Community life

Big remembrance

April 8, 2015

More than 2,000 tickets have already been booked for the UK's main Yom HaShoah commemoration, being held in Barnet on April 19.

Remember Together - We Are One also marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of death camps and the event is being supported by well over 100 communal organisations.


Nightingale takes charge at Bushey care home

April 8, 2015

Nightingale Hammerson will take over the administration of the Abbeyfield Camden Jewish Society's Belmont Lodge home in Bushey from the beginning of next month. It will also work to increase occupancy at the 12-flat home, which currently has five residents.

As previously reported, ACJS has been in talks with Nightingale over the future of the property.


Enhancing the 'emotional health' of the community

By Barry Toberman, April 8, 2015

Relationship problems, bereavement, illness, unemployment, low self-esteem, sexuality and gender - all are issues which can adversely impact on emotional well-being. For more than 35 years, a Jewish counselling service, Raphael, has helped clients from London and the Home Counties deal with these and other "emotional health" matters.

At the outset, its counsellors saw 100 people a month.


Donor drive shows Bear necessities

April 8, 2015

The story of a cancer patient who survived with the help of blood donors is highlighted in the 5775 campaign of the Joely Bear Appeal, encouraging people to donate life-saving blood and stem cells.

In 2013, Joshua Lerner, 22, was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a blood cancer where the cells running through the veins have an abnormality.

He said: "The amazing work that the Joely


Karen Morris charity secures a Brum role for patient aid

By Josh Jackman, April 8, 2015

A charity set up in memory of a popular youth leader has opened its fourth "home from home" to help leukaemia patients and their loved ones.

The Karen Morris Memorial Trust's free facility in Birmingham will provide two families with a welcoming space to stay with the patient during their treatment.


Getting more user friendly

By John Fisher, April 8, 2015

Leeds Jewish Representative Council is planning changes to make it more user friendly and efficient.

At the start of his third and final year in office, its president, Simon Jackman, said that ideas being considered were projects involving younger, more time-pressed people. It was also looking at ways for organisations to work more closely together.


Merged JW3/LJCC reveals its opening programme

By Simon Rocker, April 2, 2015

The London Jewish Cultural Centre and JW3 have published their first joint programme since formally merging last month.

Most of the spring events will now take place at JW3's Finchley Road site, although LJCC's premises will remain open until the end of July for a couple of exhibitions and its language courses.

"Everyone is excited about it," said JW3 chairman Michael Goldstein.


Primary project attracts a crowd

By Jay Grenby, April 2, 2015

Yavneh College Trust chair Malcolm Gordon is "hugely encouraged" by the 300 turnout at an information meeting on the school's proposed addition of a primary section on its Borehamwood site.

The plan is to apply for a two-form entry free school with a target opening date of September 2016.


Archbishop: 'Boycotts are not the answer'

April 2, 2015

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, spoke warmly of Israel and expressed dismay at its lack of support from some fellow clergy when he addressed a Berkshire Council of Christians and Jews meeting at Maidenhead Synagogue.

Taking audience questions after his talk on "Moral dilemmas facing the human family", he spoke of his disappointment at backers of boycott campaigns, which were "n


Long-serving Hassan calls it a day

April 2, 2015

Jewish Care's longest serving employee is leaving after 45 years.

Judith Hassan's main focus has been working with Holocaust survivors and refugees from Nazi persecution. She founded therapy centre Shalvata in 1990 and the Holocaust Survivors Centre in 1993.