Community life

Film buffs roll out the red carpet for festival

March 17, 2016

Israeli Film and TV festival Seret 2016 was launched at an event attended by Dan Golan, the Minister for Cultural Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in London, and Israeli consul Rachel Shani.

Co-founders of Seret International, Odelia Haroush, Anat Koren and Patty Hochmann, spoke of their pride in the way that the festival has grown: "Now in our fifth year, we have grown in ways that we couldn't p

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Contest stars have many strings to their bow

March 10, 2016

Twelve months ago, Lucy Sherman wowed the judges at Emunah's Young Musican and Young Singer of the Year finale, delivering an "absolutely perfect" performance which earned her the young singer prize.

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Therapy plan gives paws for thought

March 10, 2016

Camp Simcha has gone to the dogs to help seriously ill children.

Engagement with animals has been shown to significantly reduce pain, anxiety and fatigue to those with health problems. As part of the charity's Paws For Fun service, three dogs and their owners have been trained for visits to families, initially in the London area, who could benefit from animal assisted therapy.

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Criticised school looks to turnaround expert

By Simon Rocker, March 10, 2016

Simon Marks Jewish Primary School in Hackney has drafted in a turnaround specialist to improve its fortunes after a critical inspection last spring.

Gareth Thomas, the new interim head, will outline his plans to parents at special meetings next Monday.

Headteacher Gill Ross, who has been absent since January, has stepped down because of ill-health, governors' chair Howard Pallis said.

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Shabbat binge-drinkers are Charedi problem

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2016

Binge-drinking on Shabbat and children's fitness are two of the main concerns raised by a health survey of more than 500 Salford Charedim.

The NHS-funded study of 300 adults and 207 children also revealed a majority view that mental illness carries a stigma within the strictly Orthodox population.

Based on the survey results, one-in-eight adults "might be classed as 'binge-drinkers' on the S

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Campaigner warns that Alderney drilling could disturb graves

By Naomi Firsht, March 10, 2016

A heritage group has raised concerns over a project to install high-power electricity cables on the Channel Island of Alderney, fearing it could disturb Holocaust graves.

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HMD gets a big turnout

March 10, 2016

The final tally of Holocaust Memorial Day events around the UK was 5,590, a 55 per cent increase on the 2015 total of 3,600.

Announcing the figures, the HMD Trust said they showed "how commemoration of HMD is becoming more embedded in the life of communities".

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Newcastle united over future provision

March 10, 2016

Members of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation have overwhelmingly supported its leaders' plans to ensure the shul's future by downsizing.

More than 80 people - a third of the community - attended an information meeting on Monday where options for the long term were outlined by members of its planning committee.

Shul president Adrienne Ross said afterwards that the meeting had been "mostly

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French honour D-Day veteran who was at Nuremberg trials

By Naomi Firsht, March 10, 2016

A Second World War veteran who was present at the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals is to be awarded France's highest accolade, the Legion of Honour.

Leslie Sutton, 91, served as a corporal in the RAF and took part in the D-Day landings at Omaha Beach, Normandy.

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Remembering wartime nurse on women's day

March 10, 2016

To mark International Women's Day, a ceremony was held at the United Synagogue's Plashet cemetery in east London in memory of a nurse who died on wartime service 100 years ago.

The memorial for Edith Munro, who died aged 23, was led by HM Armed Forces chaplain Rabbi Reuben Livingstone and attended by dignitaries and family members.

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