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Decision nears on Finchley primary

May 3, 2012

Leaders of the project for a cross-communal Jewish primary in Finchley will discuss the plans with Department for Education officials this month.

Interim governors' chair Martin Blain said that, although the DfE interview did not "mean we have the green light", it demonstrated that the free school application was being taken seriously.

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Heritage expert urges rethink on repairs VAT

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

Jewish heritage activist Dr Sharman Kadish has called on the government to rethink plans to withdraw VAT exemption on repairs to listed buildings, claiming it would hinder the preservation of old synagogues.

She said the measure would have "a detrimental effect on historic synagogues - and churches - which want to improve their facilities by installing toilets, kitchens and disability access, w

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Masorti making it big

May 3, 2012

Issues from Israel and Iran to conversion featured in the annual conference of Masorti Judaism, Yom Masorti, held this year in Edgware and attended by more than 150 people.

Leading Masorti rabbis Jonathan Wittenberg, Jeremy Collick and Chaim Weiner were among the speakers.

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Violent muggers terrorise grandmother

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 3, 2012

A Leeds grandmother was the victim of a violent mugging six days after her home was ransacked by burglars.

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Wanted by police - more Specials from synagogues

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

There was a strong police presence at the New West End Synagogue on Monday as Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe launched a campaign to recruit a special constable from every London shul.

Posters featuring a police helmet and a kippah will go up in synagogues and Mr Hogan-Howe wants "to persuade people from the Jewish community that this can be a great career.

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Arsenal star targets return Yavneh fixture

May 3, 2012

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong made good on his promise to Yavneh College pupils to publicise their Pennies With Purpose venture in memory of Holocaust victims.

Within 30 minutes of his visit to the Borehamwood school with fellow Gunner Marouane Chamakh to promote Arsenal's gap year programme, Frimpong had told his Twitter followers about the project, which has a £60,000 target for Shoah

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A fundraiser in four million

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

The stars came out for a Cancer Research UK lunch at Fortnum and Mason on Monday organised by an Edgware woman who has helped to raise £4 million over 50 years.

Barbara Freedman, 72 - a Cancer Research UK honorary fellow and ambassador - said she wanted "to do this last one" to mark the anniversary.

Impressionist Jon Culshaw and broadcaster Gloria Hunniford were among the speakers at the lu

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Artist drawn to support restored East End shul

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

An illustration of a historic East End synagogue is set to earn £20,000 for its restoration fund.

Illustrator Lucinda Rogers - who has worked for newspapers including the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph - produced the orange, red and pink image of Sandys Row Synagogue last year.

"I wanted her to record the moment just before the synagogue went for its £500,000 restoration," Sandys Row boa

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Loss-making Southend care home to close

By Jessica Elgot and Cathy Forman, May 3, 2012

Jewish Care's Raymond House residential home in Southend is to close as soon as places can be found elsewhere for its 25 residents.

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Vice-presidency race hots up at the Board

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

At least five candidates will contest the three Board of Deputies vice-president posts at elections on Sunday fortnight.

But Board president Vivian Wineman is not expected to face a challenge for a second three-year term when nominations close today.

While serving vice-presidents Jonathan Arkush and Jerry Lewis seek re-election, Daily Mail city editor Alex Brummer, family solicitor Denise Le

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