Community life

JBD is thankful for cash pledges that will help users' independent living

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2015

Young professionals raised more than £6,000 for a Jewish, Blind and Disabled project that will enable service users to shop for their own meals.

The 75 guests at the event in central London last week were told that Project 21 - which asks supporters to donate £21 a month - would benefit JBD's 380 service users.


Friends sign up in Brum

October 21, 2015

More than 50 new supporters signed up to West Midlands Friends of Israel at the Christian Resources Exhibition held at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre.

Steering committee chair Ruth Jacobs said: "Our experience at CRE shows that many Christians understand the difficulties Israel must face." Other stands at the two-day event included Christian Friends of Magen David Adom and Christians A


Alyth music director retires on a high note

By Josh Jackman, October 21, 2015

A celebrated communal figure has been given a huge musical send-off ahead of her retirement after this Shabbat.

Viv Bellos was director of music at North Western Reform - also known as Alyth - in north-west London for 35 years, as well as taking charge of the shul's drama programme.

More than 400 guests attended the reception, which saw 100 of the choir singers who Mrs Bellos has led over th


Jamie Carragher helps Maccabi Brady net premier funds for sports centre

By Danny Caro, October 21, 2015

Jamie Carragher and the Chief Rabbi were special guests at the annual Maccabi London Brady lunch.

Mr Carragher, the former England and Liverpool defender, shared stories with the 220 diners about his playing days before turning his attention to life as a media pundit for Sky Sports.


Langdon opening London college

By Josh Jackman, October 15, 2015

Educational charity Langdon is to open a London college for the 16-to-25 age group, complementing its existing college in Manchester.

The charity - helping teenagers and young adults with mild-to-moderate learning needs towards independence - will convert its Maccabi House site in Edgware, which is currently used as a social centre.

It plans to identify and assess potential students in Novem


MDA is thankful for the big British contribution

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2015

The worsening situation in Israel gave added resonance to Monday's Magen David Adom UK dinner in central London, which raised £1.5 million for medical supplies and immediate response kits.

Israel's main emergency service relies on the diaspora to provide one-third of its annual $150 million (£98 million) budget.


£12m village will boost Manchester welfare

October 15, 2015

Manchester City Council chief executive, Sir Howard Bernstein, performed the ceremonial cutting of turf to mark the start of a £12 million care village project for Manchester Jewry in Didsbury.

The development is a collaboration between the Morris Feinmann Homes Trust and specialist care operator Belong.


Chief admires Holocaust garden

October 15, 2015

A Holocaust memorial garden at the United Synagogue's Waltham Abbey cemetery in Essex was opened by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis on Monday.


Masorti youth take trip to help refugees in Calais

By Rosa Doherty, October 15, 2015

Ten members of Masorti youth group Marom gave hands-on support to refugees over Succot by travelling to Calais to build shelters and sort supplies.

"I watched with horror as images of the refugee crisis began to flood news and social media channels," explained one of the group, Lily Stein.


Day centre's space probe

By Naomi Firsht, October 15, 2015

Jewish Care's Edgware and Harrow Jewish Day Centre will have to operate in reduced space as its host synagogue needs more room for its popular child-minding service.

The long-established day centre rents premises from Edgware and District Reform Synagogue for its weekday activities.