Community life

Rabbi quits for Aussie role

By Jay Grenby, March 23, 2016

Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth is to leave St Albans Masorti Synagogue to join the Emanuel congregation in Sydney.

During his six years with the Hertfordshire community, the Puerto Rico-born minister has seen the congregation virtually double in size to 450, acquiring its first permanent building in 2012.

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Our scroll of honour

March 23, 2016

Crouch End Chavurah has welcomed a well-travelled Sefer Torah.

Canadian-born sofer (scribe) Avielah Barclay joined the community on Shabbat to share the story of the "Wandering Torah".

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Sasha brings tears and cheers to Child's Day

March 23, 2016

One of "the thousands saved by Jewish Child's Day" told her story to the charity's annual dinner, which raised more than £150,000.

Addressing 250 JCD supporters at the Park Lane Hotel in central London, Sasha Zipkin, 20, tearfully recalled a troubled childhood in Beersheva. "We didn't have water. There was no electricity so there was nothing in the fridge.

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Leeds shul goes into the deli business

March 23, 2016

The Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue in Leeds has acquired a second food store, Myers Famous Kosherie, which will trade as the Moortown Deli.

BHH bought the assets and goodwill of the deli, which had been trading under a Company Voluntary Arrangement, allowing a business with debt problems to reach a voluntary agreement with creditors.

A shul spokesman said that, without its intervention, th

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Interfaith May day boosts Muslim social action effort

March 23, 2016

Theresa May joined Muslim and Jewish volunteers cooking a three-course meal for the homeless on the Muslim equivalent of Mitzvah Day.

The Home Secretary was part of a team of 14 cooks preparing food at JW3 in Finchley Road during Sadaqa Day, which is modelled on, and partnered with, Mitzvah Day. The meals were taken to Ashford Place, a homeless charity based in Cricklewood.

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Early risers Jump to it making £50k for Ort

March 23, 2016

The 250 guests at ORT UK's 19th annual business breakfast heard how Ort Jump, the mentoring programme for year 12 students, has now been extended beyond Jewish schools, with the recent launch at La Santa Union, a Catholic school in Camden.

The morning featured media impresario Lord Grade interviewing Lloyd Dorfman, one of the UK's leading businessmen and philanthropists.

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Leeds shul picks city's first woman head

By John Fisher, March 23, 2016

Leeds Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue has elected Rosalind Peters as president of the shul, the first woman to hold that position in the city.

"Who would have thought when I was invited to be shul secretary 23 years ago that now I am spearheading a new era at the shul," Mrs Peters said.

Mrs Peters is passionate about leading the 1,200-member shul into its next chapter.

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Busy lines engage Scots supporters

March 23, 2016

Telephone lines were kept busy when more than 1,000 phone calls were made by 20 volunteers to members of Glasgow's Jewish community asking them to donate money to ensure the survival of Cosgrove Care's support services.

Walter Hecht, Cosgrove Care's chief executive said: "We do appreciate the number of requests people receive from charities and this year, as in previous years, we have been amaz

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Night time is better for UJIA

March 17, 2016

Café de Paris in the heart of London's West End was the glittering venue for the launch of UJIA's Ladies' Night on Monday, raising funds for Jewish youth programmes in the UK.

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Leeds kosher food outlet transfers ownership

By John Fisher, March 17, 2016

Leeds Gourmet Foods, managed for over a century by Etz Chaim Synagogue members, is now under new management: Yankees Meats Leeds.

Etz Chaim president Malcolm Taylor said: "Times change and we need to change with them to ensure a positive future for Gourmet."

Etz Chaim members belong to the Leeds Jewish Workers Co-operative (LJW) which owns Gourmet Foods, and for over 100 years the Alwoodley

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