Sole cause of Africa project

August 13, 2009

Project Chesed, the charitable arm of the United Synagogue, has launched a footwear collection initiative in support of Shoe Aid for Africa. Unwanted shoes, particularly in children’s sizes, will be distributed to needy communities.

Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue was first off the blocks with a shoe party.

In return for their practical donation, children received instruction in the art of shoe graffiti.


Douglas Poster

By sasha, July 10, 2009
Wednesday 15 July


Shabbat room at Royal Free

June 4, 2009

Jews visiting loved ones at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead on religious days can take advantage of its new Shabbat room.

Families can use the room as a place to relax — and be provided with a simple kosher meal.

It is the result of a donation from the family of Betty Gedalla, a Royal Free volunteer for 32 years, who died in December. Her sons Lawrence and Brian were at the opening ceremony, along with Lady Jakobovits and senior Jewish hospital chaplain Rabbi Meir Salasnik.


Transfer bonus delights charity

June 4, 2009

The premises of the former Westmount care home in West Hampstead have been donated to Jewish Care, which intends to transfer residents from its Mapesbury Road home in Willesden.

Established in 1976 by Sidney and Elizabeth Corob, Westmount was a kosher facility offering beds on the basis of need, rather than ability to pay. It closed in April 2008 as a result of declining numbers.

Explaining the donation, Mrs Corob said that she and her late husband “wanted to make sure the home could continue to care for members of the Jewish community with the same ethos and quality as before.”


‘Brilliant’ civil servant hit by train

By James Martin, June 3, 2009

The Newcastle Jewish community is mourning the loss of a “brilliant, kind and unassuming young man”, after the death of 32-year-old Adam Rothapel last Tuesday.

Mr Rothapel, private secretary to Minister of Justice Bridget Prentice, died after being hit by a train at Finchley Road station in London.

Mr Rothapel, who lived in West Hampstead, was due to marry Sam Baden, his Australian-born fiancée, in August. He leaves behind his mother, Hilary.


Rabbi Reuven Livingstone takes pay cut

May 14, 2009

Hampstead Garden Suburb honorary officers have refused to take questions on a cut in salary and expenses for minister Rabbi Reuven Livingstone.

There were heated exchanges between the shul’s lay leadership and some of the 200 members at Monday’s annual meeting, following the revelation in the 2009 budget of a halving of expenses to be paid to the rabbi — from £12,660 to £6,000. Combined with a lesser salary, the rabbi’s income will fall by 15 per cent, from an £87,000 package to around £75,000.


Jewish Community Centre attracts a capacity crowd to its "Sing Off"

October 30, 2008

The Jewish Community Centre attracted a capacity crowd to its "Sing Off". Hampstead Town Hall was packed with 200 people of all ages, who were treated to performances by the Zimmers and the Jewish Care choir. Participants were also offered various workshops. At the end of the day, a concert was held to celebrate all the choirs, which included a performance by Jonah and the Whalers, led by scriptwriter and TV producer Dan Patterson.


New chairman for British Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem

September 19, 2008

Lee Reuben is the new chairman of British Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem, succeeding Jeffrey Pinnick, who held the post for four years. Mr Reuben, a long-time supporter of the charity, is managing director of a marketing consultancy. He looked forward to helping Boys Town "turn young boys from limited backgrounds into young men with limitless futures".


Oxford's J-soc's annual pre-term party a success

September 19, 2008
Oxford and Oxford Brookes University Jewish Society members packed the Old Bull and Bush pub for the J-soc's annual "Oxford comes to London" pre-term party. They were welcomed by joint presidents Simon Gordon and Anna Harwood, who informed new students about Yom Kippur arrangements for freshers' week.


London memorial for IDF soldiers

By Jay Grenby, July 25, 2008

A Bnei Akiva-organised service in memory of Israeli soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser at Hampstead Garden Synagogue on Sunday was attended by over 500 people.

Board of Deputies president Henry Grunwald was among communal leaders and Israeli representatives at the service, arranged at short notice by BA's Eli Bauernfreund and Joshua Pomerance following the return of the soldiers' bodies to Israel from Lebanon as part of a prisoner-exchange deal.