Jewish life

Review: Despicable Me 2

By Brigit Grant, June 28, 2013

Attention parents, bubbas and zaidas everywhere. If the thought of another blanket grey weekend spent in soft-play hell with the kids is more than you can stand, fear not. Gru, his adopted orphans and those dinky yellow minions, have returned to chase away the bouncy castle blues and, like a good family board game, delight everyone from six to 96.

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Science and religion: we don’t control the facts

By Daniel Finkelstein, June 28, 2013

When I last visited my doctor’s surgery I saw a big sign on the wall with the figure 79 in large bright red letters. This, the sign said, was the number of patients who had failed to attend appointments in the past week and not told the doctor. As I explained to readers of The Times later the same week, this sign is a mistake.

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Signing up for refugees

June 24, 2013

Marking Refugee Week, the Jewish Council for Racial Equality is trying to get at least 1,000 signatures for its “No way to live” petition in support of asylum seekers’ rights.

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Fed learning in Redbridge

June 24, 2013

A session on Zionism with the Redbridge community’s Israeli emissary, Orly Kenig, completed the latest Diploma in Judaism course at Ilford Federation Synagogue led by minister Rabbi Alex Chapper.

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Disney man animated over fun way to teach Jewish education

By Jennifer Lipman, June 21, 2013

As an animator for Disney, he has worked on films like Pocahontas, Mulan, and Winnie the Pooh. Now Saul Blinkoff is hoping that his cartoons will bring colour and fun to Jewish education.

Mr Blinkoff is on the advisory board of Jewish Interactive, the organisation that develops technology that can be used to teach children about Judaism. It works with nearly 30 Jewish schools in the UK.

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Morris Feinmann: a happy end to a moving story

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2013

Changing demands for care of the elderly has put pressure on Jewish welfare agencies to adapt their properties. In south Manchester, the Morris Feinmann home’s solution has been the relocation of residents while its premises are rebuilt in a collaboration with a major regional care provider.

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Belated batmitzvah celebrations in Stanmore

June 17, 2013

Thirty-two women aged from late-30s to 70-plus have completed Stanmore Synagogue’s first “Batmitzvah Two” programme, spearheaded by rebbetzen Aviva Landau.

Most of the participants in the comprehensive six-week course had felt a sense of loss at not having had a batmitzvah in their youth.

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Great Egg-citement as store reopens

By Anna Sheinman, June 17, 2013

Long-established Stamford Hill grocery the Egg Stores will reopen on Sunday morning after a major blaze last August.

“We’re having a l’chaim,” explained co-owner Erica Friedlander. “We’re going to have popcorn and balloons and candy floss for the children. And, of course, shmaltz herring. Everyone will come down, I hope.”

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Campus chaplain gets BBC radio slot

June 17, 2013

University of Surrey Jewish chaplain Alexander Goldberg is joining BBC Surrey’s Sunday breakfast programme, which is broadcast from studios on the university campus. From this week, Mr Goldberg will discuss “religious and ethical issues and how they impact on our region”.

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Carers urge: tell us about support

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2013

Communal organisations are being urged to work harder at raising awareness of the support available to hard-pressed carers.

An estimated one in eight British adults provides constant support for a loved-one with a serious mental or physical health condition. The organisers of National Carers Week, currently taking place, aims to highlight the challenges they face.

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