Community life

Shuvu's backers get a lesson on its work

January 22, 2015

British supporters of Shuvu's network of kindergartens and schools in Israel raised £200,000 from their first gala dinner, held in central London on Sunday.

"Turning dreams into reality" was the evening's theme and the 350-plus guests were told about the expansion plans of Shuvu, which currently educates over 6,000 children, primarily from underprivileged backgrounds.

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Salford cuts threaten charities' services

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Manchester communal charities fear the impact on services of the swingeing budget cuts proposed by Salford City Council, saying they are "being hit from all angles".

Salford - which has had its government funding reduced by £118 million since 2011 - has announced plans to slash £56 million from its budget over the next two years, includiing a £32.5 million reduction for 2015.

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She's operating well at Donisthorpe

By John Fisher, January 22, 2015

Jo Crossland has been appointed Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall's first chief operating officer, bringing to the role lengthy experience in the treatment of dementia.

"The more we understand through modern technology about people who have damage to their brains, and the human being behind that deterioration, the possibilities of supporting people continues to be endless," she said.

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Sadness as East End shul shuts

By Simon Rocker, January 22, 2015

Members of one of the last synagogues in London's East End have decided to call it a day.

The Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue - which opened in 1899 and is an affiliate of the Federation of Synagogues - is to be sold.

"It's a sad moment for all of us," said shul president Howard Michaels. "But most of our members are not local and we had trouble getting a minyan.

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UJIA's northern lights shine with £900k meals

January 22, 2015

Two regional dinners addressed by Israel's former US envoy, Michael Oren, have raised almost £900,000 for UJIA projects.

Around £680,000 was generated from the dinner at Manchester Hilton, where local UJIA chair Nici Wertheim told the 350 guests of her aim to "boost UJIA's reach by catering to different sections of the community with new events and activities".

Making the appeal, UJIA chai

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Weekend requires military planning

January 22, 2015

Over 50 Jewish members of HM Forces and their families gathered in Andover for a Shabbaton under the direction of senior Jewish chaplain Rabbi Reuben Livingstone.

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'Jewniorchefs' wanted

By Simon Rocker, January 22, 2015

West London Synagogue is looking for a talented teenager to cook up a winning recipe for its 175th birthday.

As part of its anniversary celebrations, the UK's oldest Reform synagogue is running a "JewniorChef" competition open to those aged from 12 to 16.

West London president Stephen Moss said "the reason we chose to focus on catering is partly due to the immense popularity of TV programmes

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Rich legacy of welfare chief

By John Fisher, January 22, 2015

Jewish Housing Association's sheltered accommodation development Queenshill Lawn has been re-dedicated in memory of local welfare chief Sheila Saunders.

From 1987-2010, Ms Saunders was chief executive of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board and Leeds Jewish Housing Association.

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Jacob's date with Sam Cam

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

A Leeds teenager who survived a three-year battle with cancer was a guest at a 10 Downing Street reception hosted by Samantha Cameron this week to promote a Cancer Research UK fundraising campaign.

Jacob Ziff was 14 when he was diagnosed with cancer of the white blood cells, known as acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Now in remission, Jacob said the invite to Downing Street was "a once-in-a-lif

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Ten weeks of Holocaust stories on app

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

A new app will allow users to read stories from people who were caught up in the Holocaust - "70 Voices: Victims, Perpetrators and Bystanders" will be available to download for free on both Apple and Android phones on Monday morning, ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27.

The app, created by the Holocaust Educational Trust, will feature a new story every day for 70 days.

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