Community life

Crowds turn out for Chatham’s 150th

December 15, 2015

There was standing room only for a civic service to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of Chatham Memorial Synagogue, when some 200 people gathered for the commemoration.

The service was conducted by the Rev Malcolm Weisman, assisted by shul chairman Jon Weiner and Rabbi Cliff Cohen of Ramsgate Reform.

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Shabbat urn burns scar children for life

By Josh Jackman, December 10, 2015

More than two dozen children from strictly Orthodox London families have been treated for serious burns from Shabbat water urns over the past two years.

The children, mostly aged between five and 10, required skin grafts to repair the damage caused by the scalding hot water splashing from the urns, which hold up to 45 litres.

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Rabbi is not a unanimous choice

By Simon Rocker, December 10, 2015

Hendon Adath's newly chosen rabbi is expected to take up his post at the strictly Orthodox community before next Rosh Hashanah.

But in a vote of members, there were 54 against the appointment of Rabbi Shloime Yitzchok Bixenspanner from Canada - with 101 in favour.

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Girls' school puts brake on student drivers

By Simon Rocker, December 10, 2015

A strictly Orthodox girls' school in Hendon has told pupils that they should not drive in.

The independent Beth Jacob Grammar has issued a reminder of an existing rule, which applies only to "a few girls" as the school has only one sixth-form year.

A number of reasons, including safety, were behind the policy, a spokesperson explained.

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'Nothing prepares you for the loss of a child'

By Josh Jackman, December 10, 2015

It is every mother's nightmare. You give birth to a happy, healthy baby. Then, without warning, the child dies.

In April last year, Jennifer and Chris Reid lost their three-month-old son, Edward, to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Sids), previously known as cot death.

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Chai raises £1.2 million - and awareness

December 10, 2015

The development of the community's cancer support organisation Chai over the past 25 years was highlighted at a dinner at the Roundhouse in Camden which raised £1.2 million.

Chai has evolved from a telephone helpline to an 11-centre service across the UK helping more than 2,370 cancer patients, families and friends.

Examples of Chai's support were shown to the 800 guests in an emotional app

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Hendon Adath finds a rabbi at last

By Simon Rocker, December 4, 2015

One of London’s leading Charedi congregations has chosen a new rabbi after searching for more than a year.

Members of Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue voted last night by 101 to 54 to accept Rabbi Shloime Yitzchok Bixenspanner from Canada.

He will succeed Rabbi Pinchas Roberts, who retired in January after 50 years.

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Baddiel: 'You can be depressed for no reason'

By Josh Jackman, December 3, 2015

David Baddiel has spoken of his guilt at suffering from depression, a condition that also affected his grandfather, who survived the Holocaust.

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Orthodox influx brings second US Edgware shul

By Josh Jackman, December 3, 2015

A second United Synagogue shul is to be opened in Edgware to meet growing demand from Orthodox families moving to the area.

It will launch in premises in the Stonegrove area, with services starting next month and rapid progression to full US membership.

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Rabbi sues over lost job

December 3, 2015

The former rabbi of Reading Hebrew Congregation is taking legal action for alleged unfair dismissal. Rabbi Zvi and his wife Shira lost their posts at the end of May after the congregation said it could no longer afford to pay them.

The couple will both claim unfair dismissal at a local employment tribunal to be held in January.

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