Community life

Hughes gets the vote for Radlett rabbi’s role

May 22, 2015

Rabbi Jonathan Hughes has been overwhelmingly confirmed as Radlett United Synagogue minister with 97 per cent backing in a vote of members. It followed a weekend visit by Rabbi Hughes, his wife Chana and their four children to Radlett, where they met more than 350 adults and around 100 young people at a Friday-night dinner, Shabbat lunch and other events.

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Plans for Charedim

By Josh Jackman, May 22, 2015

The rapid growth of the Stamford Hill Charedi community has prompted Hackney Council to commit to a large-scale plan geared to meeting educational, health-care and housing needs in the area.

Hackney's Jewish population grew by 44.2 per cent between 2001 and 2011 and the Charedi community is currently estimated at up to 20,000.

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Nepal trekker repaying debt to guide

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

When the first earthquake shook Nepal, Jonty Hikmet was on a trek in the Himalayan Tsum Valley."It was really scary," recalled the 25-year-old former JFS pupil, who had been travelling around the region, delivering key supplies and giving massages in local villages.

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Testing time for genetic disorders

May 18, 2015

In partnership with Liverpool Women's Hospital and Guy's Hospital, the Jnetics charity is holding a screening session in Manchester on Sunday morning to identify carriers of genetic disorders, including Tay-Sachs, that are more prevalent within the Jewish community. The session is at the Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Cheadle.

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Whitefield on course to help

May 18, 2015

Whitefield Golf Club has committed to raise £35,000 for a driving range for children from special needs schools in the Manchester area. The club's Gordon Desser said that local businesses and individuals were being approached for support.

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Grand Central aims to be a key West End destination

By Simon Rocker, May 18, 2015

United Synagogue congregations nowadays tend to appoint youth or assistant rabbis as their second minister, rather than a chazan. But one West End community has been prepared to go against the grain.

Previously part-time at Central Synagogue, Steven Leas was made full-time a year ago - the only full-time chazan currently serving a US shul.

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Model Chai clients show fashionable appreciation

By Rosa Doherty, May 18, 2015

Two women who have fought cancer strutted their stuff on the catwalk as a thank you to the charity which supported them.

Tanya Rosenthal and Joyce Misrahi were among the models at a fashion show at Finchley Synagogue which raised £85,000 for Chai Cancer Care.

Mrs Rosenthal said it was a chance to give back to Chai, which had helped her through breast cancer 14 months ago.

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Ipswich simchah ends 140-year wait

May 18, 2015

Members of the tiny Suffolk Liberal Jewish Community celebrated what they believe to be the first local barmitzvah in 140 years in Ipswich on Shabbat. The barmitzvah boy, Jon Emlyn, was tutored by a member of the 20-strong community and the congregation was swelled to 50 by family and friends of the celebrant.

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Honey sweetens Women's Week pot

May 18, 2015

The face of this year's Wizo UK Jewish Women's Week collection campaign is Yossi, who struggled at school because of severe learning difficulties, but was given the opportunity through Wizo to train as a chef in Israel. He now manages a trendy Jerusalem restaurant.

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Spreading the mitzvah

May 18, 2015

The impact of Mitzvah Day in the wider community was highlighted by the founder of its Muslim equivalent at an interfaith tea for supporters hosted by Daniela and Trevor Pears on Sunday.

Facebook's European vice-president, Nicola Mendelsohn, was among guests who heard Julie Siddiqi, who recently launched the Muslim Sadaqa Day, tell how its Jewish precursor had inspired her.

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