Community life

Motion's words for Auschwitz

February 5, 2015

Contributors to a Westminster Abbey service commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz 70 years ago included Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, who read a poem written for the occasion. "Light. Knock. Road. Engine. Rail. Truck. Cold. Night.

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Abel ready for Mersey

February 5, 2015

Rabbi Ariel Abel is returning to an old stamping ground with his appointment as part-time minister of Liverpool's Princes Road Synagogue.

He served the Merseyside community in his early rabbinical years in the late 1990s, before going on to Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation and Radlett Synagogue, from which he resigned in 2010 to pursue educational interests.

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Shuls unite to educate

February 5, 2015

Harrow and Hertfordshire synagogues have begun hosting almost 3,000 pupils from 48 schools as part of Northwood's annual Holocaust Memorial Day programme.

Educational workshops with survivors are being hosted by the Northwood, Belmont, Borehamwood and Elstree, Bushey and Watford US communities, as well as by Northwood and Pinner Liberal.

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Educational trust proposes pluralist primary in Elstree

By Naomi Firsht, January 29, 2015

Two young education workers are formulating a proposal for a pluralist, inclusive Jewish primary school in Borehamwood in the light of growing waiting lists for Jewish schools in nearby areas.

Tal Landsman and Ben Lewis, both 25, have set up the LL educational trust to submit their free school plans to the Department for Education in May.

Mr Landsman, the operations director for Kool Kidz Je

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Southend sets date for EGM over sacked rabbi

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Supporters of the Southend rabbi dismissed for alleged gross misconduct - but who is still leading services - will have an opportunity to challenge the lay leadership over the decision.

Backers of Rabbi Binyamin Bar have welcomed the announcement of an EGM on February 22.

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More express will to leave a charity legacy

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

A cross-communal umbrella organisation is reporting an eight per cent rise among Jews who consider that charitable legacies are important.

Legacy Giving, which conducted the research, encourages people to leave money to one of the 48 charities signed up to its campaign.

Its chair, Melanie Klass, said: "It's all about changing attitudes in the community towards legacies."

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Such a caring couple

January 29, 2015

Residents of Jewish Care's Princess Alexandra Home in Stanmore have shared in the love story of social co-ordinator Celine Allen and kitchen assistant Elliot Cohen.

And as the residents were unable to attend the couple's late evening marriage ceremony at Edgware Synagogue, the Cohens brought the celebrations back to the home for a post-wedding party.

Mrs Cohen, 30, said that "three-and-a-hal

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Pickles takes pleasure in Yesodey's progress

January 29, 2015

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles expressed admiration for UK Jewry's "Jewish values and British values" when he visited Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls' School in Stamford Hill.

Principal Rabbi Abraham Pinter and headteacher Rivky Weinberg joined other community representatives in a round table discussion with the minister, who then took a tour of the school.

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Learning with Leo Baeck

By Simon Rocker, January 29, 2015

Leo Baeck College has branched out into adult education with a new evening syllabus.

Around 50 people have signed up to the college's Lehrhaus programme since it opened last autumn.

"We're really pleased by the numbers," said Leo Baeck principal Rabbi Deborah Kahn-Harris.

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Romain takes charge at Reform beit din

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Maidenhead minister Rabbi Jonathan Romain has been elected chair of the Reform Beit Din.

Following his appointment by the Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK, Rabbi Romain will, for the next three years, head a rotating team of seven judges, having the final say on issues from conversion to divorce.

The religious court will be convened by North West Surrey Synagogue's Rabbi Jackie Tabick.

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