Jewish life

Manchester job centre opens

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 25, 2013

The first Jewish employment centre outside of London has opened in Manchester with funding from Bury and Salford councils.

JCom’s shop-fronted Employment Support Centre in Prestwich will offer a job search and advice service in partnership with local job centres. Features will include a benefits surgery and “hot desk” office space at a nominal fee for new small businesses.

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No love for Board's marriage secretary fee

By Jay Grenby, February 25, 2013

Small synagogues have condemned an “unfair” and “disproportionate” charge imposed by the Board of Deputies for a simple administrative procedure towards the validation of new shul marriage secretaries.

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Volunteers catch serial offender

By Marcus Dysch, February 25, 2013

Members of volunteer security group Shomrim have helped bring to justice a habitual burglar who broke into a warehouse.

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Community clusters revealed by census

By Simon Rocker, February 21, 2013

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet is one of the most high-profile rabbis in the country. But could the outspoken minister of Mill Hill Synagogue be proving a magnet for the area?

Mill Hill in north-west London is one of the ten wards in England and Wales with the biggest Jewish population, according to the latest data released from the 2011 census.

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Thousands of Jews on Claims Conference property list

By Zoe Winograd, February 19, 2013

The Claims Conference has published a list of thousands of Jews who lost property in former East Germany.

The claims body announced that these Jews and their families will be eligible to receive compensation from a 50 million euro ‘Late Applications Fund’ set up by the conference.

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Israeli man arrested for ordering a woman to move to the back seat

By Zoe Winograd, February 18, 2013

A man has been arrested for ordering a 22-year-old woman to sit at the back of a bus in Israel.

On Friday two strictly Orthodox men are said to have harassed Noa Kentman while she sat on a bus headed to Ashdod.

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'Care cap' issues worry welfare chiefs

By Sandy Rashty, February 18, 2013

Communal welfare leaders have voiced concerns over the government’s latest plan to cap care costs for the elderly.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Monday announced proposals for a £75,000 cap on care costs and to raise the means-testing threshold from £23,250 to £123,000.

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Wrong numbers prompt council to call for better data

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2013

The Manchester Jewish Representative Council has warned that communal strategy must be based on reliable demographic data, particularly for the mainstream. But there was no questioning the growth of the local Charedi community.

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Glasgow looks to its 'Futures'

By Cathy Forman, February 18, 2013

Glasgow’s Community Futures Project has highlighted a lack of barmitzvah education in the city.

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Anti-eruv councillor defends Shoah day role

By Marcus Dysch, February 18, 2013

A Barnet councillor who opposed a local eruv claiming it would be “marketing the place as a Jewish area” has defended his suitability to organise the borough’s Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony.

David Longstaff was criticised by a fellow Conservative councillor and a Shoah memorial group this week after details emerged of his pivotal involvement in January’s HMD event in Hendon.

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