Community life

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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Norwood’s Young People’s Focus Group

September 3, 2009

THERE WERE 40 participants in a sports day organised by Norwood’s Young People’s Focus Group at the Leonard Sainer Children and Family Centre in Barkingside. Events included football, cricket, basketball, athletics, crazy golf and short tennis. The day was open to members of Unity, Norwood’s recreational service for children and young people with learning disabilities, and the charity’s respite care service, Buckets and Spades.

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Congregation of Jacob

September 3, 2009

THE CONGREGATION of Jacob has completed repair work to the frontage of its Commercial Road synagogue thanks to a £5,000 grant from the Veolia Environmental Trust. A phased restoration project which started in 2001 has also included work on the ladies’ gallery and the creation of an area for study and communal events. Members have raised over £30,000 towards the improvements.

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Edgware shuls choir

By Jay Grenby, September 3, 2009

An Edgware cross-community male choir is busily rehearsing for its first public performances.

Founder member Stephen Ison says the 20 men and 10 boy ensemble will provide “a sound with a real wow factor”. A joint venture between the Edgware United, Yeshurun and Adath communities, the choir will also be available to sing at other Orthodox synagogues within walking distance. Yeshurun warden Colin Dworkin will be the conductor.

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Shoah survivor dies at 84

August 27, 2009

Scottish MSP Stewart Maxwell has led the tributes to prominent Holocaust survivor Reverend Ernest Levy, who has died at the age of 84.

Mr Levy survived Auschwitz and Belsen. Moving to Scotland in 1961, he was cantor of the Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue. He also wrote movingly about his Shoah experiences.

The MSP recalled him as “remarkable and inspiring. He will be remembered for his educational work but also as a man of great faith and decency.”

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Child bravery to be recognised

August 27, 2009

A new awards programme for Jewish children will be launched by Dame Gail Ronson next week.

Camp Simcha and Jewish Child’s Day will be making the awards to recognise extraordinary achievement, bravery under difficult circumstances, acts of kindness and contribution to the community.

Dame Ronson will be chairing the judging panel, also including JC editor Stephen Pollard, LBC broadcaster Nick Ferrari and Manchester Jewish Federation chief executive Karen Phillips.

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Cross-communal school courts the youth vote

August 27, 2009

In a new departure, potential pupils of the cross-communal Jewish Community Secondary School due to open in Barnet in September 2010 are being sent a mini-prospectus.

The booklet-style guide assures children that JCoSS will not be scary because “everybody will be new, even the teachers. You’ll be there from the beginning, helping to shape the school.”

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