Community life

Gefiltefest once again cooks up an appetising foodies' menu

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2014

Israeli food writer Gil Hovav was on hot form. His first session at Sunday's Gefiltefest, the foodie equivalent of Limmud, was on how to make zchug, the fiery Yemeni salsa.

Generous bunches of coriander lay on the table along with heads of garlic, bags of green chilli and assorted spices, alongside hand-held blenders.

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It's a tie as mosque members visit shul

By Adam Henderson, June 19, 2014

Furthering the link between Glasgow Central Mosque and the city's Jewish community, mosque members visited Giffnock Synagogue on Sunday for a tour and discussions on future co-operation.

Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president Paul Morron said: "There are so many areas in which we can work together and I hope to explore these further.

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Backing Glasgow

By Adam Henderson, June 19, 2014

Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson has pledged JLC's support for Glasgow Jewry.

Addressing the AGM of the city's Jewish representative council, which is celebrating its centenary, Mr Johnson said the JLC was keen to do more to assist Glasgow. "We encourage you to think collaboratively and we will support you financially.

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Pack stays US leader

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2014

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack is set for a second three-year term of office after being unopposed in next month's election.

Mr Pack, 64, a member of Hadley Wood Synagogue, said the US had "a new chief rabbi, a new chief executive and we're going to have a new strategic plan.

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Hendon school forced to end priority admissions

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2014

Another Jewish primary school has been forced to change its entry rules after being told it can no longer give priority for reception class places to children in its nursery.

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Jewish Care's record £4.4m meal

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2014

Jewish Care raised a record-breaking £4.4 million at its annual dinner at Grosvenor House on Monday.
In the week after charity chairman Steven Lewis accused British Jews of becoming more "materialistic and selfish", more than 1,000 guests at the central London venue demonstrated their support for the community's largest welfare organisation.

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Lounging in Brum

June 9, 2014

More than 100 people attended the opening of the Vanessa Rose Youth and Community Lounge at Birmingham Central Synagogue.

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Scrolls returned after 132 years

By pat lidiker, June 9, 2014

An historic sefer Torah kept in a Cornwall museum for well over a century has been returned to the Jewish community.

Having been held in Truro’s Royal Cornwall Museum since Falmouth Synagogue closed in 1882, the scroll was restored by scribe Bernard Benarroch and handed back to the Kehillat Kernow community’s chairman, Harvey Kurzfield, by the Duke of Gloucester on behalf of the museum.

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Vandalising eruv? No, we were just measuring poles

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 9, 2014

Two Orthodox men suspected of vandalising the Manchester eruv were actually measuring it.

Security guards at Heaton Park, Prestwich, observing the northern-most part of the boundary reported seeing the men apparently tampering with eruv poles.

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Praise for Lubavitch primary

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2014

The Lubavitch Boys’ Primary School in Stamford Hill has been praised for its Jewish studies, including its use of information technology in the subject.

Pikuach, the Jewish inspection service overseen by the Board of the Deputies, gave the state-aided school a “good” rating for its religious teaching.

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