Community life

Shabbat UK: Sitting pretty in Prestwich

October 30, 2014

Dinner had to wait at Manchester's Prestwich Hebrew Congregation due to the extended dancing to chazan Adam Caplan's Kabbalat Shabbat service. Bury South MP Ivan Lewis was among those dancing in the aisles.

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Shabbat UK: Enjoying their free time

By Jay Grenby, October 30, 2014

Bushey Synagogue's leadership applied the principle of "the best things in life are free" to maximise involvement in Shabbat UK.

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Shabbat UK: All roads lead to party time in Elstree

By Jay Grenby, October 30, 2014

Getting into the spirit of Shabbat UK, families in Links Drive, Elstree - all stalwarts of Elstree Shtiebel - held an impromptu Friday night party. They invited Jewish friends and neighbours from the road and adjoining Barham Avenue, as well as fellow shtiebel congregants.

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Cameron hails resident fundraisers

By Josh Jackman, October 30, 2014

David Cameron has written to two Jewish Care residents praising them for their extraordinary fundraising work.

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Shabbat UK: Passing the observance challenge

October 30, 2014

Barnet Synagogue members who do not normally observe Shabbat accepted Rabbi Barry Lerer's "ultimate challenge" to keep the day according to halachah.

Those who signed up were given a hotplate and urn (allowing them to have warm food and hot water prepared before Shabbat) as well as Shabbat belts to hold their keys.

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Recalling the Mersey pioneers

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 30, 2014

A Liverpool doctor who was involved in the establishment of the NHS is among personalities whose achievements will be highlighted in Merseyside museums and Liverpool's King David schools.

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Rabbinic students to pair with Christians

October 14, 2014

The Council of Christians and Jews has provided Leo Baeck College rabbinic students with the opportunity of being paired during their training period with a Christian studying for the clergy.

Twenty students from both faiths attended a Lambeth Palace reception, where they were welcomed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who warmly endorsed the scheme.

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Topol and Oberman lead a starry cast on primary school's charity disc

By Naomi Firsht, October 14, 2014

Chaim Topol, Tracey-Ann Oberman and Nick Ferrari are among the personalities retelling Jewish folk tales and Bible stories on a charity CD to raise money for North West London Jewish Day School and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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Dining in at last at Clore Shalom

By Naomi Firsht, October 7, 2014

Children at Clore Shalom Primary in Herts will be able to enjoy hot kosher lunches thanks to the opening of its first kitchen, 11 years after the school's establishment. Until now, pupils have had to bring in vegetarian packed lunches.

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Leeds school a 'waste of money'

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 2, 2014

A teaching union leader has condemned the £3 million Leeds Jewish Free School as a "waste of public money".

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