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How deaf and blind Yossi found his voice

By Jessica Elgot, April 27, 2012

Yossi Samuels is a current affairs devotee, a qualified wine-taster and an expert on cars.

But the 35-year-old Israeli is also blind, deaf and largely confined to a wheelchair, able to communicate only through sounds and by outlining Hebrew letters on his brother's palm.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


Running stories with happy endings

April 26, 2012

Yeshivah student Sam Baum, 19, was one of the youngest marathon entrants and the fastest of the contingent supporting Emunah, who raised a combined £12,000-plus.

The former Hasmonean pupil's time of three hours 51 minutes bettered his previous marathon finish. He said that seeing family members along the route had spurred him on.


Tribute from 'lazy friends'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

Two friends raised more than £3,000 from their run in memory of a keen adventurer who died in a paragliding accident in the Spanish Pyrenees at the age of 25.

Ben Jacobs, 25, and Simon Azouelos, 24, were already planning to run the marathon when they discovered that the family of their schoolfriend Guy Joseph was setting up a foundation in his name.


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


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.