Community life

Mass-orti day

February 17, 2014

From a papal audience to bicycle repairs, Sunday's Yom Masorti educational day had something for everyone among the record 300-plus crowd at Finchley's New North London Synagogue.


Czech scrolls anniversary draws worldly crowd

By Simon Rocker, February 17, 2014

They are places where you might not even suspect there would be a Jewish community: Succasunna, New Jersey; Munster, Indiana; Peabody, Massachusetts; Tyler, Texas.

But they all have one thing in common - their synagogues house one of the scrolls from an historic collection of Czech Sifrei Torah salvaged from the Nazis.


Football debate scores big with JW3 supporters

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2014

The lack of Jewish professional footballers, racism in sport and Nicolas Anelka's quenelle gesture were the most hotly-contested issues at a debate on the beautiful game which drew a capacity crowd to JW3 in Finchley Road.

They watched clips of comedian David Baddiel and the film Sixty Six, in which a barmitzvah boy's big day coincides with the 1966 World Cup final.


Rantzen works to preserve our old 'treasures'

By Rosa Doherty, February 17, 2014

Esther Rantzen has told 100 Jewish Care residents and Holocaust Survivors Centre members that they are "national treasures who deserve to be listened to".

The broadcaster and journalist recently founded the confidential Silver Line service for the elderly. She explained to her audience at Jewish Care's Wohl campus in Golders Green how the helpline had been prompted by her own experiences.


Special Shabbat reflects will to increase legacies

By Charlotte Oliver, February 17, 2014

The importance of legacies to Jewish charities will be highlighted during a "Legacy Shabbat" next month being supported by the United, Reform and Liberal movements.

In services on March 1, shuls will focus on the issue either through rabbis' sermons or leaflets and other promotional material.


Brodetsky's 'good' show

February 17, 2014

Ofsted inspectors have marked the Brodetsky Jewish Primary in Leeds as a "good" school in a new report.

After a visit last month, the inspectors concluded that pupils left the school with above average standards in reading, writing and maths and that the quality of teaching was good across all key stages.


School criticised by Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, February 17, 2014

A Chasidic primary boys' school in Hackney has been criticised by Ofsted for giving pupils an inadequate secular education after an emergency inspection.

An inspector arrived unannounced last month at the Chaim Meirim school, which is run by the Visnitz Chasidic group for 230 pupils aged from five to 12.


Learning to love Limmud up north

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

Manchester's biggest ever Limmud event attracted around 600 people to a learning programme in Didsbury on Sunday.

Presenters included one Reform rabbi - Menorah Synagogue's Haim Shalom - while five Orthodox ministers participated.


Mixed-faith couples discuss the challenges they face

By Charlotte Oliver, February 13, 2014

Reform Judaism's senior rabbi has urged recognition and celebration of the fact that mixed-faith couples were "fundamentally integrated into Jewish life".

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner highlighted the need to embrace diversity at the annual "I'm Jewish, My Partner Isn't" seminar, held on Sunday at Finchley's Sternberg Centre.

Liberal and Reform rabbis and counsellors joined couples for the eve


Young gays supported

February 13, 2014

A culturally sensitive and confidential support service for Jewish 16-21-year-olds who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender - or think that they might be - will be launched in spring.

It follows an in-depth survey conducted by the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group (JGLG) to ascertain the wishes and concerns of young LGBTQs.