Community life

A lot to learn

July 15, 2016

Topics ranging from asylum seekers to the plight of traumatised young Israelis living on the Gaza border were discussed at the first Birmingham area day Limmud, which attracted a turnout of almost 200.

Given that the Limmud was held in the education suite of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, medical matters were also covered, as were traditional favourites such as food, art, literature and music.

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Promoting innovation

By Simon Rocker, July 15, 2016

The United Synagogue has launched a Community Development Fund to encourage innovation.

It plans to make up to eight grants a year, worth between £5,000 and £20,000 apiece, to stimulate local ventures.

"This is to encourage shuls to do things they might not otherwise have dared to do," said Jo Grose, the US community liaison manager.

The US is currently in a healthy financial position,

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Charedim plan Harlow move

By Simon Rocker, July 15, 2016

A new Charedi community in the Essex town of Harlow is being planned by a group of Stamford Hill activists.

The search for new locations has been prompted by the high cost of housing in inner London.

Project initiator Rabbi Asher Gratt said that given Harlow's proximity to Stamford Hill (23 miles), "I see this as a win-win situation for both communities.

"We are a very enterprising societ

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Young bakers bring in the dough for care provision

July 15, 2016

More than 5,000 people across London and the south east have baked, iced and consumed cake to raise funds for, and awareness of, Jewish Care's services for the elderly.

Those taking part in the charity's fourth Great Jewish Bake Day included pupils from 25 schools and nurseries.

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Bnei Akiva is heading the touring parties

July 8, 2016

Five groups from Bnei Akiva were the first to leave on the 2016 Israel tour programme.

Over the coming weeks, 25 more groups of 16-year-olds from nine other youth organisations will set out on the month-long experience, which will take in the major sights, plus meetings with Israelis from all walks of life and varied educational sessions.

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WJR chief: 'We should do more'

By Josh Jackman, July 8, 2016

During Paul Anticoni's 10 years as World Jewish Relief chief executive, it is estimated that the charity has helped 700,000 people across the globe.

But he is convinced that emergency aid could be improved, saying: "We're not fast enough or good enough when responding to disasters.

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Home still failing says care watchdog

By Josh Jackman, July 8, 2016

Andrew Cohen House in Birmingham is the latest communal residential home to fall below the level considered acceptable by Care Quality Commission inspectors.

In a new report, the CQC has found that the home requires improvement, despite a rise in standards.

A February 2015 report graded the home as inadequate - the CQC's lowest rating - and it was barred from accepting new residents.

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Clary stars for newlyweds

July 8, 2016

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Bradley Reback married solicitor Stuart Lawrence in the first male gay wedding under Finchley Progressive Synagogue auspices since the 2013 law change enabling same-sex marriages.

The 150 guests at the wedding, held at the couple's home, were entertained by actor and comedian Julian Clary, who made the simchah the unofficial final night of a three-month national

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Liberal dose of debate

July 8, 2016

Topics from Brexit to a potential new Liberal Judaism siddur were aired during the movement's biennial weekend in Solihull.

Close on 300 delegates from 39 communities also discussed Israel and the diaspora, the role of religion in public life, and shared ideas for musical and multimedia services.

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Burial board says it cannot afford transfer request

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2016

Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society has rejected a request from an out-of-town member to transfer his burial dues, claiming that it cannot afford to do so.

David Sakol, 78, who has paid subscriptions to the society for 60 years, asked if his burial rights could be transferred to the United Synagogue in London, where he has lived for seven years.

But GHBS chair Alan Shenkin said its policy of not a

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