Boris on song at housing launch

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

London Mayor Boris Johnson praised the "energy and dynamism" of the Stamford Hill community at the opening of a £12 million housing project for strictly Orthodox residents on Monday.

Mr Johnson attended the launch of the Stoke Newington Avigdor Mews project by Agudas Israel Housing Association in 2008, and returned to officially open the 29 flats on completion.

"We have to make sure homes a


£25m education site nets Liverpool goals

By Cathy Forman, September 27, 2011

Pupils and staff are enjoying life at the new £25 million King David campus in Liverpool, which has brought together the high school, primary school, kindergarten and community facilities.

"It is a once in a lifetime chance to strengthen the community," said Lauren Lesin-Davis, governors' chair of the primary.


Appealing Nightingale

September 22, 2011

The Nightingale care home in south London has a £75,000 target for its Rosh Hashanah appeal to help bridge the "significant gap between providing exceptional care and funding received".

Nightingale recently opened a state-of-the-art dementia facility, the Wohl Wing, and is conducting a wide-ranging dementia care training programme.


Long distance walker boosts Belarus 'twin'

September 22, 2011

Finchley Reform member Debra Brunner power-walked four marathons in London and Belarus to raise more than £3,000 for its twin Belarus community, Polotsk Etrog.

Ms Brunner began the challenge by completing three marathons in three days in the capital, joined on the final walk by fellow FRS congregants Julius Judah, Jake Brunner, Charlie Sassienie, Bett Demby and Holly Weiss.

A week later, Mr


Donor gets update on £6m home

By Anna Sheinman, September 22, 2011

Philanthropist Leo Noé donned wellies and a hard hat on Wednesday to visit a £6 million respite home for Jewish children with special needs which is under construction in Stamford Hill.


Gove tells UJIA: 'I am a proud Zionist'

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

Education Secretary Michael Gove told 700 UJIA supporters at the charity's annual dinner on Monday: "I'm proud to be a friend of Israel."

Mr Gove was the guest of honour at the London Hilton event, which raised £2.76 million for the charity's work in Israel and the UK.

He told an admiring audience that he had been a socialist in his teens and a journalist in his twenties, but one thing had


Bright Wimbledon future

September 22, 2011

Supporters of the twice-weekly playgroups organised by Judith Ish-Horowicz at Wimbledon and District Synagogue raised more than £3,500 to redecorate the premises.

Facilities now include a "Jewish home play area" with a Succah den for hiding in, a comfortable area for breastfeeding and new furniture.

Artistic mothers Eleri Larkum and Diana Carolath painted a tree of life mural and stencilled


Donors moved by children in need

September 22, 2011

An emotional appeal from the director of an Emunah project in Israel helped British Emunah to raise £200,000 from a dinner and musical soiree at London's Guildhall.

Shlomo Kessel, director of the Sarah Herzog Centre in Afula, told the 300 guests about the challenges of looking after nearly 200 children, many who had come to the home in heart-breaking circumstances.


Military planning for climb cash

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

A seasoned mountaineer is this week taking on one of the world's most challenging climbs in aid of British war veterans.

Keith Breslauer has already scaled some of the world's most difficult peaks, Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn among them.

On Sunday, Mr Breslauer flew to the States for his climb of El Capitan in California's Yosemite National Park.

He has been joined on the expedition by


Towering boost to coffers of cash-strapped charity

By Jessica Elgot, September 15, 2011

Human rights charity René Cassin showed high ambition by hosting its first gala fundraising dinner at the top of the BT Tower.

A sell-out crowd of 90 enjoyed a panoramic view of the London sights, raising more than £26,000, including proceeds from a charity auction.

The restaurant was closed to the public in 1980 because of security concerns and is currently available only for private func