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Barnet's Pole position

By Simon Rocker, April 6, 2012

Barnet Synagogue is to twin with Poland's main congregation, the Nozyk Synagogue in Warsaw - seat of its Chief Rabbi, Michael Schudrich.

The twinning - the first between British and Polish synagogues, according to Barnet's Rabbi Barry Lerer - will be celebrated at ceremonies in Poland next month and in Barnet in October.

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Redbridge pupils relish their royal close-ups

April 6, 2012

King Solomon High student Richard Gold had time on his hands when the Queen visited Valentines Park in Redbridge with the Duke of Edinburgh as her diamond jubilee tour reached London.

Richard presented the royal couple with a clock made from wood from the park.

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We're out to punch in Leeds

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 6, 2012

A white-collar boxing night raised a knockout £20,000 towards new premises for the Zone youth club in Leeds.

Jewish boxers went head-to-head in six bouts, cheered on by 250 people at a suite at Leeds United's Elland Road stadium.

Boxers included 32-year-old property company boss Nick Statman, who makes trips to Vegas to see the big fights.

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Sephardim hope for fresh start after elections

By Simon Rocker, April 6, 2012

Sephardi leaders hope to put recent troubles behind them and make a fresh start in finding a new spiritual head after changes to the executive and board of elders.

Several new faces, including 26-year-old Anthony Tricot - believed to be one of the congregation's youngest ever elders - have joined the top table of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation in one of its most keenly fought ele

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Weizmann wows with £550k

April 6, 2012

Weizmann UK used the Wow factor to generate £550,000-plus from its gala dinner at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel towards the scientific endeavours at the Israeli institute.

Wow stands for "Wonders of Weizmann" and the importance of science education was the theme of keynote speaker Lord Puttnam.

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The 500-member shul which cannot afford a full-time rabbi

April 6, 2012

Rabbi Charles Wallach has brought forward his retirement at cash-strapped Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue.

Chairman Michael Harris has informed members that the minister will leave his full-time employment at the end of April, although he will act as consultant rabbi on a freelance basis.

Although the shul has 500 adult members, many are elderly and 150 pay reduced subscription rates.

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The future's yours: Norwood brings in young generation

By Barry Toberman, April 6, 2012

In a pioneering venture, Norwood is looking to a younger generation to help shape its future.

Plans for the Young Norwood Consultative Committee were outlined to 40 people aged from early 20s to mid 30s at an invitation-only, central-London reception attended by the charity's professional and lay leadership.

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Long jumper lifts Olympic spirit at Akiva

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2012

There were gasps all round when Olympic athlete Chris Tomlinson demonstrated to pupils of Finchley's Akiva Primary just how far he can jump.

The British indoor and outdoor long jump record holder - who competed at the Beijing Games and won a silver medal at the 2008 World Indoor Championships - used a tape measure to illustrate his 8.35 metres personal best in the event.

His visit was part o

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Cemetery site gets a makeover

By Jessica Elgot, April 6, 2012

A major facelift for an 18th century Jewish cemetery at the heart of a modern London university campus has been a labour of love.

The Spanish and Portuguese Novo cemetery was sold to Queen Mary University in Mile End 30 years ago on a 999-year lease and college buildings were constructed on three-quarters of the land.

This entailed exhuming the bodies and reburying them in Edgware.

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Daring days for Tzedek

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2012

Philanthropic daredevils have launched a month of fundraising for international aid charity Tzedek.

Fourteen people went bungee jumping at Windsor Park on Sunday as part of Tzedek's Dare Yourself campaign.

One of the organisers, Charlotte Flowers, went through "a stage of fear" before her jump.

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