Jewish life

Sammy stars as Camp Simcha makes £1 million

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

An eight-year-old boy with a rare and incurable inflammatory bowel disease was the star of the show at Camp Simcha’s London dinner on Monday, which raised over £1 million.

Sammy Bentwood last year appeared on the West End stage as the small boy in Billy Elliot and enthralled the 900-plus dinner guests with a performance of the musical’s top song, Electricity.


'They have given us nice memories'

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

Tara Kar is grateful for the “practical support” from her Camp Simcha family liaison officer after her son Luca was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia at 18-months-old. Luca, who is now three, is in remission after undergoing chemotherapy treatment and a bone marrow transplant.


Shared experience is the key

By Naftali Brawer, March 10, 2013

I recently attended a Shabbat service at the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem. For some reason, I laboured under the impression that this beautiful synagogue was always sparsely attended and that those who did attend were primarily gentile tourists attracted by the reputation of the chazan and choir.


Atlantic cross currents

By Robert Low, March 8, 2013

Frederic Raphael and Joseph Epstein are both distinguished Jewish writers in their 70s, Raphael is a novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter; Epstein a fine essayist, superb short-story writer and some-time academic and editor.


Encapsulated: UK Jews for future reference

By Jenni Frazer, March 7, 2013

Sir Trevor Chinn put it simply. “As a community, we have a decision to make. Do we accept decline as inevitable, or do we challenge it?”

There seemed no doubt that, on a cold but sunny morning in the grounds of JW3, the new Jewish Community Centre for London, the decision had been taken to take the challenge to the barricades.


‘South Africa can learn from you’

By Moira Schneider, February 28, 2013

There was much that South Africa could learn from its Jewish community, particularly its notion of community, said Cyril Ramaphosa, newly-elected vice president of the ANC, the country’s ruling party.

Mr Ramaphosa was speaking at an event organised by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein to discuss challenges facing the nation.


In Moises Ville, the Yiddish cowboys make one last stand

By Jonathan Gilbert, February 28, 2013

Ariel Rosenthal appears a typical gaucho, the name given to Argentine cowboys who work the land and rear cattle in the country’s vast Pampas.

He wears bombachas, rugged, loose-fitting trousers; alpargatas, cotton shoes; and a boina, a beret-style cap.


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.


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.


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.