Community life

'Cockroaches and maggots' found at bakery

By Naomi Firsht, May 4, 2015

Cockroaches and mouse droppings were found in two London kosher bakeries, and maggots in one of the branches, a court heard on Wednesday.

Infestations of cockroaches and mice were discovered in the Stamford Hill and Manor House branches of Sharon's Bakery during health inspections carried out in June and July 2013, Snaresbrook Crown Court was told.

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Special Shabbat demonstrates 'vibrant' life on Merseyside

May 4, 2015

The fourth Shabbat Across The Mersey involved some 900 people - approaching half the area's Jewish population.

Starting with a pre-Shabbat Yom Ha'atzmaut party on the King David schools campus, it continued at a variety of venues, with a "switch it off" campaign encouraging participants to turn off their mobile phones at 7pm.

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Charedi school is back on track, says Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, April 30, 2015

A Charedi girls' school in Stamford Hill which was ranked inadequate last year has been given a clean bill of health by inspectors.

Ofsted said that Beis Trana, which teaches around 280 girls from three to 16, now complies with the standards required of independent schools after an unannounced visit in March.

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US seeks closer Ohr Chodesh ties

By Simon Rocker, April 30, 2015

The United Synagogue has been holding talks with Ohr Chodosh, the independent congregation run by London Beth Din head Dayan Menachem Gelley in Golders Green, about forming a closer relationship.

A US spokesman said it was looking at "assisting with the development of this growing community", but that discussions were at an early stage.

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Husband keeps it in the family

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

Jonelle Roback was ready to run, the 45-year-old having prepared for months in her quest to prove that someone with Multiple sclerosis can complete a marathon.

But at the end of December, her hopes were shattered when a change of medication led to a relapse.

"My neurologist gave me the devastating news that I wasn't to push my body at all and to withdraw from the marathon," she recalled.

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London Marathon: Keeping Chris Evans in his sights

April 30, 2015

Norwood put out the biggest communal marathon team, which raised £80,000 for the children and families charity.

It included one of the youngest entrants, 19-year-old Noah Lachs, a student at Lincoln College, Oxford, whose friend's sister was supported by Norwood.

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London Marathon: Camp Simcha cashes in from big race

April 30, 2015

Camp Simcha's work with children with serious illness and their families has benefited by £16,000 as a result of its marathon squad.

Michael Jaeger, Jonny Phillips, Dalia Davis, Shlomi Rokach, Edward Tricker, Jonathan Taieb and David Rosenthal recorded times ranging from 3:30 to 5:49.

Mr Phillips was the quickest, on his fourth marathon for the charity.

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London Marathon: Oldest runner goes under the Hammers

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

Not many marathon men get to do their training with Premier League stars. But then 90-year-old Paul Freedman is not your average marathon entrant.

Once again the oldest participant this year, the West Ham fan spent a morning working out with the team in advance of his 24th London Marathon.

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London Marathon: Chai life on the roads

April 30, 2015

Chai runner Mitchell Kalischer, who finished in 5:04 and earned around £2,500 in sponsorship, took part in memory of Bernice Cowan, a close family friend. "She passed away a few years ago having battled with cancer for many years. She was a remarkable woman." Deborah Goldman, another Chai entrant, finished in 5:04 and raised over £2,600. "I was proud to run for Chai," she said.

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London Marathon: They did it all for their well cared-for grandmas

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

Richard Bernstein and Darren Brown had a powerful family reason to run for Jewish Care. They wanted to thank the charity for the care their grandmothers received at the charity's Vi and John Rubens home in Redbridge.

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