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Growing up at Mitzvah Day

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2015

Mitzvah Day is looking to become a “grown-up” charity with the recruitment of a chief executive.

Having attracted 37,000 volunteers for its various projects last year, the social action organisation is looking to expand its influence both here and abroad.

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New entry in Anne Frank Trust's diary

April 20, 2015

Anne Frank Trust UK co-founder and executive director, Gillian Walnes, has stepped down, happy that the charity “has become such a successful educational organisation”. Her successor is Robert Posner, who has been chief operating officer for five years.

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Orchard is right up Sam's street

By Jay Grenby , April 20, 2015

The oldest and longest-standing member of Welwyn Garden City Synagogue, 97-year-old Sam Ostro, has had a 20-tree apple orchard named after him.

Sam’s Orchard is located at the corner of the road where the gardening enthusiast has lived for the past 56 years. It is part of a scheme introduced by Welwyn-Hatfield Council to create small orchards in open spaces.

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'Don't stand by' is next HMD theme

April 20, 2015

A Woman rescued as a child from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia by Sir Nicholas Winton was among speakers at the Manchester launch of the theme for next year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, Don’t Stand By.

Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines said that the title encapsulated the efforts of people like Sir Nicholas, who did not stand by but took action.

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I hope David Ward loses his seat over anti-Israel remarks, says Lib Dem peer

By Sandy Rashty, March 23, 2015

Liberal Democrat peer Sarah Ludford says she hopes David Ward - an MP belonging to her own party - loses his seat at the general election, claiming that his controversial tweets about Benjamin Netanyahu had “tipped over from anti-Israel to antisemitism”.

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Princess Anne praises Nightingale war effort

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

The Princess Royal paid tribute to the bravery of three female wartime secret agents with a Nightingale House connection when she visited the Clapham care home on Wednesday.

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They're ready to face the music for Emunah

February 16, 2015

Sisters at JFS and an Israeli-born pianist are among the 20 finalists in the Emunah Young Musician and Singer of the Year contests, which will be held at London’s Royal Academy of Music on March 1.

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Merged South Woodford and Waltham Forest shuls get started

February 16, 2015

The Woodford Forest United Synagogue, formed by the merger of the Wanstead and Woodford and Waltham Forest congregations, has held its first Shabbat services. The merged congregation is worshipping in the Churchfields building that was home to Wanstead and Woodford and has a membership of over 1,200. Rabbi Yaakov Singer is its interim minister.

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Nightingale opens its doors to NHS facility

By Barry Toberman, January 28, 2015

South London residential home Nightingale House is easing the pressure on NHS waiting lists by giving over unused space on its Clapham site for an independent unit administered by St George’s Hospital.

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Money Mensch Martin Lewis victim of commuter rage

By Sandy Rashty, January 22, 2015

Journalist Martin Lewis was a victim of “commuter outrage” on his way to work on Wednesday, he has revealed on his Facebook page.

Mr Lewis, who writes a money-saving tips Money Mensch column in the JC, was attacked by the entrance of Waterloo station.

He wrote: “Feeling slightly shaken having just been a victim of commuter rage.

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