Community life

Young Israelis map out a better future

June 25, 2015

Through a new partnership with JLGB and Hasmonean, eight teenage boys from Youth Aliyah's youth village in northern Israel visited the UK to participate in a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition alongside Hasmonean pupils.

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Masorti rabbi comes home for job

June 25, 2015

The Elstree and Borehamwood Masorti Community has appointed its first part-time minister, Rabbi Oliver Joseph, who will start in September.

Originally from the UK, and latterly Jerusalem, he completed his rabbinic studies in Los Angeles.

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Helping Charedim into work is a rewarding job

By Simon Rocker, June 25, 2015

For three years, Benjamin Landau organised Friday-night dinners or trips abroad for young adults as the assistant community rabbi at Stanmore and Canons Park United Synagogue.

But last autumn he moved east into a very different role.

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Animated survivors impress the judges

By John Fisher, June 25, 2015

An animated film featuring the testimony of members of the Leeds-based Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association has picked up two prizes at the Royal Television Society Awards Yorkshire event.

The association worked with Fettle Animation on a film commissioned for the BBC Learning Zone for schools.

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Bakery: 'cake did not cause teen's illness'

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

Carmelli Bakery has rebutted a claim that a cake from its Golders Green store made a customer violently ill for weeks.

A video sent to the JC by estate agent Stacey Fox shows a small white insect crawling around the remains of a chocolate rum ball, half of which she said her 18-year-old daughter, Jasmine, had consumed.

Ms Fox claimed that Jasmine, who has verbal dyspraxia and finds it diffic

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It's a rap for Brodetsky

By John Fisher, June 25, 2015

Year-six pupils at the Brodetsky Primary in Leeds are set to become film stars after being voted winners of a national rap competition for Jewish schools.

For the prize is to turn their winning song, Kosher Rap, into a professional music video.

Teacher Karen Gill said the song was the product of "a guided writing session.

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Lubavitch expands its Essex influence

By Simon Rocker, June 25, 2015

Lubavitch is continuing to expand in Essex, defying the trend towards contraction in the area which has led to recent synagogue mergers.

The movement is planning activities for the growing number of families in Epping.

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Charity is recognised for rescuing troubled teens

By Rosa Doherty, June 18, 2015

Hackney Council has honoured Charedi charity Kol Boniach for its commitment to helping at-risk teenagers over the past 16 years.

At a reception on Tuesday, the council's speaker, Sade Etti, said that "to witness Kol Boniach's work has been inspiring. They have helped over 430 teenagers, relocating them to new homes and ensuring they learn new skills."

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American is gearing up for Wimbledon

By Naomi Firsht, June 18, 2015

South London's largest Jewish community has gone Californian to fill its ministerial vacancy.

Recently ordained Rabbi Jason Rosner will be joining Wimbledon and District Reform Synagogue with his Parisian wife, Noemie, in the autumn.

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Golders Green reflects on a ton of memories

By Josh Jackman, June 18, 2015

It is 100 years since a group of Golders Green Jews decided to upgrade their occasional garage-based minyan into a formal congregation.

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