Community life

Mitzvah Day set to reignite links with Muslims

By Barry Toberman, November 6, 2014

Mitzvah Day projects will help rebuild UK Jewish-Muslim relations in the aftermath of the Gaza conflict, its founder and chair Laura Marks believes.

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Museums joining forces

By Rosa Doherty, November 6, 2014

Camden's Jewish Museum will integrate artefacts from the Jewish Military Museum into its permanent galleries from next spring following the closure of the military museum's Hendon premises.

Through a merger, the Jewish Museum will assume responsibility for the military museum's collection of 4,000 objects, plus its learning programme.

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Redbridge shuls merge

By Josh Jackman, November 6, 2014

Members of the Clayhall and Newbury Park synagogues have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the first United Synagogue merger in more than a decade.

Subject to US Council ratification, the merged congregation will launch in January as Redbridge United Synagogue, with services at Clayhall's Sinclair House base.

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He hikes, he paints, he does yoga - and he's 100

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2014

When Ulrich Weigert turned 100, there were five birthday parties and cards from the Queen and a government minister.

But on the downside, he managed only a 1.6 kilometre country walk, rather than the two kilometres he normally covers. At least he did not miss his regular art class on his birthday morning, or his yoga group later in the week.

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Federation to open cemetery in NW London

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

The Federation of Synagogues has achieved a long-standing aim by purchasing land to open a cemetery in north-west London.

An 11-acre site has been acquired in Edgwarebury Lane, south of existing Jewish cemeteries serving other communities.

Federation president Andrew Cohen said it was "right in the middle of where we want to be in a major catchment area.

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Just bags of support

By John Fisher, November 6, 2014

Brodetsky Primary pupils helped the annual Leeds Jewish Welfare Board big bag appeal get off to a flying start.

LJWB representatives were at the campus to collect quality items brought in by pupils after a half-term clear-out. They will be sold at the board's charity outlet, thewellfairshop.

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Unsung hero is 'embarrassed' by recognition

By Josh Jackman, November 6, 2014

A self-effacing Canary Wharf executive who has organised activities for the Docklands and wider east London community for 24 years has been presented with Jewish Care's major communal award.

Danny Seliger, administration director at Canary Wharf Management, received the Topland award at a lunch at London's Grosvenor House on Wednesday attended by 550 people.

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Poles knight Auschwitz rabbi

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

A rabbi who has led more than 150 study missions to Auschwitz has received a Polish knighthood for his services to Holocaust education and dialogue between Jews and Poles.

Rabbi Barry Marcus was presented with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit by the Polish Ambassador, Witold Sobkow, in London.

Since taking his first group nearly 20 years ago, he has accompanied more than 25,000 stude

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Liverpool builds up care

November 6, 2014

Merseyside Jewish Community Care is to redevelop its Shifrin House headquarters next year to cater for communal use.

Incoming president Howard Winik told the MJCC AGM that the "exciting project will create a ground floor meeting room with disabled access. We will create a resource that will enable MJCC to pilot new projects where there is an identified need.

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Toksvig is a page-turner for Nightingale diners

November 6, 2014

In a wide-ranging address to Nightingale Hammerson's literary lunch at Claridge's in central London, author and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig spoke about her childhood in Copenhagen and her book, Hitler's Canary, based on the true story of how her relatives helped to save Danish Jews from the Nazis.

Discussing her new book, Peas & Queues, she explained some of the amusing reasons behind polite beha

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