Community life

Chatham shul in major art launch

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2014

An independent synagogue in the south-east of England has launched a national arts campaign, in a bid to bring more attention to regional Jewish communities.


Liberals heed conference calls for progression

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2014

Some people believe religion and politics should not mix. But Rabbi Jonah Pesner, senior-president of the Union of Reform Judaism in North America, is not among them.

His keynote speech to Liberal Judaism's biennial conference at the weekend was a stirring call to action. "To be a Progressive Jew is to put a stake in the ground for a political vision of a just society," he declared.


Yorkshire renewal gives Mirvis hope for future

By John Fisher and Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2014

On a three-day Yorkshire visit, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis conveyed a message of connection, commitment and unity, encouraging diminishing regional communities to fulfil their potential.

"Even when numbers are declining, we still need to be empowering ourselves to deliver greater success so that we can climb higher and higher," he said.


Police chief urges joint approach against abuse

By Sandy Rashty, May 19, 2014

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick told 300 Jewish Women's Aid supporters that communal groups had a responsibility to work with the force to tackle domestic violence.

Addressing a central London lunch that raised over £170,000 for the abuse charity, she said that the issue was not one for the criminal justice system alone.


Norwood joins Spurs in sporting venture

May 19, 2014

A Norwood partnership with Tottenham Hotspur that will offer sporting opportunities for those with learning disabilities has received a £444,000 grant from Sport England's Inclusive Sport Fund.

Through Change the Game, Norwood and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will deliver sporting sessions for over 200 people across London and Berkshire for the next three years.


Supersub Merson scores with fans

May 19, 2014

Jewish Care was forced into a late substitution when Glenn Hoddle had to pull out of its Redbridge sports breakfast with less than 24 hours' notice due to the ill health of his mother.

Former England and Arsenal star Paul Merson stepped into the breach in front of a predominantly Spurs-supporting audience.


Concern for orphans in Odessa homes

May 19, 2014

The impact of the volatile situation in Ukraine on the Tikva homes in Odessa for abandoned or at-risk Jewish youngsters was highlighted at a dinner held by Tikva UK at the Millennium Hotel, Grosvenor Square, which raised over £1 million.


Changing of guard in Manchester

By Simon Round, May 19, 2014

In his farewell report to Manchester Jewish Representative Council, outgoing president Frank Baigel said it had been an "honour to represent the community which has high status in the civic life of this region.

"One thing is clear. We now have a louder voice in national Jewish circles as befits the second largest community in the UK. But there is still much more to do"


Peaking nicely at 50

By Rosa Doherty, May 19, 2014

Most people celebrate their 50th with a party. Lauren Kraftman signed up to climb 3 mountains in 24 hours.


Learning together

May 19, 2014

A proposed learning centre will bring together children from the Bushey, Pinner and Stanmore and Canons Park United Synagogue communities.

The plan is for the Aleph Learning Centre NW to open at the beginning of next academic year.