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Yavneh's late lobby on primary plan

By Jay Grenby, May 10, 2012

Yavneh College issued a last-ditch plea to supporters to lobby Hertfordshire councillors for a change of heart over a £4 million grant application for a primary section.

Members of Hertfordshire's Education and Skills Cabinet were due yesterday to discuss the proposal, which county council officers have recommended be rejected.


Wolfson Hillel anticipates a head start

May 10, 2012

An experienced educator who led a London-wide strategies forum set up by the Department for Education is the new head of the Wolfson Hillel Primary in Southgate.

Kirsten Jowett will take up the post in September, succeeding acting head Rick Barnes.


Norwood retains its star quality

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

For some 50 years, passengers arriving at West Norwood station in south London might have spotted a large yellow Magen David on a nearby building.

The distinctive emblem stood out from the wall of the synagogue of Norwood Hall, the orphanage which was once home to up to 400 Jewish children.

That building will be demolished next Wednesday.


Share deal will pay dividends for four shuls

By Jay Grenby, May 10, 2012

A "trail-blazing" initiative will see the merger of neighbouring Harrow Reform congregations and the sharing of premises and other resources with the local Liberal and Masorti communities.

The chairmen of the Middlesex New and Kol Chai Reform synagogues, Harrow and Wembley Progressive and Hatch End Masorti have signed an accord, backed by their congregations, ministers and movements.


Southend seeking a buyer to save home

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2012

Families of residents at the Southend home Jewish Care plans to close are pinning their hopes on finding a buyer.

Fifty relatives and community members attended a meeting last week with senior Jewish Care staff to discuss the future of Raymond House.

Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation vice-president Stephen Salt said afterwards that he was working with president Alan Gershlick to att


President hopes for short term

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 3, 2012

The 74-year-old president-elect of Manchester Jewish Representative Council hopes his term of office will be short as he wants younger people to assume leadership roles.


Flags fly high on Israel's birthday

May 3, 2012

West Midlands based Israelis who had served in the IDF - including Rabbi Chanan Atlas, the new minister at Birmingham Central Synagogue - participated in a ceremony to mark Yom Hazikaron.

The event commemorated those killed in Israel's defence, soldiers held in captivity and victims of terror.


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.


Standing up to save Highams Park

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

One of the United Synagogue's smallest communities, Highams Park and Chingford, will live to pray another day after staving off closure.

A motion to shut the doors of the 200-member east London synagogue had been tabled at an emergency meeting called last month by the previous board.

"Everyone was against it," said new chairman Stan Cordell.

"They asked whether anyone was prepared to be o


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