Community life

The party's over - Royal Majestic to close in 2015

By Rosa Doherty, December 4, 2014

The owner of a popular wedding and barmitzvah venue running for more than 40 years has announced that it will close in spring.

The Royal Majestic Banqueting Suite in Willesden will host its last simchah in April following the decision of owner Helen Goide to retire.

She said: "It has been in the family for four generations and it's time for me to stop.


Pryce is right for Norwood debate

December 4, 2014

Economist Vicky Pryce and solicitor Nick "Mr Loophole" Freeman discussed "Are celebrities above the law?" at a Young Norwood legal event.

Speaking about the case of Ms Pryce - who was convicted for accepting driving penalty points on her licence for then husband and government minister Chris Huhne - Mr Freeman argued that if she had not been in the public eye, "she would have been prosecuted by


Supporters raise a toast as Jami comes of age

By Josh Jackman, December 4, 2014

The Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill celebrated the start of its 25th year in style, raising £200,000 with a champagne tea at the Savoy Hotel.

Shadow public health minister Luciana Berger, told the audience: "Mental health is an issue I am so passionate about.


Seaside special splash

December 4, 2014

Waves were made when Blackpool Reform attracted nearly 80 participants to its first northern Reform communities Shabbat.

The Shabbat service was led by student rabbi Kath Vardi. It was followed by a shared lunch and a study session and discussion led by Ms Vardi.

Spirits weren't dampened when an incoming tide meant a planned havdallah on the beach was relocated to Blackpool's promenade.


On stage for Emunah

December 4, 2014

Actress Tracy-Ann Oberman showed her support for Israel when she made the appeal at Emunah's gala dinner at Guildhall on Tuesday night.

Over £230,000 was raised on the evening at which the charity launched a campaign to expand accommodation and therapeutic services for "some of Israel's most disturbed children" at Neve Landy Children's Village.


Diners and winners at Torah study

December 4, 2014

A dinner marking the 25th anniversary of Europe's largest adult Torah learning centre saw 250 people study all 6,200 pages of the Talmud in 48 hours to mark the event.

The dinner, attended by more than 600 people at the Manchester Hilton Hotel, was to pay homage to Rabbi Avraham Silbiger.


Angry public meeting forces eruv rethink

By Cathy Forman, December 4, 2014

Accusations of divisineness have forced a rethink to proposals to build an eruv for the Jewish community in Hale.

Three hundred people at a public meeting at the Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel heard eruv programme manager Abraham Wahnon explain how the Hale Eruv Project would surround Jewish inhabitants of south Manchester with a boundary stetching more than 12 miles.

"The meeting was a b


Green party for restorers

By Jay Grenby, December 4, 2014

A group which restored a park behind Golders Green Synagogue and the adjoining Rimon Jewish Primary has received a £50,000 cheque from the Big Lottery People's Millions, through which projects for National Lottery funding are determined by phone-in votes.

"We really didn't expect to win," said Golders Green Synagogue member Ingrid Posen, chair of The Friends of Childs Hill Park group, which ap


Glasgow parties for council's 100th

By Adam Henderson, December 4, 2014

Limmud Scotland held a Shabbat dinner to give guests a taste of the main learning event in March.

More than 100 people heard from four speakers: Claire Singerman of Gathering the Voices - a Holocaust Remembrance project; UJIA Glasgow youth worker Julie Rae-King; Limmud chairman Kevin Sefton; and Glasgow expatriate Nick Henderson who works for Jewish educational programme Livnot U'Lehibanot in T


Cemetery project in Leicester builds 'a people profile'

By Naomi Firsht, December 4, 2014

A Leicester historian's idea to research early 20th century Jewish gravestones grew into a restoration project of the entire Jewish sections of a cemetery.

Rosalind Adam, author of Jewish Voices - an oral history of the Leicester community - aimed to find out about a few of the earliest Jewish families buried in Leicester's Gilroes Cemetery in order to produce a book about their lives.