Central London

Jewish Museum director talks of redevelopment

May 29, 2008

The Jewish Historical Society hosted Rickie Burman, director of the Jewish Museum, who spoke about the redevelopment programme of the Camden Town site. Ms Burman’s presentation included a DVD that highlighted the role played by the museum across the Jewish and wider community. The event, held at the Old Post Office in Moseley, was attended by around 20 people. The expanded museum is due to reopen in June 2009.


Shul is slashing wedding costs

By Jay Grenby, May 22, 2008

The Western Marble Arch Synagogue has followed reductions in membership fees by slashing its charges for wedding ceremonies.

A new “highly competitive” basic rate for forthcoming weddings is around £1,000, down from £1,850, and includes security, the services of the registrar and a free year’s membership for the newlyweds. The rate also applies to weddings previously booked but yet to take place.


Angry Charedim hold a tow truck hostage

By Leon Symons, May 16, 2008

Two tiny parking bays have sparked a major row between the Charedi community and Transport for London. The row threatened to boil over last week when dozens of angry motorists surrounded a tow-truck that was about to remove a car — and held it for two hours before allowing it to go. The parking bays are at the junction of Stamford Hill and Clapton Common, in North East London, outside a row of shops.


Young Business Group discuss climate change

May 8, 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.



Teaching Judaism

May 8, 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.


Girl celebrates her barmitzvah with charity swim

May 1, 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.”


South London rabbi's staying power

By Jay Grenby, May 1, 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.


Helping police

April 24, 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.


Pope's representative addresses Shabbat service

April 17, 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.