Community life

Constructive gains will boost Maidenhead

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

Maidenhead Synagogue is opening new facilities this summer to keep up with the demands of a rapidly expanding community.

Ongoing construction is the third project in three decades for the Berkshire Reform congregation, whose membership of 821 families has raised more than £500,000 to fund more outdoor spaces and a dedicated youth area.

There will also be extra space for the 184 children who


Injured Jewish veteran wins bronze at Invictus Games

By JC Reporter, June 1, 2016

A Kingston Liberal Synagogue member has performed swimmingly in the Invictus Games in Orlando for injured service personnel, taking bronze in the 50 metres backstroke.

Sue Warner said her success in the multi-sport event created by Prince Harry had been "a moment to cherish. I just couldn't believe it. Everyone was cheering so loudly and I had to pinch myself that it was for me."


Rock star rebbetzins learn from Gibraltar trip with Valerie Mirvis

May 27, 2016

Forty rebbetzins from London, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Hong Kong spent two days in Gibraltar on a leadership trip fronted by Valerie Mirvis, wife of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.


Wizo is thanked by Regev for its key contribution

By Sandy Rashty, May 27, 2016

Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev hailed the contribution of British women to his country when he addressed Wizo's annual dinner in central London on Monday.

He told the 300 guests - who raised a record £350,000 - that having established Wizo in 1920, British women have continued to make an impact by backing its 800 Israeli educational and welfare centres for people of all faiths.


Poor report is no surprise to home

By John Fisher, May 27, 2016

The outside managers brought in to revive the fortunes of Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall are unsurprised by the latest damning report from the Care Quality Commission.

Relating to an inspection in March - before the Bam Healthcare management team was recruited - it found the home inadaquate in three categories and requiring improvement in two. The overall rating was "requires improvement".


Dealing with dementia

May 27, 2016

Nightingale Hammerson marked Dementia Awareness Week with a two-day roadshow at its Clapham home.

Stalls offered literature on prevention, treatment and research and information about the charity's approach to dementia care. Staff wore T-shirts with slogans promoting person-centred care and the importance of sufferers not being defined by their dementia.


Fed meets changing care needs

May 27, 2016

Oakwood, a new living area for those in the advanced stages of dementia, is the latest stage in the redevelopment of Manchester welfare charity The Fed's Heathlands site.

The facility, opened by charity vice-chaiman David Eventhall, increases Heathlands' mental health nursing capacity from nine to 12, in line with the rising need for specialist dementia care.


Kisharon diners see that Talya is one in a million

May 27, 2016

A moving speech from a 21-year-old supported by Kisharon helped the special educational needs charity raise a record £1 million from its 40th anniversary dinner.

Talya Jacobson, daughter of Kisharon chief executive Dr Beverley Jacobson, has cerebral palsy, a severe visual impairment and learning difficulties.

Addressing the 700 guests at the Park Lane Hilton in central London, she said: "Wh


The pride of Penzance

May 27, 2016

Following a £24,000 restoration, the historic Penzance Jewish Cemetery was rededicated at a ceremony attended by more than 60 people.

The Grade II listed cemetery, owned by the Board of Deputies, was established in the 1740s and is thought to be the best preserved of its type in the country.


Art lunch star is a picture of generosity

By Julia Weiner, May 27, 2016

British painter Fiona Rae was a generous guest of honour at the Women in Art lunch held by the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair.

The former Turner Prize nominee - who was interviewed about her career by Whitechapel Gallery director Iwona Blazwick - donated a painting worth £18,000 to the raffle, which helped to boost the event proceeds to £65,000.