Joining Norwood's uneasy riders

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2011

Although not normally superstitious, the portents were not promising in the lead up to my participation in the Norwood bike ride in Croatia.

Persuaded to sign up by a good friend, my training consisted primarily of laps around Regent's Park on the bike I received from my parents as a batmitzvah present.


Work starts on mikveh

By Jay Grenby, June 10, 2011

After many years' planning and fundraising, work has finally begun on the construction of a mikveh at the rear of Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue.

The mikveh will serve not only the women of the Cockfosters community but also those from neighbouring congregations including Barnet, Southgate, Hadley Wood and Potters Bar.


Job losses as the Jewish Agency shrinks in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, June 10, 2011

The Jewish Agency for Israel is to close for a fortnight in the summer as a money-saving measure, docking pay from employees.

With a budget gap of more than £2 million, the charity was going to lay off 50 employees, but the workers' union agreed to the furlough as an alternative, its spokesman Michael Jankelowitz said. It will begin on August 21.


Tzedek is consulted

June 10, 2011

Tzedek, the international development charity, is among faith groups advising the government on how to deploy overseas aid.The Department for International Development (DfID) has set up a working group to explore partnerships with religious communities.


The clothes show by Moriah pupils

June 2, 2011

Moriah Primary pupils took to the catwalk on Monday as stars of a fashion show sponsored by high street chain River Island.

More than 50 pupils from the Pinner school modelled the latest styles, watched by an audience in excess of 400.

The £4,000-plus raised will help to fill gaps in funding from government and the local authority and a drop in parental contributions. 


Fun runners set a hot fundraising pace

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

There was Superman, a Star Wars character, The Stig - and around 3,000 other participants and supporters at Maccabi's fifth annual Community Fun Run in Barnet on Sunday.

A record 32 charities were represented and the organisers hope that the fundraising total will reach £150,000.


Cancer charity's pioneering care collaboration

By Barry Toberman, June 2, 2011

Chai Cancer Care is expanding its services with a pioneering rehabilitation and palliative outpatients clinic at its Hendon premises.


Loans for women strikes a UK chord

By Jessica Elgot, June 2, 2011

A charity which helps both Orthodox Jewish women and Arab women in Israel set up their own businesses is appealing for UK support.

Jafar Sabbah, director of the Jerusalem Interest-Free Microfinance Fund, said: "The charity has already increased the income of women from East and West Jerusalem from just £120 a month to almost £1,000.


Milestone as World ORT returns to Berlin

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

A Jewish organisation has held its first meeting in Berlin since before the Holocaust.

Representatives of more than 20 countries including Israel and the UK attended the World ORT event on Monday and marked the launch of a website dedicated to music composed during the Nazi era.

The educational site includes 100 recordings from the ghettos and the concentration camps.


Brady's bunch of soccer stories

By Jenni Frazer, May 26, 2011

In her first weeks as managing director of Birmingham City Football Club, Karren Brady looked for the directors' box, only to be repeatedly told: "Ah, wives of directors go to the ladies' box through there." Finally, she was recognised: "Oh, you're that woman. Stay here and I'll find out what to do with you."