Cathy Forman

Shining a light on legacy

By Cathy Forman, April 27, 2012

Sir Andrew Burns, the Government's first envoy for post-Holocaust issues, addressed the 600-strong gathering at the Yom Hashoah commemoration at the national memorial to the Holocaust at The Dell in Hyde Park.

The former UK ambassador to Israel spoke about the Government's commitment to continue its work in Shoah education across government departments.

Neil Martin, chairman of The Forum for

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Boris Johnson scatters reds in Redbridge

By Cathy Forman, April 11, 2012

Boris Johnson travelled by bus - Jewish Care-style - to a mayoral election campaign stop at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre last Thursday morning.

Having taken the Central Line to Redbridge station, Mr Johnson was met by centre manager Richard Shone and local Tory MP Lee Scott, who offered him a ride in the centre's new care bus - the first of a fleet of 20 which will benefit Jewish Care clie

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Borts quits Newcastle Reform

By Cathy Forman, March 29, 2012

Newcastle Reform's Rabbi Barbara Borts has resigned because she "wants to move on".

Rabbi Borts has given six months' notice to the 150-member congregation she has served on a part-time basis since 2008.

"I have had a good time here," she said. "They are a great bunch of people. If they need help I will continue to help them. I am not leaving them in the lurch."

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Keeping check of the ups and downs in promotions

By Cathy Forman, March 22, 2012

Although Pesach is still a fortnight away, some of the best supermarket offers have ended. But other reductions are being introduced.

At Tesco, for example, Kedem kiddush wine is now being retailed for £4.50 - in line with specialist outlets - having been on offer for £3.

However, its Kedem grape juice, priced at £2 until around a week ago, has now been reduced to £1.34.

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Keeping check of the ups and downs in promotions

By Cathy Forman, March 22, 2012

Although Pesach is still a fortnight away, some of the best supermarket offers have ended. But other reductions are being introduced.

At Tesco, for example, Kedem kiddush wine is now being retailed for £4.50 - in line with specialist outlets - having been on offer for £3.

However, its Kedem grape juice, priced at £2 until around a week ago, has now been reduced to £1.34.

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Ofsted praise

By Cathy Forman, March 9, 2012

Ofsted has rated Liverpool's King David Kindergarten as "good" in all aspects.

An inspector found that the 74-pupil unit - which moved in the autumn from Harold House community centre to the £25 million King David campus - provided a "vibrant and challenging environment, giving children easy access to a rich and varied range of resources both indoors and outdoors".

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Soup's off over shortage

By Cathy Forman, March 1, 2012

Chicken soup may be off tonight's menu because of a temporary shortage of hens in kosher butchers.

London Board for Shechita executive director David Rose attributed the shortage partly to a change in EU regulations concerning the care of egg-laying birds.

"Jewish suppliers are suffering more than others as it is difficult to get the hens.

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'Vivacious and popular' Frances dies, aged 108

By Cathy Forman, February 23, 2012

Religious leaders have led the tributes to Britain's oldest Jew, Frances Woolf, who has died at the age of 108.

"She knew me from the day I was born," said Rev Alan Greenbat, 82, a family friend of Ms Woolf, who spent her final years in Edinburgh House, the Sephardi home in Wembley. "She knew my grandparents and my mother was her music teacher.

"She was a vivacious and very popular person.

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Fowl play

By Cathy Forman, February 16, 2012

Kedassia, the kashrut arm of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, is to cut the cost of poultry by 50p a kilo in the four weeks before Pesach.

"We want to relieve the heavy financial burden on families," said UOHC executive co-ordinator Chanoch Kesselman. "The bills run up as families buy in more.

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Rabbi Atlas thinks the world of Birmingham

By Cathy Forman, February 9, 2012

Birmingham Central Synagogue has appointed Rabbi Chanan Atlas as minister, filling the vacancy left by the departure of Shlomo Odze to become associate rabbi at South Hampstead Synagogue.

Central president Geoffrey Clements said the search for a spiritual leader was always challenging, "especially when trying to take into consideration the needs of a provincial community.

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Stolen plaque replaced

By Cathy Forman, February 2, 2012

A Holocaust memorial was unveiled in Harlow to replace a bronze plaque stolen in December.

The dedication ceremony was led by Harlow Reform's Rabbi Irit Shillor, who said: "It is terrible that people were prepared to destroy this memorial for the few pounds they could get.

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Caretaker dies in fire

By Cathy Forman, February 2, 2012

Former Cardiff United Synagogue rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg has led the tributes to the shul caretaker, whose death in a blaze last Friday is the subject of a murder charge.

David Evans, 64, died in his bungalow in the village of Pentyrch, on the outskirts of the city. Bleddyn King, 18, from Abercynon, has been charged with the murder of Mr Evans.

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Reform bars widow, 89, over £133 arrears

By Cathy Forman, January 26, 2012

The family of an 89-year-old widow has condemned Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue for cancelling her membership over unpaid fees of £133.

Helen Morris, a member of the shul for more than 22 years, received a letter in early January informing her that because of the outstanding balance, her membership "has now ceased, including loss of all burial funds".

She moved into sheltered accommodat

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Southern comfort from spirited congregation

By Cathy Forman, January 12, 2012

The fighting spirit of South London Synagogue - given a life expectancy of five years at its inception - was celebrated by more than 100 people at its silver jubilee celebrations.

Formed by the amalgamation of the Brixton and Streatham United synagogues, the 180-member congregation provides a daily minyan south of the Thames.

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Glasgow shuls talk merger

By Cathy Forman, January 12, 2012

The merger between Glasgow's two largest Orthodox congregations - Newton Mearns and Giffnock and Newlands - has moved a step closer after a well-attended meeting of the shuls' members on Sunday.

More than 350 people were at the open meeting at Giffnock shul to discuss the proposed amalgamation.

Newton Mearns chair Brian Fox said Sunday's forum - which followed a meeting at the end of last ye

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Party leaders lend a hand

By Cathy Forman, November 17, 2011

The party political leaders are the latest public figures to throw their weight behind this year's Mitzvah Day, the community's national day of volunteering.

David Cameron said: "National Mitzvah Day is a great example of how faith communities across the country are contributing to furthering social responsibility."

Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "Mitzvah Day volunteers will show that the a

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Shul joins the Tribe as it picks youth leaders

By Cathy Forman, November 17, 2011

Prestwich Hebrew Congregation has appointed three youth leaders in the region's first association with Tribe, the youth arm of the United Synagogue.

Aliza Schogger, 18, will lead the eight to 11 year olds, and Shauli Gordon, 21, and Yoni Harris, 22, will lead the Shrubberies' 12-plus age group.

Synagogue president Clive Sayers said the community "is delighted to welcome the Tribe presence to

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Chigwell scores well with Ofsted

By Cathy Forman, November 10, 2011

Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue's holiday club has received a good report from Ofsted.

An unannounced inspection during the half-term holiday programme found that participants "thoroughly enjoy being in this setting.

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Leicester starts the sales to secure a viable future

By Cathy Forman and Sue Jacobs, October 11, 2011

Leicester Hebrew Congregation's city centre synagogue and communal hall are up for sale.

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Wolfson head leaving for executive LSJS role

By Cathy Forman, October 11, 2011

Wolfson Hillel Primary head Jason Marantz is to become chief executive of the London School of Jewish Studies next year, following the promotion of Raphael Zarum to dean.

Canadian-born Mr Marantz, 36, said that "after three-and-a-half extremely rewarding and happy years at Wolfson Hillel, I am very excited about taking on this key position in the Anglo-Jewish community.

"I am looking forward

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