Jewish life

Scrolls returned after 132 years

By pat lidiker, June 9, 2014

An historic sefer Torah kept in a Cornwall museum for well over a century has been returned to the Jewish community.

Having been held in Truro’s Royal Cornwall Museum since Falmouth Synagogue closed in 1882, the scroll was restored by scribe Bernard Benarroch and handed back to the Kehillat Kernow community’s chairman, Harvey Kurzfield, by the Duke of Gloucester on behalf of the museum.

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Yeshiva for Salford construction men

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2014

A former Salford care home is to be converted into premises for a yeshiva which trains its students to be fire cadets, construction workers and ambulance staff trainees.

The Darchei Torah Yeshiva helps strictly Orthodox school-leavers who performed poorly in secondary education to find employment.

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Revealed: who gets what among charity movers and shakers

By Marcus Dysch, May 23, 2014

The range of salaries paid to executives working in Jewish communal organisations is revealed in depth today.

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Payment for results

May 23, 2014

All the information in our survey of Jewish communal executives’ pay is publicly available. But it would be hard to overstate the hostility and nervousness from some of those concerned when we started contacting them for confirmation of the figures in their accounts. There were conference calls between organisations to discuss how best to respond. There were attempts to silence the JC.

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There is a world outside antisemitism

By David Cesarani, May 9, 2014

Jews in Britain have never been so secure and prosperous. Yet we seem to be almost obsessively preoccupied by antisemitism and the Holocaust. What is going on? Why do British Jews appear to associate being Jewish with being a victim? Could it be that the culture of commemoration and our immersion in history is blinding us to the present and crimping our vision for the future?

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The story of a life - mine

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 9, 2014

I have been prevailed upon to pen my autobiography. Members of my family and two of my four remaining friends urged me to commit to writing certain facts that might otherwise, they alleged, be lost to posterity. And so, while waiting to undergo surgery, I have — reluctantly —acceded to their wishes. It has been a salutary experience.

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We must not be indifferent to others suffering

By Ronnie Landau, May 3, 2014

Several years ago, I received a disturbing telephone call concerning my 14 year-old step-daughter. At the time she was spending several months in a children’s village in northern Israel. The caller, who was Israeli-born, informed me that his son was a participant in the same scheme.

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My very own Eden project

By Simon Round, May 2, 2014

In some ways I love this time of year. There is light in the evenings, the flood waters have subsided and the cuckoos are cuckooing.

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Jewish artist Gerry Judah and the St Paul’s crucifix

By Charlotte Oliver, April 30, 2014

It is not every day that a Jewish artist is given free rein to make his mark on the walls of St Paul’s Cathedral.

But then, Gerry Judah is not one to follow convention — as can be seen by the six-metre-high cruciform sculptures he has constructed, now hanging either side of the famous church’s Nave Pier walls.

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When being Jewish becomes too expensive

By Simon Rocker, April 27, 2014

Not for nothing is matzah called the bread of poverty: because when you tot up your Pesach bills afterwards, they are likely to have made a deep hole in your pocket. The ritual outcry against Passover prices came this year with disturbing reports of a growing numbers of people having had to rely on charity to help them celebrate it.

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