Community life

Langdon fears cutbacks in council support

By Naomi Firsht, March 26, 2015

The chairman-elect of learning disability charity Langdon has warned supporters of the potential impact of local-authority cutbacks on its services.

Addressing the 300 guests at its dinner in central London on Monday, Jonathan Joseph explained that in the wake of Chancellor George Osborne's austerity measures and the imminent Care Act, the charity anticipated a 10 per cent fall in local-authori


Norwood seeks help in fighting the '10 plagues'

March 26, 2015

Offering a modern slant on the Pesach story, Norwood has listed the "10 plagues" which the charity has to deal with - discrimination, exclusion, financial hardship, family breakdown, unemployment, addiction, bullying, self-harm, mental health, and loss and bereavement.

The list is part of the charity's Pesach appeal, which highlights the scope of its services for almost 7,000 clients.This inclu


She's directing the young Liberals

March 26, 2015

Liberal Judaism's first youth director is furthering a lifelong involvement with Progressive Judaism.

Becca Fetterman's parents met through YASGB (the forerunner to RSY-Netzer). She attended her first RSY-Netzer event at nine "and absolutely loved it. The madrichim were, in my eyes, so cool and so passionate about real things.


Some joined-up thinking - and £17m - brings care into new age

By Barry Toberman, March 26, 2015

If all goes to plan, it is barely two months until the first residents of Jewish Care's newest home move in.


Lottery cash backs Shoah heritage centre in north

By John Fisher, March 26, 2015

The Leeds-based Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association has won initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a northern Holocaust heritage and learning centre.

Development funding of £59,700 has been awarded to help the HSFA progress its plans.


JBD gets go-ahead for £6m extension

March 26, 2015

Jewish Blind & Disabled has revealed plans for a £6 million extension to its latest property, Cecil Rosen Court in Bushey, which opened last summer.

Hertsmere Council planners have unanimously given the green light to the building of 19 additional flats on land currently occupied by one property, and part of another, at the back of the site.

The move was prompted by the huge demand for the


Birthright is set to go Progressive

By Josh Jackman, March 26, 2015

The Reform and Liberal movements are to host their first Israel tour with Birthright, open to those in their early to mid-twenties who have never been on an organised educational trip to the country.

Liberal Judaism young adult chaplain Rabbi Leah Jordan was confident that the movements would fill the 40 places for the 10-day programme in August.

"We are expecting this to be a very popular t


Fundraiser Gemma cycles into accolade territory

March 26, 2015

Hertfordshire 13-year-oldGemma Jacobson has received an award established in memory of Princess Diana for being a "fundraising champion" for special-needs education support.

The Haberdashers' Aske's pupil wrote hundreds of letters asking for sponsorship for a 200-mile cycle, completed in stages on a tandem with her sister, Talya, who has cerebral palsy, a severe visual impairment and learning


Emunah appeals for running total

March 26, 2015

Welfare charity Emunah is literally running a different Pesach appeal this year.


Mum's the word for Facebook hit

By Sandy Rashty, March 26, 2015

"How can I get my son to eat more fruit?" "Where are the best places to buy swimming costumes in winter?" "Which Jewish schools are you applying for?" "Do you know a good Mandarin teacher in north-west London?" "Which Jewish camps are the best?" "How much should I pay my cleaner?" "How much should I pay my nanny?"

These questions are a small sample of the topics raised on Top Tips 4 Mums, a Fac