Leaders promote vaccination after 41 cases of measles reported

By Anna Sheinman, May 6, 2013

Strictly Orthodox rabbis met a senior Hackney public health official on Thursday to discuss the rising number of measles cases in the community.

Statistics released by Public Health England (PHE) this week record 41 cases of measles within the capital’s strictly Orthodox population since the beginning of the year.


Dementia care takes a trip down memory lane

By Barry Toberman, May 6, 2013

Reminiscence work is an integral part of the programme at Jewish Care’s Sam Beckman day centre in Hendon for people with dementia. Now through the latest technology, centre members Miriam Gould and Dorit Nass can draw upon a lifetime of memories wherever they are.


Community is ‘divided and can’t fund itself’

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2013

Jewish organisations need to attract a wider donor base, support innovation and encourage greater cross-communal collaboration, a new report recommends.

It also says that synagogue buildings could be used more widely for social and cultural purposes.


Pregnant? Keep moving!

By Laurel Alper , May 2, 2013

Pregnancy brings about significant physical changes that affect how your body functions over nine months and beyond. Generally, unless medical limitations indicate otherwise, women are encouraged to continue with or start an exercise programme and to keep moving.


Bone marrow match found for Sharon Berger - family delighted

By Anna Sheinman, May 2, 2013

The family of critically ill Sharon Berger reacted with joy this week at the news that a bone marrow donor had been found for her after a community-wide campaign.

“It’s overwhelming, like winning the lottery,” said daughter Caroline Berger. “We never thought we’d find the person to save her life.”


Bone marrow match found for Sharon Berger

By Anna Sheinman, April 30, 2013

A bone marrow donor has been found for critically ill Harrow grandmother Sharon Berger after a four month campaign by family and friends to find a match in the Jewish community.

Ms Berger suffers from Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a malfunction of the bone marrow in producing blood cells. “I have had no immune system for six years,” she said.


Manchester measles alert

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 29, 2013

Salford Jewish schools have been placed on alert after two cases
of measles were confirmed in Broughton, Greater Manchester’s major Jewish area.

The local council has issued guidance letters to parents, with Mayor Ian Stewart urging them “to have their children vaccinated to prevent the number of cases of measles rising
in Salford”.


Book gives crash course on glatt sex for Orthodox

By Nathan Jeffay, April 26, 2013

In 1999, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach wrote Kosher Sex. Now, there’s glatt sex.

For what is believed to be the first time, from next month, Charedim will be able to buy a Hebrew-language sex guide written especially for them.


Beware flawed theories

By Ian Marber , April 25, 2013

If I were to devise a diet plan that was built around a fallacy, or worse still, a biochemical impossibility, but the foods that were recommended were basically good, would that be dishonest? I grapple with this question when I read about the so-called “acid alkaline” diet. It is based on the theory that disease thrives in an acid environment but eating certain foods promote alkalinity.


Norrice Lea man to head Sport England

By Zoe Winograd, April 22, 2013

Chief Executive of the London Marathon, Nick Bitel, has been named the next chair of Sport England.