Jewish life

Going for a song on Kol Chai's silver anniversary

September 8, 2011

Kol Chai - Hatch End Jewish Community - launched its 25th anniversary celebrations with a singing workshop on Sunday.

More than 40 members and friends enjoyed a musical two hours in a variety of languages under the guidance of singer-songwriter Judith Silver.


Historian fights to preserve East End landmark

By Jessica Elgot, September 8, 2011

A Tower Hamlets campaign group is fighting to save the former Jewish Maternity Hospital building in Whitechapel from demolition by developers.

Retired teacher and local historian Tom Ridge is spearheading a letter-writing campaign to preserve the building, which is more than a century old.

Arnold Wesker and Lionel Bart were among famous Jews born there.


Popular Eden draws pupils from all sides

September 8, 2011

Eden Jewish Primary in Haringey welcomed children from its 30-strong reception class on Wednesday, as governors' chair Peter Kessler reported that the places could have been filled more than twice over.

Jewish pupils for the first intake of the cross-communal free school have been drawn equally from the Orthodox, Reform and Masorti folds.


Washington letter to Jews 'key to roots'

By Ellen Tumposky, September 8, 2011

An important document in American history — George Washington’s 1790 letter to the Jews of Newport, Rhode Island — has been languishing in storage for years, and a US Jewish newspaper has launched a campaign to get it out into the open for public viewing.


Outrage in France over plan to delete 'Shoah'

By Michel Zlotowski, September 8, 2011

Film director and writer Claude Lanzmann has attacked the French Education Ministry for planning to "delete" the word "Shoah" from school textbooks.

Mr Lanzmann argued in a recent article for Le Monde that some at the ministry were trying to challenge the uniqueness of the Jewish genocide and give it the same historical status as the Allied bombing of German cities.

Mr Lanzmann claimed to ha


Rebels plan to restore Jewish Libya

By Nathan Jeffay, September 8, 2011

For Libyan rebel David Gerbi, thought to be the only Jew in the war-torn country, the last fortnight has been like a journey in a time machine.

The once-numerous Jewish community of Libya left in two waves: amid attacks on the establishment of the state of Israel and amid more violence during and after the Six-Day War of 1967.


Hairdresser a cut above the rest

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

A former JFS girl is cutting quite a dash in the hairdressing world by winning a competition for young stylists.

Sarah Marks, 17, triumphed in the Central & Joshua Galvin Photographic Awards for creating the perfect "prom" look on her friend and model Abi Yentis.


A rubbish time for residents

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 1, 2011

Protests are mounting within the Jewish community over plans for reduced rubbish collections by Greater Manchester councils.

Around 130 Jewish families, mainly in Prestwich, have signed an online petition against Bury Council's proposal to make collections fortnightly rather than weekly.


Feel-good broadcasters celebrate landmark

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

The presenters have changed and the song requests are different. But 40 years after being established by the Jewish Youth Voluntary Service, Radio Northwick Park is still brightening the days of patients at the Harrow hospital.


Euro Jewish parliament plan

By Simon Rocker, September 1, 2011

Plans are under way to set up a European Jewish parliament, with an online poll to elect its 120 members due to open later this month.

The initiative has been launched by the European Jewish Union, a Swiss non-profit organisation with a head office in London.