Community life

Orthodox girls' school is ordered to close

By Robyn Rosen, March 11, 2010

Hackney Council has ordered the closure of a 260-pupil strictly Orthodox girls' school in Stamford Hill.

The council has issued an enforcement notice against Beis Trana School in Upper Clapton Road, giving it until August to stop using the school and play area and to remove play equipment and portacabins.


Simon Marks Primary School searches for fourth head

By Robyn Rosen, March 11, 2010

Simon Marks Primary School in Hackney is searching for a "charismatic" head, who will be its fourth in a short timespan.

Norma Blair-Clayden took over as acting head in November after Nicole Delamere resigned after only a year in charge.

Chair of governors Howard Pallis declined to comment on the job search, Mrs Blair-Clayden's position, or the factors behind the high turnover of head teachers.


WJR sends water tanks to Haiti

March 11, 2010

Water tanks for displaced persons camps in Port-au-Prince have been provided by World Jewish Relief with the £500,000 raised to date by its Haiti emergency appeal.

The earthquake had a seriously damaging effect on water and sanitation arrangements and the charity says
the tanks will benefit hundreds of families.

WJR last month announced a partnership with Merlin, a UK-based international aid agency, to help establish health clinics in the devastated areas and is looking to recruit UK Jews to assist the medical and other projects on six-month placements.


Missing Kisharon boy found in Paddington

March 11, 2010

An 18-year-old Kisharon Day School pupil with severe autism who went on the run after scaling an eight-foot fence was found safe and well on Monday evening.

Yossi turned up at a drop-in centre in Paddington six hours after his disappearance in Golders Green. Staff contacted the police, who brought him home, accompanied by his Kisharon support worker.

There had previously been an unconfirmed sighting of Yossi at Tesco in Brent Cross.


Manchester Jewish youth club set for opening

March 11, 2010

New south Manchester Jewish youth club the Hub intends to open in a blaze of colour on Sunday week.

Its first activity for members will be painting murals for the 8,000 square foot facility in a style of their choosing, symbolising that the membership will dictate the club's direction.

Six months of planning and a £25,000 outlay on building work and equipment for the former snooker hall on Moss Lane in Hale has provided "a superb interactive space" for 11-to-18-year-olds, said Hub youth worker Marc Fink.


Masorti debates female rabbis

By Simon Rocker, March 11, 2010

Masorti rabbis debated how far the movement should embrace egalitarianism at a study day attended by 250 people at the New North London Synagogue in Finchley.

The participants included 90 guests from Europe, Israel and the United States who had come to the UK for the second Masorti Europe conference.


Stamford Hill couple attacked by burglars

By Leon Symons, March 11, 2010

A Stamford Hill couple were attacked and tied up by a gang of burglars who broke into their home in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

It is believed the five-strong gang entered the Castlewood Road property through an unsecured window.

They woke the couple, who are in their early thirties. Their children were asleep in other rooms.

After tying them up and assaulting them, the gang took the keys to the husband's office in Clapton Common but failed to open it. They otherwise fled the house empty-handed.


Chief Rabbi celebrates Scottish congregations

By Stephanie Brickman, March 11, 2010

Lord Sacks was in Glasgow at the weekend for a double celebration - the 75th anniversary of Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue and the induction of Rabbi Danny Bergson at Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation.

At Giffnock, the Chief Rabbi spoke on how declining communities could embrace the future positively, emphasising the importance of maintaining Orthodox practice.


Sephardi beth Din ban female candidate

By Simon Rocker, March 11, 2010

A woman has been told by the Sephardi Beth Din that Jewish law prevents her standing for election to the mahamad (executive) of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation later this month.

Doris Osen is "frustrated and furious" at being denied the chance to become the first woman to serve on the executive of Britain's oldest synagogue body.


Radlett shul members climb Kilimanjaro

By Jay Grenby, March 11, 2010

Three Radlett United Synagogue members have climbed Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest mountain at 5,895 metres - to raise funds for their shul's new extension.

Leader David Brooks and fellow Radlett members and fortysomethings Tony Moss and Perry Sugarman were accompanied by Mr Brooks' brother Paul and his friend Nik Harta.

A highlight of their 10-day challenge was a Friday night kiddush which, said David Brooks, "gave us a real sense of unity and focused our thoughts".