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Norwood story has an appealing finale

April 11, 2012

The story of how Norwood helped a man with severe physical and behavioural difficulties has been the focus of the Pesach appeal by the children and families charity, which has a £100,000 target.

Yitzchok grew up in a large family and his parents found it increasingly difficult to care for him.

In desperation, they approached their local council, which found him a place at Ravenswood, Norwoo

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Boris Johnson enjoys a Hill start with Charedi voters. . .

April 11, 2012

The kosher takeaways and bread shops of Stamford Hill were doing a brisk trade as locals got their last taste of pre-Pesach bread when Boris Johnson arrived for his walkabout.

His flaxen dome was as prominent among the growing entourage of Charedi black hats and kippot as the moon in the night sky.

First port of call was Jewish Care's Brenner Community Centre where, in his most sonorous Chur

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King David pupils star in anti-hate crime DVD

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 6, 2012

Manchester King David High pupils are featured in a Crown Prosecution Service film reconstructing antisemitic incidents, which will be shown to potential young offenders.

The DVD will be part of a resource pack distributed to schools across the region highlighting the consequences for perpetrators of racially or religiously motivated hate crime.

North-west area CPS community engagement manag

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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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