Community life

Scene and heard quite Enough

December 11, 2014

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was marked in Leeds with a film showing by Jewish Women's Aid.

The film, Enough, screened at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, tells the story of the wife of a controlling and abusive man who decides to fight back.

Event organiser Beryl Glass said: "This film has given people a lot to think about.

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New rabbi for West London as it ups education

December 11, 2014

West London Synagogue is to put education centre stage when Rabbi Neil Janes becomes an additional member of its rabbinical team. In addition to fulfilling his rabbinical duties, Rabbi Janes will be launching a new adult learning institute, which will be based at the synagogue.

Chairman Jill Todd said: "We are very much looking forward to welcoming Rabbi Neil to our team.

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School club aids its twin

December 11, 2014

Israel Club at King David High School has launched this year's UJIA Ethiopian bar and batmitzvah club with Rebbetzin Liat Lieberman.

Rebbetzin Lieberman explained to the pupils that as a group they need to raise £1,200 through fundraising in order for their Ethiopian twin in Israel to celebrate his/her bar/batmitzvah.

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The Twilight gets its voice

December 11, 2014

Liberal Judaism is to host Twilight People: Stories of Gender and Faith Beyond the Binary - a new project supported by the National Lottery.

Twilight People is to have as its agenda the recording of the hidden history of transgender and gender-variant people of faith in the UK past and present.

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At the peak of his trekking, but wellie boots beckon

By Corinne Rein, December 11, 2014

Three years ago pensioner Richard Saunders climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for World Jewish Relief.

But that wasn't enough of a challenge for the 67-year-old who has recently returned from a 14-day 136 kilometre trek to Everest Base Camp and a climb to the nearby peak of Kala Pattar, raising £6,500 for the Israel Sport Centre for the Disabled.

Mr Saunders, part of a group of 10 cli

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Kosher Komedy? It paid

December 11, 2014

Laughter was on the agenda for the 140 guests at JNF UK's annual Kosher Komedy Night at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village.

The sell-out crowd was entertained by Joe Bor, Penelope Solomon, Sol Bernstein and Steve Best - four of the biggest names on the Jewish comedy circuit.

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Care home staff scoop awards

By John Fisher, December 11, 2014

Forget the Oscars, Donisthorpe Hall care home has handed out its own brand of honours - the Doni - to its dedicated members of staff.

The Doni gong got the awards season off to a glittering start at the care home's annual festive party, where accolades were given across the board, covering the whole spectrum of services and nursing care that Donisthorpe Hall offers, including clinical, non-clin

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Shop pays at Wolfson

By Jay Grenby, December 11, 2014

A one-day charity shop set up and run by pupils at Wolfson-Hillel primary school raised nearly £1,000 for Jewish Blind and Disabled and the British Heart Foundation, as well as going towards a new school playground.

The idea for the shop emerged when the 60 children in year four at the Southgate school, who had been learning about charity and kindness in their topic lessons, decided they want

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Wizo Week cash boost

December 11, 2014

Wizo's annual Jewish Women's Week campaign has this year raised almost £250,000 for the charity's welfare work in Israel. One thousand volunteers made the collections in Jewish neighbourhoods throughout the country.

In its 67th year, Jewish Women's Week is the only Jewish charity project with government authorisation for a door-to-door collection.

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Fresh face for Florence

By Yael Breuer, December 11, 2014

Volunteers have rallied round to clean up a neglectd old Jewish cemetery at Florence Place in Brighton.

The initiative was organised by Hove Hebrew Congregation member Adam Bomzer. "I came across a photo of the cemetery on a Facebook page called Brighton through the Ages.

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