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Teaching Judaism

May 9, 2008

A major educational resource on Judaism in Britain and beyond will be launched at a Westminster reception next week.

Over two years in the making, the interactive Jewish Way of Life CD-ROM was developed by the Board of Deputies in partnership with the Pears Foundation and World Ort. Copies will be distributed to schools throughout the country.

It features material on Jewish history, the festivals, food and prayer. It is supported by a website guide for teachers.


Young Business Group discuss climate change

May 9, 2008

The battle against climate change and its effect on the global economy was the topic of discussion at a Jewish Care Young Business Group reception, at the city offices of event sponsors Denton Wilde Sapte. The evening was attended by 80 people and raised £2,000 for the charity. Times columnist Camilla Cavendish chaired a panel discussion.



South London rabbi's staying power

By Jay Grenby, May 2, 2008

The acting minister of Streatham-based South London Synagogue has agreed to stay on as a “permanent temporary”.

Rabbi Menahem Lester was recruited 12 months ago after the retirement of Rabbi Philip Ginsbury, who served South London congregations for 47 years — first at Streatham, then at Brixton, and after the two communities amalgamated in 1985. Rabbi Lester spent nine years with Chingford and Highams Park Synagogue before going on aliyah with his wife in 2004.


Girl celebrates her barmitzvah with charity swim

May 2, 2008

Immanuel College pupil Chana Bernstein marked her batmitzvah by completing a one kilometre charity swim, raising more than £1,100 for Emunah and Keren Or to benefit disadvantaged children. Chana said: “It was really hard work, as I have never swum so far before, but my friends were really supportive. I feel proud to have helped others while I celebrated my batmitzvah.”


Helping police

April 25, 2008

Metropolitan Police inspector Mat Shaer is the new chair of the Jewish Police Association.

Inspector Shaer wants to raise the profile of the association within the force and the wider community and make potential members feel “they have something to gain from belonging, whether from support, networking or socialising”. He is particularly keen to attract officers and civilian staff from other forces.

He transferred to the Met in 2003 after 10 years in Thames Valley force.


Man held over Tube 'frauds'

By Leon Symons, April 18, 2008

Police investigating a series of frauds on the London Underground said this week that they had arrested a man.

A 58-year-old from Hackney has been charged with three sample counts of fraud by false representation at Finsbury Park Tube station in November 2007 and at King’s Cross Tube station in March and April 2008.

Israel Aharonovitz, of Seven Sisters Road, Hackney, is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in Horseferry Road today.


Darfur protest

By Neil Wolfson, April 18, 2008

Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs was among a large Jewish presence at Sunday’s fifth annual London protest rally against the genocide in Darfur.

Mr Isaacs, Board of Deputies president Henry Grunwald, JC columnist Jonathan Freedland and several hundred Jewish students were among the 2,000 people outside the Sudanese embassy. Students wore T-shirts bearing the slogan: “Never Again? It’s Happening Right Now”.


Mayor leaps into action

By Jodie Mablin, April 18, 2008

Councillor Louise Hyams is heading for a fall when she becomes Lord Mayor of Westminster next month.

In support of her mayoral charity, For Dementia, the 56-year-old grandmother is planning a sponsored parachute jump.

“The charity promotes Admiral nurses, who are specialists in dementia care, and helps to support families and carers,” Councillor Hyams told the JC. “My mother has dementia so I know first-hand how difficult it can be.”


Gift giving helps the less fortunate

April 18, 2008

Over 300 community members brought boxes and bags of chametz to a North-West London drop-off point on Sunday for the annual collection of the Gift charity.

Wines, biscuits, cakes, pasta and cereal were among the 3,000kg of produce donated. The food will be stored, sold through the London Beth Din and distributed to local families and disadvantaged Jewish communities abroad after the festival.

The Hasmonean, North-West London and Nancy Reuben primary schools were involved in the collection. More than 60 young volunteers, some as young as six, helped fill the boxes.


Pope's representative addresses Shabbat service

April 18, 2008

Papal Nuncio Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz, the Pope’s representative in the UK, addressed a Shabbat service at the West London Synagogue. Archbishop Munoz and West London minister Rabbi Mark Winer reflected on the evolving dialogue between the two religions and agreed that more needed to be done to achieve similar partnership with the Muslim community. The archbishop said he felt at home in West London and remarked on similarities in style with the Catholic service.