Community life

Teacher is reinstated

August 27, 2009

The deputy head of Simon Marks Jewish Primary in Stoke Newington has been reinstated following an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

Parents were told last month that Norma Blair had been suspended. Now governors’ chair Peter Kessler has confirmed that Mrs Blair will be back in her deputy’s role for the new academic term. “We are delighted that the children in Mrs Blair’s class will be once again receiving the top quality education that she provides,” he said.

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Rebuilding plan for Golders Green school

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2009

An Orthodox school in Golders Green school is to be rebuilt to increase its capacity.

The privately run Talmud Torah Tiferes Shlomo in Elmcroft Crescent currently educates 148 boys aged between three and seven but is struggling to accommodate them in its run-down prefabricated buildings.

New classrooms will enable it to cater for 210 pupils. They will be built around an open courtyard with a second courtyard serving as a playground.

Rooftop play areas will also be created, with fencing and vegetation around the premises.

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GCSE results delight education chiefs

By Robyn Rosen, August 27, 2009

Early GCSE results included a perfect performance from students at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green, who all achieved A-star standard in Jewish studies.

Education manager Judy Trotter was “absolutely thrilled. Some took the exam early so it is great news. I saw how hard these kids worked and how nervous they were beforehand so it’s not fair to say exams are getting easier.”

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Tributes to brave Leora

August 27, 2009

Manchester mother-of-three Leora Kuhillow has lost her battle against leukaemia after an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant.

Tributes to the courage and fortitude shown by the 33-year-old in the eight months since being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia were paid at the funeral at Failsworth cemetery last Friday, which was attended by hundreds of family and friends.

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Why Elvis went back on the road

By Jay Grenby, August 21, 2009

Elvis impersonator Martyn Dias starred this week in probably the first-ever Elvis tribute concert given on a British motorway.

Mr Dias, who performs as Elvis Schmelvis, hit traffic problems returning to St Albans from a commemorative street party outside Elvisly Yours, the memorabilia shop in Baker Street owned by Radlett Jewish community member Sid Shaw.

Stuck in a massive tailback with fellow tribute artist Elvince after an accident had closed both carriageways of the M1, the duo decided to brighten the day for fellow motorists.

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Interest rockets in Jewish Care vacancies

By Robyn Rosen, August 21, 2009

Jewish Care is experiencing a massive upsurge in job applications as the recession forces more people back on to the employment market.

The health and social care charity claims a 1,600 per cent increase in responses from job seekers.
Recruitment drives normally attract 100 to 200 applications. This year, there have been 2,000 inquiries for 43 positions in the care sector.

Jewish Care director of human resources Diane Blausten has been overwhelmed by the interest. “We have been inundated with inquiries and have received some very high calibre applications,” she reported.

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Borehamwood nursery gets good marks from Ofsted

August 20, 2009

Borehamwood’s only all-day Jewish nursery school has followed its first academic year with an encouraging Ofsted report.

Ofsted rated Little Bicks highly in most areas and head Rivka Bick was pleased that the nursery was praised for offering “a high level of care and education”.

The report singled out the committed and well-qualified staff, who “responded promptly and appropriately to the children’s individual needs, providing a range of stimulating activities backed up through real life experiences such as day trips to areas of interest in the community”.

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Ethopian children twinned at Jerusalem shul

August 20, 2009

Forty Ethiopian immigrant children from a Jewish Agency absorption centre celebrated their bar- and batmitzvahs in the company of eight UK “twins” at Jerusalem’s Yeshurun Synagogue.

The Ethiopian bar- and batmitzvah programme is among those supported by UJIA to assist the immigrants’ integration into Israeli society and to link British Jewry with communities in Israel. Both sets of youngsters learned about each other’s culture and heritage and were encouraged to correspond through emails and, in some cases, personal visits.

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Family of cancer man raise £2m for centre

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2009

A multi-million pound cancer diagnosis centre has been opened at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea in memory of music industry executive and cancer victim Raz Gold.

Mr Gold, who held senior posts at EMI and Warner, died in 2005 at the age of 39. Since then relatives including former Spurs vice-chairman Paul Kemsley have raised £3 million for the Raz Gold Foundation, of which £2 million has been put towards a rapid diagnostic and assessment centre at the Royal Marsden.

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Yiddish speaks to a wide audience

By Katharine Hamer, August 20, 2009

There are said to be fewer than a million Yiddish speakers in the world today. But judging by the response to an intensive course at the University of London, there is no lack of interest in keeping the language alive.

Forty-three participants from across Britain and Europe took part in this year’s Ot Azoy programme, run by the Jewish Music Institute. For six days, students at all levels took classes in Yiddish language, song, drama, history and film. By the end, even the absolute beginners had acquired a decent grounding.

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