Community life

We're showing our solidarity with Israel

August 21, 2014

UK Jews took part in a wide-ranging solidarity mission in Israel this week, organised by UJIA to give community members the opportunity to convey their support in person.

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Finchley's new rabbi is 'excited' by challenge

August 14, 2014

Jeremy Lawrence has taken up his post as senior rabbi at Finchley Synagogue after nine years as chief minister of Sydney's Great Synagogue.

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Kieran gets the 'big ears' he's dreamed about

By Jay Grenby, August 14, 2014

Nine-year-old Bushey boy Kieran Sorkin was born deaf with just small lobes where his ears should have been. But he now has the "big ears" he has always wanted, created from the cartilage of his own ribs, and grafted on to his head in a seven-hour operation performed by surgeons at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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Boris pays tribute to Stamford Hill activist

August 14, 2014

Boris Johnson and other London political and police leaders visited the home of Stamford Hill activist Rabbi Osher Schapiro last Thursday to celebrate the work of his Kol Boniach charity, helping troubled teenage boys in London, Manchester and Gateshead.

Mr Johnson first encountered Rabbi Schapiro during the 2012 mayoral campaign and the two have since held private meetings.

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Clean break for veterans

August 14, 2014

Manchester welfare charity The Fed stepped into the breach when a Salford ex-servicemen's care home was without laundry services during essential work to its premises.

The Fed was asked for help by Broughton House, which provides nursing care for elderly war veterans. The charities had previously forged links over employment issues.

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Survivors meet Belsen liberator

August 14, 2014

Nine Holocaust Survivors Centre members had an emotional meeting with a Bergen-Belsen liberator at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock.

Gilbert King, 97, was introduced to the survivors - five of whom were in Bergen-Belsen - who recalled their memories of liberation. For Mr King, an abiding recollection was of someone he freed kissing his boots.

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Linked by technology

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2014

A major tie-up between hi-tech companies in Cheshire and Israel has been sparked by a Tel Aviv visit by a science park delegation arranged by the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce North West.

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Housing chief builds for future

By John Fisher, August 14, 2014

Although Leeds Jewish Housing Association has responsibility for 483 properties, it's a "much more intimate" organisation than new chief executive Lee Bloomfield is accustomed to.

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Presidential apology at 100

August 14, 2014

A Vienna-born resident of Jewish Care's Clore Manor home in Hendon has received a letter on his 100th birthday from Austrian President Dr Heinz Fischer expressing regret "about your suffering in your birthplace".

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Good sports seek help on funding

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2014

Jewish sports and well-being groups are being encouraged to apply for some of the £1 million in unused cash from a Bury Council drive to get women exercising.

The "I Will If You Will" campaign was targeted to spend £2.38 million of Lottery and Sport England cash by September and the low disbursement has attracted criticism.

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