Community life

Stories of suffering and hope at northern event

May 12, 2016

Award-winning author Thomas Harding, whose uncle - German refugee Hanns Alexander - was instrumental in bringing Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss to justice, was a keynote speaker at Manchester's Yom Hashoah commemoration.

A crowd of nearly 900 at the AJ Bell Stadium also heard from survivor Icek Alterman, who gave a moving account of the challenges in building a new life in Manchester after

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Survivor charity runs out of cash

May 12, 2016

A film shown during the London Yom HaShoah ceremony was a valedictory statement from the Six Point Foundation as the charity, supporting Holocaust survivors and refugees, is expected to have exhausted its funding by next March.

The foundation received a £4 million endowment from the Otto Schiff Housing Association for grants, particularly for those experiencing hardship.

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Ireland's life-affirming day

May 12, 2016

Belfast marked Yom Hashoah with a March of Life by more than 200 people through the city streets.

Key organiser Mike McNally said the idea was "to stand shoulder to shoulder with our Jewish community to commemorate the Shoah, remembering those who perished and paying tribute to the survivors.

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Property firm blocked from developing listed synagogue

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2016

A judge has blocked plans to develop the synagogoue of the defunct Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation because it would affect the character of the Grade II-listed building.

Thompson Property Investments had applied to build flats at the back of the 100-year-old building, which was deconsecrated in 2012 and sold.

The plan had originally been rejected by the council after objections from His

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Hip hip purée - lookalike meals go to NHS patients

By Barry Toberman, May 12, 2016

Hospital food can appear unappetising at its best.

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Merger vote is postponed

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2016

Hendon Reform Synagogue has postponed a vote on a merger with Edgware and District Reform Synagogue.

The shul's council had recommended union with the larger congregation as a "wonderful prospect" for the community, established in 1949.

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Charity founders hopeful of cure for son's disease

By Rosa Doherty, May 12, 2016

Kerry and Doron Rosenfeld's world collapsed when their five-year-old son Gavriel was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a progressive muscle-wasting disease that kills sufferers before their 30s.

But through their despair, the Hendon couple were determined to help find a cure for the condition, which is currently fatal in all cases and affects 300,000 people worldwide.

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Federation growing in the north

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2016

The Federation of Synagogues has continued its expansion from London into Manchester with the addition of its second northern community.

It has taken on Kehillas Kol Yaakov in Prestwich, a congregation of more than 60 members founded two years ago by young professionals who had moved to the area.

The Federation has bought land to build a synagogue and a planning application will be submitted

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Chabad rabbi dies suddenly, aged 43

By Rosa Doherty, May 9, 2016

Ilford Chabad's Rabbi Moshe Muller, who died from a heart attack on Sunday, aged 43, has been remembered as a "kingpin" of the community.

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Baginsky's fond farewell to 'bonkers' shul

May 9, 2016

There was a full house at Kingston Liberal Synagogue on Shabbat as the congregation said farewell to its rabbi of 10 years, Charley Baginsky.

Rabbi Baginsky came up with a special service for the occasion which she led with Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich, who is also Kingston's emeritus rabbi.

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