Community life

Mehadrin meat move

By Simon Rocker, March 5, 2015

Speculation was growing this week that the Federation of Synagogues could be on the verge of launching a new kosher meat range.

For many years, the Federation has co-operated over the supervision of kosher meat with the United Synagogue and Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation as a partner in the London Board for Shechita.

A few weeks ago, the London Board rejected a proposal from the F

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Child's Day enjoys a big night out with donors

March 5, 2015

Businesswoman and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley shared her life story with the 200-plus guests at the Jewish Child's Day dinner, held on Tuesday at the Avenue ballroom in north London. She recalled arriving on the Kindertransport in 1939 as a five-year-old who could not speak a word of English.

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Charities wait to count cost of cuts

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

Manchester charities face a nervous few weeks as they wait to see how swingeing council cuts impact on their services.

Salford City Council last week approved a cost-slashing budget, having already cut £118 million since 2010.

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Raising festival funds for Ukraine

March 5, 2015

Masorti Judaism has launched an appeal to raise funds for Ukrainian Jews affected by war, poverty and homelessness.

The Emergency Purim Campaign - part of a worldwide Masorti Olami appeal - will generate cash towards food, medicine, clothing, education, security and scholarships to send children to camp.

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Highlighting inequality

March 5, 2015

Social policy expert Baroness Ruth Lister has told a Board of Deputies forum that women remain at greater risk of economic hardship.

The baroness - professor of social policy at Loughborough University - was addressing a poverty and diversity discussion at the House of Commons, convened by the Board's women's and social action groups.

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'Loverly' singer wins the hearts of judges

March 5, 2015

Taking her lead from Eliza Doolittle, nine-year-old Lucy Sherman stole the show at the final of Emunah's Young Singer of the Year, held on Sunday at the Royal Academy of Music in central London. The Leeds Brodetsky Primary pupil's bravura performance of Wouldn't It Be Loverly?

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Enjoying baking conditions

By John Fisher, March 5, 2015

It was hardly nouvelle cuisine. But Leeds' Great Jewish Bake Off certainly whetted the appetites of the judges.

Based loosely on BBC's The Great British Bake Off, the 11 contestants made biscuits, hamantashen

(in honour of Purim) and, to finish, chocolate cake.

King David School pupil Daniel Sacks, 15, was "a bit shocked" to win the biscuits round.

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Lead roles examined with expert help

March 5, 2015

Leadership development group Lead partnered with the Jewish Volunteering Network to stage an event for communal organisation chief executives and trustees at JW3's Finchley Road premises.

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Mother reveals her debt to child disability charity

March 5, 2015

Shulamit Elimelech relived "every parent's worst nightmare" during an impassioned appeal to Monday's dinner of British Friends of Shalva, the Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel.

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Yavneh reveals bid to add primary section

By Barry Toberman, February 26, 2015

Yavneh College in Borehamwood is reviving plans for a primary section and intends to submit an application for a free school to the Department for Education at "the earliest opportunity".

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