Community life

Hale eruv plan is opposed

By Charlotte Oliver, July 21, 2016

Renewed plans for an eruv in Hale, Manchester, could lead to "an increase in antisemitism", a local Tory councillor has claimed.

Patrick Myers voiced his concerns after a letter on plans for a 12-mile religious boundary was sent to residents by the Hale Eruv Project Trust, headed by Rabbi Joel Portnoy of Hale and District Hebrew Congregation.

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Brighton unveils memorial to its first Jewish settler

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

Rosemary Totton had been searching for information about her great-great-great-great-grandfather Israel Samuel since 2003.

And on discovering that 250 years ago, he was the first Jew to settle in Brighton, Mrs Totton, husband Alan and son Joshua made the 11,000-mile journey from their New Zealand home to witness a blue plaque ceremony organised as part of the anniversary celebrations.

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Moving services

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

A "trans-geographical" community meeting in different London locations is being planned by an Orthodox rabbinic couple.

Rabbi Naftali and Dina Brawer have been running "pop-up" experimental Shabbat services, as well as study groups, over the past year.

They want "a community that binds people together through shared values rather than geography", Rabbi Brawer said.

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Scot and bothered

By Charlotte Oliver, July 21, 2016

The director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) has accused the Board of Deputies of failing to back its Scottish members.

Addressing Sunday's Board meeting in London, Ephraim Borowski asked why SCoJeC had not received financial support from the Board in 18 months.

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Helping firebomb victims

July 21, 2016

Norwich Liberal Jewish Community has been prominent in a campaign to help a Romanian family whose village shop was firebombed.

NLJC chair Annie Henriques spoke at a rally in support of the family, who have been in the UK for two years and whose shop is close to the premises where the community holds services.

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Manchester museum wins Times accolade

By Cathy Forman, July 20, 2016

Manchester Jewish Museum has been named as the 10th best small museum in the UK by The Times. Ranked alongside the SS Great Britain, Norwich Castle and the Horniman Museum, MJM came in at number 10 out of 25 small museums from across the UK.

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Campus rebuild is big on independent living

By Josh Jackman, July 15, 2016

Jewish Care has unveiled plans for a £22 million project to overhaul its community centre in Redbridge, including the addition of 50 independent living flats. The current premises will be demolished and replaced with a modern facility incorporating a 700-capacity auditorium.

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MDA commits to funding £10 million medical facility

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2016

In its biggest fundraising drive, Magen David Adom UK has committed to raise £10 million over five years for a new logistics centre in Israel. Professor Eilat Shinar, blood services director of MDA, visited London thisweek to promote the project.

She explained that the existing Tel Aviv centre dated back to the 1980s. "When it was built no one thought war was going to reach Tel Aviv.

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Kidney recipient gets the chance to thank donor

By Charlotte Oliver, July 15, 2016

Stephen Colman and Philip Walters have not known each other for long. But their connection runs deeper than that of the closest of friends.

For less than two months ago, Mr Colman donated a kidney to Mr Walters for a successful transplant at the Royal Free in Hampstead.

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A lot to learn

July 15, 2016

Topics ranging from asylum seekers to the plight of traumatised young Israelis living on the Gaza border were discussed at the first Birmingham area day Limmud, which attracted a turnout of almost 200.

Given that the Limmud was held in the education suite of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, medical matters were also covered, as were traditional favourites such as food, art, literature and music.

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