Community life

Leicester gets share of £1.2m heritage funding

July 2, 2015

Leicester Hebrew Congregation has received almost £82,000 initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its £1.2 million Sharing Jewish Heritage project.

The aim is to preserve and celebrate the Jewish history of a city where the Orthodox synagogue building has been used for worship and educational purposes since 1897.

Its school rooms will be transformed into a visitors' centre, refl

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Shaw thing for Mizrachi as it recruits US educator

July 2, 2015

United Synagogue educational leader and Stanmore Synagogue community development rabbi, Andrew Shaw, is leaving the US to become Mizrachi UK's CEO.

Rabbi Shaw founded Tribe, the US's youth arm, has been instrumental in Holocaust memorial projects, and is currently director of its education-focused living and learning department.

He sees his move to the religious Zionist organisation as a nat

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Making a quick buck

July 2, 2015

British supporters of Israeli educational charity Shuvu played a key role in an international fundraising challenge against the clock, contributing $250,000 to a $1.7 million total.

Donations made during the 24-hour drive, organised by New York-based body, Charidy, were quadrupled with matching funding from major donors.

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Your chance to choose the JC's top volunteer

By Tal Fox, July 1, 2015

Voting has now closed. The winner will be announced at the Jewish Volunteering Network’s award evening on 7 September. If you are interested in attending, please email hilary@jvn.org.uk

A wheelchair user and a retired teacher have been nominated for an award for outstanding volunteers.

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Baby steps towards £1m fertility support programme

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

For five years, GP Rachel Stone, 34, and her solicitor husband, Andrew, 35, tried to conceive.

After four cycles of IVF treatment costing a total £50,000, the Cheshire couple even contemplated moving to a cheaper property to fund another attempt.

She had one embryo left when her cousin told her about Bonei Olam, an international charity providing fertility treatment funding.

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They're all singing the praises of Yiddish at JW3

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

The sound of Yiddish song has been resonating around JW3's Finchley Road premises as a varied group of enthusiasts prepare for a concert taking place on Tuesday.

Singers of all ages and backgrounds - non-Jewish UCL students among them - are being put through their paces by 32-year-old professional Yiddish singer Rachel Weston, who leads the Zingt workshops, organised in conjunction with the Jew

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Chief enjoys a Spur-fect day

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

A Spurs scarf was Ephraim Mirvis's memento of the first visit by a Chief Rabbi to the St Annes community in almost a quarter of a century.

Rabbi Mirvis was presented with the scarf - embroidered with a Star of David and his initials - after conducting the induction of Rabbi Ephraim Guttentag as minister of the Lancashire congregation.

Monday's event was also a celebration of the golden jubil

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Mercy dash comforts sick woman

By Jay Grenby, June 25, 2015

An Israeli Arab who heads an Akko community centre promoting coexistence made a flying UK visit to comfort a terminally ill Harrow woman who supports his work.

Artist and author Gilda Zeitlin and her husband, Graham, first visited Mohammed Fahili's Sir Charles Clore centre, promoting Arab-Israeli co-operation, four years ago. "The place is so inspiring," Mr Zeitlin said.

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Square deal features housing

By JCReporter, June 25, 2015

Belsize Square Synagogue is working towards a major redevelopment funded partly by the incorporation of a small number of residential units. Initial plans will be on show at a public exhibition at the north London shul next week.

The proposal is to replace the existing hall with a multi-use area.

There will also be new open space, intended to improve the appearance of the building.

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Paralympian tells of his debt to MDA's medics

By JCReporter, June 25, 2015

The story of an Israeli war veteran who went on to become a gold medal-winning Paralympian was told to 100 Magen David Adom UK patrons and supporters at a City Hall reception hosted by MDA UK with Braintree MP and London Assembly member James Cleverly.

Noam Gershony served in the IDF as a pilot.

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