Community life

Leeds kosher food outlet transfers ownership

By John Fisher, March 17, 2016

Leeds Gourmet Foods, managed for over a century by Etz Chaim Synagogue members, is now under new management: Yankees Meats Leeds.

Etz Chaim president Malcolm Taylor said: "Times change and we need to change with them to ensure a positive future for Gourmet."

Etz Chaim members belong to the Leeds Jewish Workers Co-operative (LJW) which owns Gourmet Foods, and for over 100 years the Alwoodley


Royals back campaigner's wish to open minds to mental health

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin has said that speaking to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was "like talking to friends".

The ambassador for mental health charity Jami was meeting the duke and duchess ahead of a film screening about suicide prevention.

"We really could have talked for hours," Mr Benjamin said.


Federation names third dayan for its beth din

March 17, 2016

The Federation has appointed Dayan Yehonoson Hool as the third dayan on its beth din.

The former Hasmonean High School pupil studied at yeshivas both in Gateshead and Jerusalem, gaining his semichah in 2002. He went on to take examinations for the Israeli Chief Rabbinate dayonus programme.


£2.50 proves rather nifty for Jewish Care centres

March 17, 2016

Kosher Deli customers have been showing their generosity by adding £2.50 to their shopping bill at its five stores in north west London to subsidise kosher meals for older people who visit Jewish Care's community centres across London and the south east.

Over the past three months shop staff have scanned the additional bar code 1,600 times for customers wishing to make a donation, raising £4,


Holiday camp closes its doors after a century

By Naomi Firsht, March 17, 2016

A summer camp which had provided free holidays for underprivileged children for 100 years has had to close its doors due to a poor take-up of places.

The Jewish Children's Holiday Fund ran annual two-week holidays for eight to 11-year-olds, but this year, it had to cancel after fewer than 20 children signed up for the summer.

Charity chairman Ian Donoff said: "It wasn't worth it to run our o


Eat, drink and help Chai, say friends who brunch

March 17, 2016

Batmitzvah Girls held a Sunday brunch raising over £1,000 for Chai.

The youngsters, Allie Bohm, Amalya Millan, Isabella Becker, Katy Denby and Sofia Forman invited 40 of their school friends to a Sunday morning brunch to raise money for Chai's support services.


New chapter for historic Sephardi Torah scroll

March 17, 2016

A passionate collector of bibles might not have foreseen that one of his bequests would lead to a Shacharit service taking place in the Wren Library at Cambridge University.

William Aldis Wright, a former vice-master of Trinity College, Cambridge, who died in 1914, had bequested to the college a 14th-century Sephardi sefer Torah found in the Yemen.


We can make real changes, says activist rabbi

March 17, 2016

Liberal Judaism's Rabbi Janet Darley has collected a major human rights award.

The South London Liberal Synagogue minister was part of the Citizens UK group who won the Champions of the Year prize at the Women on the Move Awards at the Royal Festival Hall.

The award recognised how Citizens UK, which has been campaigning on refugee and migrant issues for more than a decade, has promoted the r


Stanmore in harmony as it takes its first steps along a path of friendship

By Jay Grenby, March 17, 2016

Harmonious relations between different religious groups were the bedrock of a good society, said former United Synagogue president Seymour Saideman, chairman of Stanmore Synagogue's recently-formed Public Affairs Committee.

He was speaking at an "Evening of Friendship" arranged by the synagogue to provide an opportunity for local faith and other community leaders to forge relationships and deve


Maitlis makes news for WJR's women's work

March 17, 2016

BBC journalist and presenter Emily Maitlis made the headlines for a World Jewish Relief lunch raising awareness and support for vulnerable women in the charity's programmes.

Ms Maitlis told the all-female audience about her visits to WJR support programmes.