primary school for 242 boys aged mainly from five to 13 which is associated with the Vishnitz sect - was instructed to make improvements after an emergency inspection in January.

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Brondesbury submits plans for latest eruv

By Jay Grenby, July 24, 2014

Brondesbury Park Synagogue has submitted planning applications to Camden and Brent councils for an eruv covering the greater part of the Brondesbury, Queens Park, Willesden and Kilburn area with marginal extension into Cricklewood and West Hampstead.

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Gelley gets head role

July 24, 2014

Dayan Menachem Gelley has been appointed head of the London Beth Din, a position unfilled since the retirement of Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu in early 2007. Since that time Dayan Gelley has held the position of senior dayan, fulfilling many of the functions and responsibilities of the Rosh Beth Din.

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Kisharon wheels out welcome

July 24, 2014

A visit to the Hendon offices of special needs charity Kisharon and its adjoining adult day centre gave 60 JFS students a chance to interact with people with learning difficulties.

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Games opening gives visitors a history lesson

By Adam Henderson, July 24, 2014

Glasgow Jewry has shown its hospitality - and history - to visitors to the city for the Commonwealth Games.

Local shuls and families have extended a welcome to Jews in Scotland for the Games. And Garnethill Synagogue was among the participants in Wednesday's open day of historic buildings normally closed to the general public.

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