Community life

'You have chosen to help other people,' says Marr

By Sandy Rashty, June 23, 2016

More than 800 guests raised a record £600,000 at the annual Norwood property lunch last Friday.

Guest speaker broadcaster Andrew Marr spoke about the importance of the "third sector", a term used by Prime Minister David Cameron to refer to voluntary organisations.

Praising the guests at the fundraiser, he added: "You are all busy, hardworking people who have chosen to put some time and some


A high flyer is out on a wing for charity

June 23, 2016

Not one to say no to a challenge Vanessa Kushner stepped even further out of her comfort zone when she was strapped onto the wings of a plane to raise funds for the Jewish Care home where her late father was a resident.

Mrs Kushner completed her most terrifying challenge to date by standing on the wing of a plane while it flew at 250 feet over Gloucester at 135mph.

She said: "I have done a


Care home faces up to difficulties

By John Fisher, June 23, 2016

A period of difficulty was referred to at Donisthorpe Hall care home's annual barbecue on Sunday.

Andrew Brown, the Leeds home's chairman of trustees, told the 100 guests that this year's event was "different from all other years," and referred to recent disparaging reports from the Care Quality Commission.

"We are going through a difficult period.


Supporters aid Resource

June 23, 2016

More than 300 guests at Mill Hill Synagogue pitted their wits at a supper quiz to support employment advice centre Resource.

It was Resource's largest fundraising event - and a record £10,000 was raised towards the charity's free support, guidance and training programmes to help unemployed members of the community throughout the country get back into the workplace.

Chief executive Victoria


Ort finds Jimmy Choos a perfect fit

By Sandy Rashty, June 17, 2016

As the only male guest in a room of more than 80 women, Adam Overlander-Kaye was struggling to get a word in edgeways.


Injured soldier thanks support charity

By Sandy Rashty, June 17, 2016

A severely injured Israeli war veteran helped by the Beit Halochem UK charity told his story at a dinner at The Dorchester where the 400 guests raised £900,000.

Omer Levi, 28, had been discharged from the IDF in 2011. But as a reservist, he was called back as an evacuation commander during the 2014 Gaza conflict. On the Gaza border, he was hit by a mortar shell fired by Hamas.


Rebuilt Radlett draws the crowds

By Jay Grenby, June 17, 2016

There was not a spare seat in the house at Radlett Synagogue on Shabbat morning for the first service in its long-awaited refurbished shul.

Congregants remarked on its increased comfort and improved acoustics, and chairman Alex Pomerance thanked the project's prime movers for providing such "a stunning place for us to pray and be inspired".

Although building work on Radlett's £2.4 million P


Footballers help UJIA net £115k

June 17, 2016

UJIA covered the north London bases for its annual sports quiz and dinner by recruiting former stars from both Arsenal and Spurs, respectively Ray Parlour and Graham Roberts.

The wider goal was promoted by committee chair Clive Nathan, who spoke of his recent visit to UJIA's Equalizer programme in Haifa, which brings young Jews, Arabs and Druze together through football.

A video shown to the


Three resign from Bushey board over new chair

By Josh Jackman, June 17, 2016

The new chairman of Bushey United Synagogue has spoken of "a strong mutual respect" between board members despite three officers having resigned since his election.

Sas Ezekiel, a member of the Hertfordshire congregation for nearly 30 years, was voted in at the AGM, defeating the incumbent, Stephen Roston, who had stood for re-election.

On announcement of the result, the previous vice-chai


Rabbi helps Langdon promote new college

June 17, 2016

A Charedi rabbi whose son has benefited from a Langdon education opened his Tottenham home for a meeting for parents interested in sending their children to Langdon's new Edgware college.

It will operate full-time from September, offering life skills and educational and professional courses to those aged between 16 and 25 with mild-to-moderate learning difficulties.