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Sun, sand and Simcha!

Sun, sand and Simcha!

Camp Simcha’s summer scheme, Keshet, kicked-off its first fortnight with a host of activities, including a trip to a lego workshop and games at JW3’s beach.


Camp Simcha UK chief executive Neville Goldschneider said: “For some of the children we support, the summer can be long and boring – and stressful for their mothers and fathers. The Keshet days are a massive boost to them and to their parents.”

Norwood residents are bowed over

Norwood residents are bowed over

A GROUP OF residents from Norwood were bowled over when they got the chance to take part in a cricket taster session at Wokingham Cricket Club. The session was delivered by two of the club’s coaches and included catching, bowling and batting practice. The session was run as part of Norwood’s Sports England funded project Change the Game, which aims to give people with learning disabilities more opportunities to take part in sports, as well as a chance to get fit and healthy. Andrea Ford, Sports Manager at Norwood said: “Wokingham is one of our local cricket clubs, so we were delighted when they offered to run this session for the people we support. Everyone had a brilliant morning, even those who were new to the game.”

LSJS ‘entering another world’

LSJS ‘entering another world’

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was on hand to officially open the “The Marc Weinberg Community Library” at the London School of Jewish Studies. Renamed in honour of a former trustee who died of Leukaemia aged just 35, Mirvis invited the community to “come and use this amazing resource”, which contains the largest collection of Jewish books in the UK. It is designed to be one of British Jewry’s most significant resources, incorporating the historic Jews’ College Collection with more than 70,000 volumes of Judaica and Hebraica. Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum, Dean of LSJS, said: “We wanted the library to be for young and old, so we built a ‘film studio’. The Discovery Studio is a fully immersive educational environment for children to experience books coming to life. It’s like entering another world.”

IDI tripping the young fantastic

IDI tripping the young fantastic

The Israeli Dance Institute held its second Early Year’s Dance Festival, as 350 children from Reception and Years 1 & 2 enjoyed a one-and-a-half hour dance programme, called “Israel – hamishpacha sheli” (Israel – my family), which is devised for younger children by the IDI. The Lee Valley athletics centre hosted pupils from Kerem, Rosh Pinah, Independent Jewish Day, Alma Primary, Eden Primary, Hasmonean Preparatory and Mathilda Marks Kennedy Schools for what is one of the IDI’s educational pillars, which serves to promote a different image of Israel through its performing troupes. 

Sydmar lodge has some oomph!

Sydmar lodge has some oomph!

Sydmar Lodge care home in Edgware has launched Oomph! A series of exercise classes for their residents, which promotes health, well­being and happiness through a programme of inclusive physical activity, it also offers them a wide-range of health benefits.REMBRACE2

Sydmar Lodge activities co-ordinator Robert Speker said: “The Oomph! exercise classes have a very positive effect on the staff and residents at Sydmar Lodge, with everyone having a great time. We look forward to running more sessions in the future.”

US gifts some much-needed nosh

US gifts some much-needed nosh

Charity GIFT and the United Synagogue’s Project Chesed marked the third anniversary of their partnership by organising a food collection day across London. Under the GIFT US Food banner, 18 US communities collected much-needed food for local Jewish families needing assistance. Collections were also made at two schools, Mathilda Marks Kennedy and Etz Chaim. RGIFTUS2

Collecting £5,000 worth of food, which will be distributed to almost 2,000 people across London, Michelle Minsky, head of US Chesed said: “We know that times are tough right now and we will continue to do all that we can to help people who are in need.” Michelle Barnett, director of GIFT said: “It was heart-warming to see how many volunteers turned out in support of this joint initiative.”

Kisharon cyclists raise £5,000

Kisharon cyclists raise £5,000

Eight cyclists raised more than £5,000 for Kisharon, when they took part in the 100-mile Prudential London to Surrey ride. Edward Levey finished first in a time of 4:50:58, and was followed by Ashley Fulton, Lawrence Whitefield, Mendy Freundlich, Simon Selouk, Alex Schajer, Leon Angel and Russell Tenzer. Money they raised will go towards Kisharon’s services for children and adults with learning disabilities. Kisharon chief executive Dr Beverley Jacobson said: “What a feat! I’m so proud of you all.”

Week in pictures

Forty young professionals enjoyed a whisky tasting evening at the Hendon Synagogue, Raleigh Close. The evening raised more than £1,600 for vital search and rescue equipment for Israel-based ZAKA volunteers.


Members of the 4th Hendon Brownies show off balloon butterflies they made in a session with Verona Chard of the Musical Balloon Band.


Year two Beit Shvidler pupils received their new chumashim and siddurim at their Simchat HaChumash celebration, where they displayed their knowledge to parents in preparation for learning chumash in Year Three.


André Grossman has been awarded a Long Service Award and Emblem for more than 50 years’ continued service as a Group Scout Leader, initially with the 41st Hackney Scout Group in Stamford Hill and subsequently the 19th Southgate Scout Group.


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