Community life

Liberals heed conference calls for progression

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2014

Some people believe religion and politics should not mix. But Rabbi Jonah Pesner, senior-president of the Union of Reform Judaism in North America, is not among them.

His keynote speech to Liberal Judaism's biennial conference at the weekend was a stirring call to action. "To be a Progressive Jew is to put a stake in the ground for a political vision of a just society," he declared.

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Yorkshire renewal gives Mirvis hope for future

By John Fisher and Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2014

On a three-day Yorkshire visit, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis conveyed a message of connection, commitment and unity, encouraging diminishing regional communities to fulfil their potential.

"Even when numbers are declining, we still need to be empowering ourselves to deliver greater success so that we can climb higher and higher," he said.

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Doctor reaches her personal Everest

By Simon Round, April 28, 2014

A London GP is trekking up Everest to raise money for international aid charity Tzedek.
Bronya Gorney reported this week that she had reached Everest base camp having already scaled altitudes of more than 5,500 metres.

Despite avalanches on the mountain which have claimed the lives of a number of sherpa, Ms Gorney's trip has to date been trouble-free.

However, she posted on Facebook that th

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Masorti signs up to pay Living Wage to workers

By Simon Rocker, April 28, 2014

Masorti Judaism has become a Living Wage employer, following the lead of Liberal Judaism which was the first synagogue movement to sign up to the campaign at the end of last year.
Masorti marked its accreditation from Citizens UK's Living Wage Foundation at a Jewish study session at the movement's offices last Thursday.

Under the scheme, employers undertake to pay a minimum of £7.65 an hour n

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Respite home is back on track

By Charlotte Oliver, April 28, 2014

An injection of funding has enabled building work to resume on Stamford Hill children's respite care home, Bayis Sheli.
Construction was restarted last month on the £6.3 million project, supporting strictly Orthodox children across the UK with severe disabilities.

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Winchester campaigners lobby for place in history

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 28, 2014

A newly formed group of academics and local Jews is campaigning to highlight the neglected Jewish history of Winchester.
The group was formed following concerns that there was no official mention of what was one of England's most important medieval communities prior to the expulsion in 1290.

Until that point, the Winchester community was prominent - there was a Jewry Street in the city and a J

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Borehamwood nursery 'outstanding'

By JCReporter, April 28, 2014

The Little Bicks nursery operating from Ohr Yisrael Synagogue in Borehamwood has been rated as outstanding in all categories by Ofsted inspectors.

They found that children were "happy and busy" with easy access "to a range of excellent learning opportunities".

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Scot charity chief departs to save services

By Daniel Easterman, April 28, 2014

Jewish Care Scotland chairman George Hecht has pledged there will be no cuts to frontline services after the charity announced the "mutually agreed" departure of chief executive Suzanne Neville in order to balance the books.
"Our community is suffering at the moment," Mr Hecht said.

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Interfaith Pesach

By JCReporter, April 28, 2014

North-west London's newest Jewish community, Mosaic, enjoyed an interfaith Pesach period.
Before the festival, more than 40 Mosaic members attended a service at Harrow Mosque also involving the Methodist community.

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London Marathon entrants run into money for charity

April 17, 2014

Hundreds of runners managed to raise thousands of pounds for communal causes at Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon.

Leading the way were Norwood’s 22 runners who pulled in around £80,000 for the charity. Among them was Nicky Stewart who fulfilled her ambition to run the 26.2 mile distance.

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