Community life

Wax works for Neshama

By John Fisher, July 3, 2014

With the experience of years spent battling depression, Ruby Wax told Leeds Jewish Welfare Board supporters that society needed to end the stigma of mental health.

Ms Wax - whose Sane New World show is based on her book about neuroscience - addressed LJWB's gala appeal dinner, which raised £100,000 for its Neshama mental health project.


The show must go on for Leeds variety fans

By John Fisher, July 3, 2014

Variety was the spice of life at the Leeds community's 14th annual theatre festival, which drew 2,000 people to the city's Carriageworks venue for a four-day programme.

There was a London show about Broadway's Jewish musical theatre legacy, a double dose of jazz and a a musical history lesson on ancestral fleeing from Eastern European persecution.


Reform's 'more intense' Glastonbury alternative

July 3, 2014

A sold out Chagigah weekend celebrating Reform Judaism was described as "full of joy and love" by guest speaker Rabbi Dr Larry Hoffman.

For Radlett Reform's Rabbi Paul Freedman,"it's been like Glastonbury but more intense. We've had a fantastic experience and as a community we will return uplifted and invigorated."


Film gala dinner attracts a strong cast of characters

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2014

The stars came out for UK Jewish Film at its first gala dinner, held at the Park Lane Hotel in Mayfair.

Steven Berkoff, Henry Goodman, Greta Scacchi and Maureen Lipman were among those on the red carpet, along with Academy award-winning producer Gareth Unwin (The King's Speech), who brought his Oscar to show the 300 guests.


Chai cyclist makes Paris after high-speed crash

By Simon Round, June 26, 2014

A charity bike rider has recalled the moment his riding partner was in a horrific crash during a London-to- Paris cycling event.


Volunteering info

June 19, 2014

The Jewish Volunteering Network has revamped its website to cope with increasing demand.

JVN says the online facelift will make it easier for people wishing to do voluntary work to find suitable openings with a charity.

They will now be able to locate opportunities closer to their home, for example.

"A couple of years ago, we had 500-700 visits a week to our website," said JVN director Le


School leader confident despite low enrolment

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 19, 2014

The founder of Leeds' first Jewish secondary school is confident about its future, despite anticipating another small intake for its second academic year.

Dan Cohen expects another 10 pupils to join the £3.5 million Leeds Jewish Free School in September after the inaugural intake of nine students, two of them non-Jews.

Although the numbers enrolling are only two-thirds of the school's targe


Mirvis welcomes close Encounters

By Jay Grenby, June 19, 2014

Launching a joint initiative by six Herts and Bedfordshire communities, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said it was a role model for others.

The Encounters study day at Yavneh College, Borehamwood, was held by the Five of Herts + 1 alliance, comprising the Potters Bar, Shenley, St Albans, Watford, Welwyn Garden City and Luton congregations.


The Queen and Farage - that's life for Lipman

June 19, 2014

Meetings with the Queen, a run-in with Nigel Farage and hilarious family anecdotes were included in a wide-ranging talk by Maureen Lipman to a World Jewish Relief ladies' lunch in Highgate.

The actress also praised the humanitarian aid charity for supporting those in need in some of the most remote places.

"Who has heard of Zaporozhye or Transnistria?


Riders' mounting tally

June 19, 2014

Following in the wheels of Tour de France winner Chris Froome, 40 supporters of learning disabilities charity Langdon cycled up the fearsome Mont Ventoux as the climax to a riding challenge in Provence which raised £70,000.

The cyclists, including seven grandparents, rode from Nice to Malaucene, covering around 360 kilometres over four-and-a-half days.