Special reports

Remember our fallen and fight for our future, say Jewish ex-servicemen and women

By Sandy Rashty, November 8, 2013

Most people know of Ajex —the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women — as the people who parade down Whitehall every November to commemorate fallen comrades.

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Banking on JSoc growth at Canary Wharf

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

JSocs are spreading into the corporate arena, allowing Jewish employees at major financial and law firms In Canary Wharf to get together for social, cultural and religious activities.

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Teachers learning a fresh perspective on the Holocaust

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2013

There is calling out in class and scribbling in notebooks as 22 British students learn about the Holocaust.

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How charities are attracting the young generation

By Sandy Rashty, January 10, 2013

Cash-strapped charities are looking to the future by trying to attract the next generation of donors. But for now, involving the young is more important than the cash they contribute.

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Bosnians say thanks on rescue anniversary

By Sandy Rashty, December 3, 2012

Former members of the Bosnian Jewish community brought to Britain from the war-ravaged country 20 years ago marked the anniversary with an emotional reunion at Jewish Care’s Wohl campus in Golders Green.

Along with World Jewish Relief and the American Joint Distribution Committee, Jewish Care was instrumental in assisting the Bosnians to escape and helped them adjust to life in the UK.

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Shul find brings recognition for wartime heroes

By Jay Grenby, November 19, 2012

Families of 11 Harrow Jewish servicemen who died during the Second World War have been brought together by the chance discovery of a long-lost memorial board at Pinner Synagogue.

The wooden memorial was found at the back of a rarely-accessed storeroom underneath a stairwell during refurbishment work.

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Jewish Women's Aid: Helping abused children

By Sandy Rashty, November 19, 2012

As cases of domestic abuse within the Jewish community rise, Jewish Women’s Aid’s first specialist children’s worker is now dealing with 55 children from the Barnet area.

Nicola Wilson, whose position is funded by Children in Need, has seen more than 100 children since joining JWA two years ago. The youngest are just three, the oldest sixth-form age.

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JFS in the spotlight

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2010

The pupils and staff of JFS have found themselves in the spotlight this year. After the Supreme Court ruled the school must not enquire about the halachic status of pupils, the face of Jewish education was changed forever – sparking endless debate in the community.

JFS pupils discussed the court's decision too, says head Jonathan Miller, because they discuss everything.

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Glasgow: Community where less is more

By Stephanie Brickman, February 4, 2010

Ask any Scot to complete the sentence “I belong…” and the immediate answer will be: “I belong to Glasgow, and Glasgow belongs to me”. What is true of the general population equally applies to Scottish Jewry. There is pride and passion about being a Jew and a Glaswegian.

However, two-thirds of what was once a 15,000 population now reminisce from a distance — usually London, Manchester or Tel Aviv.

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Stoke: 22 members over 200 miles

January 15, 2010

The last time a couple walked up the aisle at Stoke on Trent Hebrew Congregation was in 1995. The time before that was 1956.

There were a few barmitzvot in between, but not many. This is because Stoke, once a thriving congregation with 175 families, is now one of the smallest in Britain.

“We have 22 members scattered over about 200 square miles of north Staffordshire,” said Sydney Morris, 84, president of the synagogue since 1982.

Mr Morris, a widower, is by no means the oldest member. That honour belongs to a 92-year-old, while the youngest is 47.

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