Community life

JCoSS: 'It will do exactly what it says on the tin'

By Robyn Rosen, September 10, 2009

True to his key promotional role for the Jewish Community Secondary School, JCoSS head Jeremy Stowe-Lindner happily adopts a famous advertising phrase to encapsulate his hopes for the £50 million project.

Speaking one year ahead of the opening of the cross-communal school in Westbrook Crescent, Barnet, Mr Stowe-Lindner, 35, opines that JCoSS will “do exactly what it says on the tin.

“What we’re trying to do is create an inclusive, outstanding school in a nurturing environment and we can build that from nothing.”

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Scottish welfare target

September 10, 2009

Jewish Care Scotland hopes to raise £60,000 from its Rosh Hashanah appeal to help it maintain assistance to over 500 clients.

JCS chair Maureen Solomons said: “It is essential that we raise enough to ensure we can continue to deliver the care and support we know people want. Donations will help fund the professional social work team, including those with specialist knowledge in debt management, family problems and care in the community for older people.”

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Hard-up students aided

By Chloe Markowicz, September 10, 2009

A charity supporting Jewish students in financial difficulty has made a record number of disbursements this year as the recession bites.

The Finnart House School Trust has awarded scholarships totalling over £180,000 to 30 students starting at universities including Oxford, Manchester and UCL this autumn.

Clerk to the trustees Peter Shaw said that although the awards were based on need, students had to prove they were capable of completing their degrees.

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'Modern approach' to mental health is hailed

September 10, 2009

Opening the £2.2 million Martin B Cohen Centre for Wellbeing in Edgware, Jewish Care president Lord Levy said it would provide the “modern approach that is needed in the community” to mental health issues.

The two-storey centre will offer a range of services which will also be available to Jews with mental health problems who are clients of other charities. Features include a drop-in cafe, IT suite, counselling and training rooms and a kitchen where users will receive cookery instruction.

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Charity Commission warns Cardiff home

By Simon Rocker, September 10, 2009

The only Jewish old age home in Wales has been told it must do more to publicise help for people unable to pay its fees if it is to remain a charity.

Penylan House in Cardiff was informed by the Charity Commission that it had failed to meet the legal requirement to provide “public benefit”.

In a report on the home, the commission noted “the lack of clear information that assistance may be available for those who cannot afford the fees”.

It also found “the absence of a clear, budgeted plan of targeted assistance to help in cases where top-up fees cannot be afforded”.

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Manchester King David aims to avoid points entry system

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 10, 2009

Admissions to Manchester’s King David schools in 2010 will depend upon synagogue affiliation, rather than attendance at services.

Governors’ chair Joshua Rowe believes the “points for observance” entry policy announced by JFS following a Court of Appeal ruling in June is “too cumbersome. We want to keep it as unintrusive and as transparent as possible. Instead of using a birth test for being Jewish or not being Jewish, we are using affiliation to a synagogue for admissions.”

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Hulks make an incredible splash

By Robyn Rosen, September 10, 2009

An investment banker made a splash at the weekend by going out in green body paint and ripped clothes to row 22 miles for charity dressed as the Incredible Hulk.

Dan Shooter, 30, steered his team to a respectable showing in the Great River Race from London Docklands to Ham in Richmond, finishing in two hours 42 minutes.

Mr Shooter, who had rowed only once before, was joined by former Watford Grammar School pals Anthony Flaum and Alec Parkinson and eight friends from his Nottingham University days.

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Primary chair 'forced out over JCoSS'

By Simon Rocker, September 10, 2009

The chairman of Simon Marks Jewish Primary in Hackney has been forced to step down because, he claims, of his support for linking it with the new cross-communal Jewish Community Secondary School.

Simon Marks’s foundation body, the Scopus Jewish Educational Trust, has confirmed its decision not to reappoint Peter Kessler as a foundation governor after his three-year term expired.

He attributed the trust’s action to his backing for making Simon Marks a feeder for JCoSS, which is due to open in East Barnet next September.

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Gary Elester new co-ordinator of Jewish Care’s Singular Challenge

September 3, 2009

GARY ELSTER is the new co-ordinator of Jewish Care’s Singular Challenge, a support group for the recently divorced or separated, replacing Frances Harris. The group meets weekly and has regular guest speakers on related issues such as dealing with children and financial and legal matters.

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Annual bike ride through Rajasthan for Norwood

September 3, 2009

A CYCLIST’S campaign to raise £8,500 for Norwood through the charity’s annual bike ride through Rajasthan got off to a flying start at a ladies’ only bingo evening. Rocki Ezekiel, who took up cycling at the age of 46, will be pounding the pedals from the Taj Mahal to Jaipur in November, along with husband Sas, who rides tandem with a Ravenswood resident. The bingo session raised more than £600.

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