Community life

Toksvig is a page-turner for Nightingale diners

November 6, 2014

In a wide-ranging address to Nightingale Hammerson's literary lunch at Claridge's in central London, author and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig spoke about her childhood in Copenhagen and her book, Hitler's Canary, based on the true story of how her relatives helped to save Danish Jews from the Nazis.

Discussing her new book, Peas & Queues, she explained some of the amusing reasons behind polite beha


Pinner joins the eruv club

By Josh Jackman, November 6, 2014

Supporters of a Pinner eruv are celebrating the unanimous approval of plans for the religious boundary by Harrow councillors.

It will cover all of Pinner within Harrow borough, most of Hatch End and much of north Harrow.


Well suited to science

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

The cutting edge of Israeli science was shared with a select band of London diners by the Friends of Bar Ilan University last week.

Professor Ido Bachelet outlined research being done in the university's faculty of life sciences which, he said, "could revolutionise everything we know as medicine".

His team is developing tiny robots which could be injected into a patient to destroy cancer cel


Charity leader wants to open 'Jewish Priory'

By Sandy Rashty, October 30, 2014

The founder of a charity established to deal with problems faced by young Jewish professionals - depression, dating and employment among them - believes it could "help thousands of people". And Rabbi Avi Hill also wants to start a "Jewish Priory".


Shabbat UK: 'It's been a game-changer for involvement'

By Josh Jackman, October 30, 2014

Shabbat UK has been hailed as a "game-changer" by the rabbi who volunteered to coordinate the nationwide celebration.


We're all thriving in these baking conditions

By Simon Rocker, October 30, 2014

More than 3,000 women - and a few men - gave an extraordinary start to the Chief Rabbi's Shabbat UK by participating in the world's largest challah-make.

The response was so great that there were nearly 800 on the waiting list for the date with the dough at Allianz Park in north London, home of Saracens Rugby Club.


Shabbat UK: Lighting up Edgware

October 30, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis started off his own Shabbat UK at Edgware Synagogue, where hundreds danced around the shul during the Kabbalat Shabbat service.


Shabbat UK: Campus contribution builds local bridges

By Naomi Firsht, October 30, 2014

Students across the country got involved with Shabbat UK by hosting special Friday night dinners and Shabbat morning events.


Shabbat UK: Small shuls reap rewards for thinking big

October 30, 2014

Smaller shuls made big efforts to involve as many members as possible in Shabbat UK. For example, at Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue, some 200 people - a large proportion of the membership - accepted invitations to Friday night dinners hosted by 17 congregants plus minister Rabbi Samuel Landau and his wife, Rachel.


Shabbat UK: Belmont brings cutting edge to its programme

By Jay Grenby, October 30, 2014

Shabbat UK had been "the most incredible weekend", Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis told an audience of 350 at a communal lunch at Belmont Synagogue, north London. When the idea had been proposed, he "never dreamt the initiative would be such an amazing success".