Jewish life

Shechita Board picks new boss

By Simon Rocker, March 25, 2013

The London Board for Shechita, which licences kosher meat for the capital, has appointed a new chief executive.

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New address for next Chief Rabbi?

By Simon Rocker, March 25, 2013

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack said this week that no decision had been taken on the future of the Chief Rabbi’s residence in Hamilton Terrace after being quizzed on whether it would be put up for sale.

At a US Council meeting on Monday, St John’s Wood Synagogue representative Ronnie Lossos called for the retention of the premises in the prestigious St John’s Wood street.

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LJCC ready to cook

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

The London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green is cooking up a storm following the donation of a new kitchen.

Gifted by Poggenpohl, it will be used for cookery classes, demonstrations and event catering. LJCC marketing director Mandy King said the kitchen added “another string to our educational bow — we’re thrilled”.

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Extending traditional Seder tables

By Zoe Winograd, March 25, 2013

World Jewish Relief, Tsedek, Gefiltefest and the Jewish Social Action Forum have come together to publish a haggadah supplement that brings awareness to the national Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign.

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Book this machzor

By Simon Rocker, March 25, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has published his edition of the Pesach Machzor — the third in his planned series of prayer books to cover the five major festivals.

Produced by Jerusalem publishers Koren, the books are set to become the standard machzorim for the modern Orthodox English-speaking world.

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Nightingale House unveils new kitchen

By Zoe Winograd, March 25, 2013

With 200 residents, 300 members of staff and non-stop opening hours 365 days a year, Nightingale House could be the biggest kosher catering operation in the country. As a result, last October the Clapham Jewish care home opened a new £900,000 kosher kitchen to cater for its large residential community.

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Time for a Sephardi revolution?

By Reuven Shirazi, March 22, 2013

A prominent Jewish leader came to speak to the Jewish Society in Cambridge recently. In his speech, he outlined how essential Israel is for Jewish continuity, noting how it had absorbed refugees from Europe (after the Holocaust), India, Ethiopia, and later the former Soviet Union.

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Family in a viral spiral

By Sipora Levy, March 22, 2013

Helen Schulman’s fifth novel, This Beautiful Life, (Atlantic, £7.99), set in contemporary Manhattan, is a bold exploration of a family at breaking point, with themes of sex, love and morality.

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What we were doing last time Pesach was this early, back in 1899

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2013

The last time we sat down to Seder so early in the year, the country had not long before celebrated a diamond jubilee and the community was deep in discussion about international antisemitism and the views of a pope.

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‘No other pope has been so engaged with Jews’

By Ed Kessler, March 22, 2013

As the first Argentine Pope, Francis I comes from a country where there are 230,000 Jews in a country of 37 million, of whom 80 per cent are Catholic.

The new Pope is likely to follow in the footsteps of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. He was appointed cardinal by John Paul II in 2001 and is a Latin American with Italian roots, who studied in Germany. His spoken English is good.

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