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August 12, 2010
To meet the needs of the growing Hertfordshire Jewish community, Norwood's family support service is branching out into Elstree.
Although social workers and other staff at the charity's Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon already assist many Herts families, a Wednesday morning service will be available at Allum Lane Community Centre from October.
Family support service manager Eileen Martell said Norwood was "committed to providing a safety net to the children and families in the community who need it most.
By Jay Grenby, August 12, 2010
St Albans Masorti Synagogue's new spiritual leader has returned from America a less single-minded man. For just before his departure, Rabbi Rafael Kaiserblueth got engaged to Mariel Leonard of Washington DC.
Over the last few years, Rabbi Kaiserblueth has regularly visited the Hertfordshire community to lead festival and other special services. He also spent a three month period as a visiting scholar.
By Robyn Rosen, July 30, 2010
A rise in antisemitic incidents in Manchester is down to a "shifting, and increasingly visible" Jewish community in north Manchester, according to a new report.
Antisemitic incidents are more than 50 per cent higher in the first six months of this year in Greater Manchester than in the same period in 2008 - and make up almost a third of antisemitic incidents in the UK.
There were 89 antisemitic incidents in Greater Manchester recorded by the Community Security Trust in the first six months of 2010.
By Simon Rocker, July 29, 2010
A number of Orthodox Jewish schools are stopping organising bar or batmitzvah ceremonies for pupils because they cannot tell if they are halachically Jewish, according to the head of the United Synagogue's Rabbinic Council.
Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet explained that the change was being made as a result of last year's court ruling on Jewish school admissions.
Speaking last weekend at an event in north London, he said that a meeting had recently taken place for young people who act as wardens in midweek services that take place at various schools.
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