Community life

100-year-old drives to his JDA party

March 19, 2015

David Stellman has become the first member of the UK Jewish deaf community to celebrate a 100th birthday, according to the Jewish Deaf Association.

The JDA member drove himself and his partner, Joan Weinberg, 85, to the association's Finchley centre for a party with friends, staff and volunteers.

Mr Stellman worked in his father's Hatton Garden jewellery business.

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Let's drink to better disabled access

March 12, 2015

A campaign by a Jewish Care resident to make Golders Green shops more accessible for wheelchair users has led to the local Starbucks providing full disabled access after a renovation.

Matthew Kayne, 31, who lives at the charity's Rela Goldhill Lodge, said disabled customers had difficulty accessing stores in Golders Green Road.

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Survivor's debt to centre

March 12, 2015

Auschwitz survivor Freddie Knoller received a standing ovation from guests at Jewish Care's young patrons dinner as he explained how the Holocaust Survivors Centre had changed his life.

"For 35 years, I never spoke a word about what had happened to me in the Holocaust," Mr Knoller, 93, recalled. "My children asked what they were supposed to say to my grandchildren. So I began to tell them.

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Camp Simcha to aid more sick children

By Rosa Doherty, March 12, 2015

Plans to expand the work of children's charity Camp Simcha were revealed at its 20th anniversary dinner on Sunday, which raised a record £1.7 million.

Addressing the 1,100 guests at Grosvenor House in London's West End, Camp Simcha chief executive, Neville Goldschneider, said that in addition to working with children with life-threatening illness and their families, the charity would also now

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JBD launches pioneering advisory service

March 12, 2015

A ground-breaking advisory service for those with physical disability, memory issues or visual impairment has been launched by Jewish Blind & Disabled.

Available on the JBD website, Empowering Ability was set up "to offer information and support to enable people to live independently", explained chief executive, Hazel Kaye.

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Purim arrest and gripes

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2015

A man has been arrested on suspicion of racial harassment after allegedly verbally abusing a boy celebrating Purim in Golders Green Road.

The 27-year-old was bailed to a date later this month pending further inquiries, police said.

Barnet police have also received complaints about over-zealous Purim fundraisers.

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'I was banished for attending Israeli college'

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2015

Guests at UJIA's women's lunch on Monday were moved by the story of a Druze woman who was excluded from her community for pursuing an academic career in Israel.

Dr Randa Abbas told the 220 guests that she had been placed under a "religious ban" for attending the UJIA-backed Western Galilee College in northern Israel.

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Mum's the word for £1m drive

By Rosa Doherty, March 12, 2015

A group of north-west London mums and daughters hope to make it a special Mother's Day for Cancer Research UK by raising £1 million through a social media campaign inspired by the #nomakeupselfie.

The Mothers and Daughters committee has come up with the #MyMumandMe hashtag, in partnership with the charity, and is asking people to share a photo of themselves and their mum on Sunday.

"We're a

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Sent packing for children

March 12, 2015

A charity set up in memory of a Tzedek volunteer which provides arrival packs to vulnerable children who come to the UK has reached a milestone.

Tory MP Mike Freer joined groups from around London for the Separated Child Foundation's "purple packathon", at which its 5,000th arrival pack was handed out.

The charity's inspiration was Londoner Ester Gluck, who died in 2006, aged 24.

She had

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Mirvis brings in cash for 'excellence'

By Simon Rocker, March 9, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis remembers the episode well. Some 15 years ago, as a United Synagogue minister, he was mentoring a younger colleague in an outlying community who had come up with a “fantastic idea” — a Friday night dinner for the under-40s.

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