Community life

Engaging with Muslims

June 10, 2016

The launch of a Leeds branch of the Nisa-Nashim Muslim-Jewish women's network attracted a turnout of more than 60. Regional co-chair Salma Arif said the response demonstrated "a real appetite for dialogue". Nisa-Nashim National co-chairs Laura Marks and Julie Siddiqi addressed the event and plans for future activities such as halal/kosher food evenings and friendship walks were discussed.

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Connecting women

June 10, 2016

Professor Julia Hobsbawm addressed the inaugural meeting of women's forum the Aitza Network in central London on her career and her Jewish journey. The network is an initiative of Women in Jewish Leadership, a Board of Deputies project. Board chief executive Gillian Merron said it provided "a valuable opportunity for women from a diverse cross-section of the community to connect".

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Shul's festival escorts

June 10, 2016

Extra police officers will be deployed in Manchester to help congregants get to Prestwich synagogues for Shavuot during a major music festival.

The Parklife festival will attract thousands of fans this weekend for a bill including Jess Glynne and the Chemical Brothers.

Organisers have worked with the police, the city council and the local Orthodox Jewish Liaison Committee to try to ensure sa

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Board's ex-social action chief has faith in new role

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2016

The Board of Deputies' interfaith and social action officer has left after five years to join a new government-backed faith venture.

Rabbi Natan Levy has become head of operations at the Fayre Share Foundation, the charity founded by Jewish interfaith activist Maurice Ostro, vice-chairman of the Council of Christians and Jews.

The foundation is the lead partner in a consortium recently chose

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Langdon members take the long route

June 10, 2016

Langdon Brady Club members Robert Bluestone, 18, and Jamie Pash, 19, hope their long distance endeavours will raise much-needed funds for the Edgware enterprise, which helps those with mild to moderate learning difficulties.

The pair will be running the maximum distance of 16 kilometres and "really want to raise as much money as possible for Langdon, so the activities we do at Brady Club can co

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Pushy pair will be out to profit for Step by Step

June 10, 2016

Hadasa Mayerfeld will be pushy in the nicest way when she helps wheelchair-bound Moishe Duvid Gluck complete the 5k course in aid of the Step by Step charity and the pair are hoping to top last year's £3,000-plus in sponsorship.

Ms Mayerfeld, 22, is a volunteer co-ordinator for Step by Step and has become great friends with Moishe, 15, who is severely disabled.

"The run is perfect to combin

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She's a dogged entrant

June 10, 2016

When partially sighted Bracha Ben-Avraham realised that her vision was deteriorating further, she contacted the Israel Guide Dog Centre.

Having lived most her life without mobility aids, the thought of "suddenly needing help scared me". What frightened her most was the prospect of losing her independence.

In 2009, the centre provided Ms Ben-Avraham with a labrador, Suki.

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We're honouring bomb victim uncle

June 10, 2016

Relatives of Yoni Jesner, the young Glaswegian volunteer killed in a suicide bus bombing in Tel Aviv in 2002, will be running for the foundation established in his memory.

Nine-year-old Yonatan Jesner, who was named after his late uncle, and younger brothers Amitai, 7, and Ilan, 4, will be among a 50-plus contingent from the charity.

"I know I have a very important name," Yonatan said.

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Shul advertises 'filled' post

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2016

Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue remains hopeful that the Canadian rabbi chosen to be its next leader will be able to join, despite the shul having re-advertised the position last week.

Members of the congregation were surprised to see an advert in the Orthodox press for the ministerial post, which has remained vacant since the retirement of Rabbi Pinchas Roberts in January 2015.

The congregat

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Ref gets shirty for The Fed

By Josh Jackman, June 10, 2016

Premier League referee Anth-ony Taylor was onside for Manchester welfare charity The Fed when he addressed a fundraiser at its Heathlands Village.

Mindful of the stars he will once again encounter on English grounds next season, anecdotes relating to his favourite and least favourite players were shared on condition of confidentiality.

The Mancunian official - who refereed international matc

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