Clubhouse off to a flyer

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

Twenty daring volunteers leapt out of a plane to raise £24,000 for a charity helping disadvantaged Jewish teenage boys.

Ari Leaman of the Boys' Clubhouse in Hendon said participants in the Cambridgeshire skydive included staff, former service users and friends.

Proceeds will go towards providing an activity and training service for around 50 youngsters dealing with drug addiction, homelessn


Cantab, you have one hour

By Simon Rocker, September 27, 2011

Cambridge University has extended the deadline to allow observant Jews to vote for its next Chancellor, because of Succot.

The election to find a successor to Prince Philip has been fixed for Friday October 13 - the second day of Succot - and the following Shabbat.

But according to university regulations, those eligible to vote (anyone with a Cambridge MA or higher degree) must do so in pers


Bikes, babies and Shabbat lunch

By Anna Sheinman, September 16, 2011

Having only made it to a JSoc Friday night dinner twice in my first year at Cambridge, I was flattered but somewhat surprised to be invited by the Jewish Chaplain to his house for Shabbat lunch.


Cambridge builds up

By Jessica Elgot, September 15, 2011

Cambridge's Beth Shalom Synagogue has completed the purchase of new premises, but still needs to find £800,000 to finish the £1.7 million project.

With planning permission approved by the council, work is due to start before the end of the year on the Auckland Road site, using the £900,000 already raised.

A community room, library, bike racks and disabled parking will be among features of


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Positive dialogue with Muslims

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

Jewish and Muslim entrepreneurs discussed Zionism, Islamism and business ethics at a Cambridge University conference aimed at improving relations between the religions.

Under the aegis of the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship programme, 24 British, American and French social entrepreneurs spent two weeks at Cambridge's Judge Business School.

They included charity heads, artists and campaigners


Sky's the limit for Noam

July 7, 2011

Noam Primary secretary Joanna Serfaty proved herself a real high-flyer on Sunday with a sponsored skydive in aid of the school's new home project.

Ms Serfaty jumped from 10,000ft at the Parachute Centre in March, Cambridgeshire. "It's the most terrifying thing I have done," she said.


How our JSocs pave the way for the Big Society

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Students tend to make their presence known. Bar-crawls in matching T-shirts, traffic jams on the first day of term, and shops filled with groups searching for fancy dress are common sights on campuses.

But for many Jewish students, playing a role in the local community where they study is a top priority.


Cambridge first for Reform

By Robyn Rosen, May 19, 2011

A £1.7 million purpose-built synagogue in Cambridge has been given the green light by the local city council.


Sacha Baron Cohen backs Cambridge

By Jessica Elgot, February 17, 2011

Sacha Baron Cohen is backing a planned £1.7 million synagogue project in Cambridge, where he was a student.

Beth Shalom Reform is awaiting final planning permission for its own building, having met in temporary premises for 30 years.

The support of the Borat star was enlisted by his cousin, Cambridge autism expert Professor Simon Baron Cohen, who is a member of the congregation.