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Alesha says Norwood's GOT TALENT

April 27, 2012

Norwood's Capital to Coast cycle challenge is a hit with singer and Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon (pictured, back row centre with Norwood staff and service users).

Ms Dixon was at the London Eye for the launch of the event - supporting both Norwood and the Down's Syndrome Association - which offers participants a choice of four routes to Brighton.

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Blackpool shul sells for £100k

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 27, 2012

The Blackpool Synagogue building has been sold for in excess of £100,000, exceeding estimates.

Overlooked by Blackpool Tower, the 1916 Grade II-listed synagogue had been expected to fetch between £50,000 and £75,000 at auction last Thursday.

However, the auction was called off when an unidentified buyer submitted a higher prior offer.

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Liberals make a push for growth

April 27, 2012

Liberal Judaism is set to become "less polite and more pushy" about its achievements in its efforts to reach both Jews and non-Jews.

The commitment was made by chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich to the movement's biennial conference in Gloucestershire at the weekend, attended by more than 260 members.

Leaders aim to convey Liberal Jewish values and practices with greater clarity across its 35

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School objectors 'mislead' locals

By Jay Grenby, April 27, 2012

Etz Chaim Jewish Primary governors' chair, Adam Dawson, has voiced concern that "local residents are being misled about the school project" by opponents of the scheme.

With building work about to start on the conversion of a former garden centre in Mill Hill into permanent premises for the free school, a privately funded leaflet has been produced to counter what the governors claim are "myths a

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Leeds closes in on secondary

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 27, 2012

Leeds has moved closer to having its first Jewish secondary school with a free school application reaching the final interview stage.

Jewish community education leaders have been invited to the Department for Education for clarification of plans for a 210-place secondary school on the Brodetsky Jewish Primary campus in Alwoodley.

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Naming their primary

April 27, 2012

In the week leaders of the South London Jewish Primary School project attended the crucial interview stage at the Department for Education, a competition was launched to find a new name for the school.

Local residents, Jewish community members and registered families are being asked to suggest possible titles, along with their reasoning.

If the application to the DfE is successful, the schoo

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Pinner group hears the poignant case of an Auschwitz survivor

By Jay Grenby, April 27, 2012

The MOVING story of a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was relayed to the 450 people at Pinner Synagogue's Yom Hashoah commemoration.

Czech-born Zdenka Fantlova was incarcerated in Terezin, Auschwitz and finally Bergen-Belsen, from which she was liberated. She was the only survivor from her immediate family.

She recalled being initially incredulous at the atrocities she witnessed.

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Olympics next for veteran competitor

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

A marathon veteran in every sense of the word, 87-year-old Paul Freedman was happy with his time of seven hours 20 minutes.

It was the 21st marathon for the Romford Synagogue member and sponsorship will add to the tens of thousands he has raised for St Francis Hospice, which looked after his wife Renee before her death in 2007.

Mr Freedman only took up running when he was 61 and the secret o

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The Levys celebrate their relative success

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

After watching their elder brother Simon complete eight marathons in eight days last year, Deborah and Marc Levy were inspired to keep the 2012 London Marathon in the family.

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Landmark race for the Barrs

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

There are more romantic ways of celebrating a wedding anniversary than pounding the London streets for 26 miles.

But for Lauren and Jonathan Barr, who have a combined age of 99, Sunday's race was the second London Marathon they have run together, raising £6,700 for Chai Cancer Care.

Mrs Barr was the fastest of the two, coming home in four hours 45 minutes.

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