Community life

Failing care home brings in turnaround specialist

By John Fisher, April 27, 2016

After being deemed "not safe, not effective [and] not well led" by the Care Quality Commission, Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall has brought in outside management.

At the first of three hastily convened meetings for residents' relatives, Donisthorpe's trustees chair Andrew Brown pledged that care would improve under Bam Healthcare's administration.


Why Winston gave up Hollywood for Pesach

By Josh Jackman, April 27, 2016

Producer Ben Winston missed the latest episodes of his hit American TV programme The Late Late Show with James Corden to be with his family for Pesach.

It was the first time in close-on 200 shows that he had not been on set for the tapings, he told a sold-out UJIA and Maccabi GB event in Hampstead on Monday.


Celebrating Sephardim

April 27, 2016

A festival of Sephardi and Mizrahi culture at JW3 in Finchley Road on Sunday and Monday will showcase their history, music and literature.

Chef Claudia Roden, Britain's senior Sephardi rabbi, Joseph Dweck, and author Naomi Alderman will be among those involved.


Ruby's birthday chat with the Queen

By Naomi Firsht, April 27, 2016

Maidenhead Synagogue member Ruby Pitch is the same age as the Queen. And last Thursday, Mrs Pitch was one of a group of local 90-year-olds who chatted to the monarch at Windsor Guildhall before a lunch hosted by the Maidenhead and Windsor Mayor.

"It is quite a surreal thing," Mrs Pitch said. "You feel like you are dreaming when you see her coming towards you.


Marathon man raises funds for WJR

April 26, 2016

Being disagnosed with HIV prompted 29-year-old massage therapist Adam Nathan Schultz to rethink his priorities. This led to the Londoner entering the Brighton Marathon, where he achieved his goal of finishing inside four hours and raised money for World Jewish Relief.


New Limmud chief is on a learning curve to increase its impact

By Simon Rocker, April 22, 2016

When New Orleans held its Limmud conference last month, a number of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform synagogues closed for the weekend in order to focus on the event


'I talked myself out of a job at JW3 - but tensions were rising'

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2016

New UJIA deputy chair Louise Jacobs still misses the London Jewish Cultural Centre.

As the LJCC's final chief executive, she oversaw the merger with JW3 last April. Programmes were shut, redundancies made and LJCC's Ivy House premises in Golders Green - once the home of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova - were sold to developers of a Catholic girls' school.


Campaign targets £7m to meet educational shortfall

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

A charity campaign has been launched to cover the estimated annual£7 million cost of supporting Jewish studies in schools in north-west London.

Chomesh L'Chinuch, instigated by members of Golders Green Beth Hamedrash, is urging people to earmark 20 per cent of their charity donations for Jewish education.

The initiative - meaning "a fifth for education" - distributed its first grants amou


Home's appeal is all relative

April 21, 2016

Keeping it in the family, the Nightingale Hammerson Pesach appeal is being led by Jeffrey Galvan, son of Nightingale House resident Netta Galvan, 89.

Mr Galvan said that "Nightingale is a home from home for the residents. The first Pesach my mother spent in Nightingale was very different from usual. But it was also very special.


'Fitting tribute' to Duffield's vision

April 21, 2016

London Mayor Boris Johnson has applauded JW3's "fantastic" contribution to London's cultural life.

In a written message to the Finchley Road centre's Life and Soul dinner, which raised £220,000, Mr Johnson described JW3 as "everything a community hub should be and a fitting tribute to the vision of [key funder] Dame Vivien Duffield, who I have worked with and admire".