Community life

Tragedy for Belsize Square cantor

April 20, 2015

Belsize Square Synagogue’s cantor, Paul Heller, missed the congregation’s Pesach services to return to his native Colombia. He wanted be with his family following the murder of his nephew, Steven, who was stabbed protecting his girlfriend.

Mr Heller said that Steven and his girlfriend, Laura, were hiking to an eco-village on the outskirts of Bogota when they were set upon.

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Loving the wildlife in Leeds

By John Fisher, April 20, 2015

A popular wildlife attraction in Leeds has reopened after a substantial donation from patrons the Ziff family assisted the final phase of a two-year £1.5 million refurbishment.

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Orchard is right up Sam's street

By Jay Grenby , April 20, 2015

The oldest and longest-standing member of Welwyn Garden City Synagogue, 97-year-old Sam Ostro, has had a 20-tree apple orchard named after him.

Sam’s Orchard is located at the corner of the road where the gardening enthusiast has lived for the past 56 years. It is part of a scheme introduced by Welwyn-Hatfield Council to create small orchards in open spaces.

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Mum's the word for MDA donor

April 20, 2015

To celebrate the 100th birthday of his mother, Magen David Adom UK’s vice-president, Irving Carter, dedicated his 11th ambulance to MDA at a Tel Aviv ceremony attended by family and friends. The event also included the dedication of a bomb shelter by Maurice and Frances Berman.

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'Don't stand by' is next HMD theme

April 20, 2015

A Woman rescued as a child from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia by Sir Nicholas Winton was among speakers at the Manchester launch of the theme for next year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, Don’t Stand By.

Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines said that the title encapsulated the efforts of people like Sir Nicholas, who did not stand by but took action.

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Birthright - now open to past tour members

April 8, 2015

For the first time, a free Birthright programme in the Holy Land will be available to young professionals who took an Israel tour in their teens.

Previously, the 10-day tours were open only to those who had never been on an organised programme.

The Young UJIA tour is being organised by Frankie Stanton, who said the aim was to attract 21-to-26-year-olds who had become distanced from the commu

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Eruv alterations prompt protest

By Josh Jackman, April 8, 2015

Revised eruv plans for Bushey passed by Hertsmere Borough Council have attracted local condemnation.

Although the eruv was green-lighted in 2013, amendments for two extra pole sites were passed unanimously at a council meeting a fortnight ago.

But the Bushey Residents Group has now amassed 450 signatures for an anti-eruv petition.

After the latest council decision, group spokesperson Gay

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The road to ruin? JW3 attacks plans to cut bus route from Golders Green

By Josh Jackman, April 8, 2015

A proposal to scrap a bus route which links Golders Green to the JW3 centre in Finchley Road has been criticised by communal chiefs.

Transport for London has run a public consultation, closing this Friday, over dropping the number 13 bus, along with its nocturnal equivalent, the N13. To soften the blow, TfL has suggested making the 82, which covers the same route, a 24-hour service.

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Cardiff starts its rabbinical search after lengthy 'mourning period'

By Josh Jackman, April 8, 2015

Cardiff Reform Synagogue expects to fill its longstanding rabbincal vacancy by Rosh Hashanah.

After the sudden resignation of Rabbi Charles Middleburgh a year ago, the shul waited nine months to begin a search for his successor.

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Alyth's Friday Night fever is a crowd-puller

By Simon Rocker, April 8, 2015

Some synagogues struggle to muster a Friday night minyan. But not Alyth - the North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green - which has doubled attendances over the past year or so.

"We've always had a big Friday night service with 100 to 150 people," said Rabbi Mark Goldsmith.

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