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Marble Arch fee reductions help those caught in credit crunch

By Jay Grenby, February 26, 2009

Further cuts in membership fees are being implemented at the Western Marble Arch Synagogue to help congregants in financial difficulty.

The latest reductions of an average eight per cent mean that a member in his early 30s could pay under £150 a year.


Station plays host to 'kinder' play

By Marcus Dysch, December 2, 2008

A play marking the 70th anniversary of the first Kindertransport arrivals in Britain was performed at Liverpool Street Station, in central London, yesterday.

The remembrance event, called 'Suitcase', focuses on the stories of eight people involved in the Kindertransport, including children, foster parents and railway workers.

The first young refugees from Nazi Germany arrived at the station on December 2, 1938.


Chanucah with Boris

By Leon Symons, November 27, 2008

London Mayor Boris Johnson has given the green light for a major Chanucah celebration in Trafalgar Square.

Chanucah in the Square will be held at five o'clock on December 22, the second night of the festival, when the mayor will lead a civic lighting ceremony.


Liverpool Street service recalls rescue mission

November 27, 2008

The night before the main Kindertransport reunion, World Jewish Relief held a commemorative event at Liverpool Street station - the point of entry for the Kinder.

Guests including Board of Deputies president Henry Grunwald joined 150 Kinder for a service led by Rabbi Barry Marcus, followed by a reception at Bevis Marks Synagogue.


MP opens Shoah exhibit

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2008

A travelling exhibition from the world's oldest Holocaust research centre has been launched at the Houses of Parliament.

"Never Again? Thinking about the Holocaust" was created with items from the Wiener Library.

Monday's event was hosted by Justice Minister Shahid Malik, who said he had been moved by a visit to the Wiener's West End premises.


Dragon's Den investor Rachel Elnaugh addressed a fundraiser for Meir Panim, helping Israel's poor.

November 13, 2008

Dragon's Den investor Rachel Elnaugh addressed a fundraiser for Meir Panim, helping Israel's poor. Over 40 businessmen and women heard Ms Elnaugh say: "I have a place in my heart for organisations such as Meir Panim, which are trying to make people self-sufficient and take them out of poverty." The theme of her talk was "The credit crunch and other nightmares". Bank Leumi UK hosted and sponsored the event, which earned more than £700 for the charity.


Men of letters finish Khalili gift

By Jay Grenby, November 13, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks was one of 40 Western Marble Arch Synagogue members who wrote the final words of the community's newest Sefer Torah, which was presented to the congregation on Shabbat.

The scroll was commissioned by the family of scholar, collector and philanthropist Professor David Khalili and his wife Marion to mark their 30th wedding anniversary, and is the first Sephardi Sefer Torah to be donated to the shul.

In accordance with Sephardi custom, it is housed not in a mantle but in a magnificent and ornate silver case.


Shul services for City’s Lord Mayor

November 6, 2008

Ian Luder takes office today as the 681st Lord Mayor of the City of London, in advance of Saturday's Lord Mayor's Show.

The tax accountant and City businessman is a member of West London (Reform) Synagogue, where a "service of unity" to mark his election is being held today.

A Shabbat morning service will be staged at the Guildhall for Jews involved in the traditional Lord Mayor's procession through the streets of London. Both services will be conducted by Reform Judaism head Rabbi Tony Bayfield, whom Mr Luder has chosen as his chaplain.


Kisharon education is praised

November 6, 2008

Kisharon's special needs education has been praised by the chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, Sir James Hill.

In the company of SSAT officer Lorna Grant, Sir James toured the charity's Tuffkid nursery and day school in Golders Green and the college, adult day opportunities service and the Asher Loftus Business Centre in Hendon.


Men's section of the League of Jewish Women give a mini-prom

October 30, 2008

One Of the Lads, the men's section of the League of Jewish Women, gave a mini-prom at a Harrow and Kenton LJW meeting. In addition to Harry Cohen's performance, an appeal was made for more volunteers to help out with the group's welfare projects.