Community life

Princess Anne praises Nightingale war effort

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

The Princess Royal paid tribute to the bravery of three female wartime secret agents with a Nightingale House connection when she visited the Clapham care home on Wednesday.

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They could have danced all night

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

A seven-hour Israeli dance marathon has raised £6,500 for cancer charities.

Around 170 supporters of north London charity Dance for Life — founded in 2001 in memory of a dancer — took to the floor at a Wembley school in aid of Chai Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK.

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Cash-strapped Liverpool shul makes minister redundant

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

Crippling finances have forced a major Liverpool synagogue to part company with its popular minister.

Childwall Hebrew Congregation has agreed a redundancy package with Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, having calculated that its remaining reserves of £25,000 would be exhausted by the end of 2016 if he remained. The minister, who joined the synagogue in 2011, will serve three months’ notice.

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The food goes first at Kosher Food and Wine Experience

By Naomi Firsht, February 16, 2015

Suited City boys, young marrieds and a good number of strictly Orthodox were among over 700 people who converged on the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel for a night of conspicuous consumption.

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Mirvis addresses Muslim dinner in Cardiff

By Simon Rocker, February 16, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has, for the first time, been guest of honour at a Muslim dinner, delivering a keynote speech to the Muslim Council of Wales.

Addressing a Cardiff audience of 400 including Lesley Griffiths, Communities Minister of the Welsh Assembly, he emphasised his commitment to Muslim-Jewish co-operation, calling for greater dialogue in challenging times.

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They're ready to face the music for Emunah

February 16, 2015

Sisters at JFS and an Israeli-born pianist are among the 20 finalists in the Emunah Young Musician and Singer of the Year contests, which will be held at London’s Royal Academy of Music on March 1.

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It's £90k at 90 for MDA volunteer

February 16, 2015

To mark the 90th birthday of Magen David Adom’s oldest volunteer, Norman Feingold, friends and family from the UK raised £90,000 for a mobile intensive care unit in his honour. The donation was celebrated at a Jerusalem ceremony attended by UK and Israeli supporters.

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Notts Liberals ties to Shoah bring tears

February 16, 2015

A Nottingham civic leader wept when seeing a rescued sefer Torah at a 50th anniversary celebration of the city’s Liberal congregation.

Nottinghamshire County Council chair Pauline Allan was “moved to tears when the Ark opened and I saw the scrolls and how they represent the survival of the Jewish people after the Holocaust”.

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Jewish Care and Pinner shul link-up

February 16, 2015

Jewish Care has teamed up with Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue to launch a fortnightly outreach club supporting locals experiencing memory loss.

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Merged South Woodford and Waltham Forest shuls get started

February 16, 2015

The Woodford Forest United Synagogue, formed by the merger of the Wanstead and Woodford and Waltham Forest congregations, has held its first Shabbat services. The merged congregation is worshipping in the Churchfields building that was home to Wanstead and Woodford and has a membership of over 1,200. Rabbi Yaakov Singer is its interim minister.

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