Community life

Mind the gap — shul seeks missing £1m

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2016

Brondesbury Park Synagogue leaders are facing a dilemma over the shul’s £5 million plan for a three-storey rebuild.

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Richly inspiring heritage in Tunisia

June 8, 2016

Liberal Judaism’s senior rabbi has pledged to take a party of British Liberal Jews to Tunisia next year after spending three days there.

Rabbi Danny Rich was one of 2,000 people taking part in a pilgrimage to Ghriba Synagogue, on the island of Djerba, for Lag b’Omer.

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League leader is looking to find new supporters

By Rosa Doherty, June 6, 2016

Yvonne Josse hopes to let more people in on the "the community's best kept secret" as the new president of volunteer organisation the League of Jewish Women.

Founded in 1943 to aid the war effort, the league at one time boasted 6,000 members volunteering within the Jewish and wider community - for example, in hospitals, hospices and prisons.

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Building up occupancy thanks to £1.6m scheme

June 6, 2016

The jLiving housing association has started work on a £1.6 million project to build 10 flats at Wolfson Court in Golders Green. They will add to the nine apartments constructed at Wolfson Court last year.

Each of the one-bedroom flats will be built to mobility standards with lift access and energy efficient communal heating and hot water.

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Hill start towards eastern synagogue

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

An inaugural meeting for people interested in establishing a United Synagogue congregation in Mill Hill East attracted a turnout of 50, including officers of nearby synagogues.

Activities for children and explanatory services were among the issues raised, co-host Avi Gillis reported.

But most importantly, "people were just so happy at the thought they could have some kind of communal provis

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The Fed wins royal honour

June 6, 2016

The UK's highest accolade for volunteer groups, the Queen's Award, has been awarded to Manchester welfare charity The Fed.

It will be presented in July to The Fed's Juliette Pearce and Diane Richardson, who last week attended a Buckingham Palace garden party.

Its 550-plus volunteers are being invited by the charity to a "thank you" celebration.

Mrs Richardson, the charity's South Manchest

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Movements warn on march racism

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

Four youth movements have issued an open letter condemning the racism connected to the annual Yom Yerushalayim march, celebrating the 1967 liberation of Jerusalem.

Noam, RSY-Netzer, LJY-Netzer and Habonim Dror have called on the Israeli authorities to guard against "the expression of racist attitudes" during this year's march.

Being staged on Sunday, on the eve of Ramadan, it will again pass

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He's best for the West

June 6, 2016

Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman told his induction ceremony at the New West End Synagogue that it was "a pleasure to work alongside a strong lay leadership who know how to balance professionalism with congeniality and humour.

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Cat-walkers

June 6, 2016

More than half the 400 people who took part in the second Lewisham Borough Faith Walk enjoyed a kiddush at Catford and Bromley Synagogue, whose chair, Joe Burchell, came up with the original walk idea. Political, civic and religious leaders joined the walkers, who visited five other faith buildings in the area.

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Northern youth losing out through leadership gaps

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

Manchester youth are suffering the effects of a long-term lack of leadership provision, the local Jewish representative council chair has warned.

Jonny Wineberg said that since the closure of the Jewish Youth Project in 2009 after an unsuccessful bid for Lottery funding, "you can see the gaps".

In the late 1990s there were five community youth workers.

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