Community life

Legal challenge to Stamford Hill homes quashed

By Robyn Rosen, August 20, 2009

The Agudas Israel Housing Association is celebrating the defeat of a legal challenge to a building project for Orthodox families in Stamford Hill.

In the High Court last Friday, Mr Justice Duncan Ouseley rejected an application from local residents for a judicial review of Hackney Council’s approval of plans to redevelop the former Avigdor School site in Lordship Road into a special needs school and 29 residential units.

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Wiping the slate clean on Mersey

By Cathy Forman, August 20, 2009

A fundraising drive to repair the roof at Liverpool’s Old Hebrew Congregation has got off to a flying start.
As a condition of a £160,000 English Heritage grant in the spring, members of the Grade I listed Victorian synagogue had to raise a further £20,000.
Synagogue project director Alaster Burman then came up with the idea of bringing in the money by the sale of 2,000 slates at £10 apiece.

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Charity relief for the Jews of Moldova

By Robyn Rosen, August 20, 2009

A British charity worker has just returned from setting up a scheme to help unemployed Jews in poverty-torn Moldova.

World Jewish Relief programmes manager Cassie Williams said the Golders Green-based charity has pledged £50,000 over the next year to help single Jewish women improve both their job prospects and confidence.

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Doctor’s site is a tonic for shul

By Jay Grenby, August 13, 2009

The independent Edgware Sephardi Congregation has approved a proposal to convert a former doctor’s surgery in Edgwarebury Lane into a synagogue — its first permanent home in its 15-year existence.

Members’ backing of the plan at an EGM was the final stage of a process which began 18 months ago when the 50-family congregation decided that their rented Hale Lane meeting place was unsuitable on grounds of space and access.

A generous private loan enabled the community to purchase the vacant surgery in the face of stiff competition.

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Vote winner

August 13, 2009

Rochford and Southend East MP James Duddridge has praised the standards at Jewish Care’s Raymond House home and Southend and Westcliff Jewish Community Centre.

Mr Duddridge toured both premises and was complimentary about “the high level of support. I was very impressed by the high standards at Raymond House, not only for care but also for the commitment to uphold the Jewish heritage of residents.”

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School expansion cash

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 13, 2009

A £500,000 grant will facilitate the completion of a major building project at Broughton Jewish Primary to add a new floor and hall to the premises.

The Salford school, which has a growing pupil population, received another local authority grant last September to begin a two-phase expansion with ground floor classrooms and a refurbished entrance area. Now a second floor of classrooms will be added over its single-storey entrance building. A small hall will also be a much needed addition, according to governor Leonard Seitler.

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Taking the plinth for charity

By Robyn Rosen, August 13, 2009

A London teacher is using her hour on Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square to raise money for a charity launched in memory of a young Jewish leukaemia sufferer.

During her time on the plinth next Wednesday, Liz Mendes will release balloons sponsored by viewers of her donation website.

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Preserving heritage

By Cecily Woolf, Brighton, August 13, 2009

English Heritage architect Robin Nugent reported on the essential repairs being carried out at Brighton’s historic Middle Street Synagogue at the Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation AGM.

A £317,000 English Heritage grant is funding work on the Grade II-star property, whose interior was described by Mr Nugent as “the finest in Brighton with the exception of the Royal Pavilion”.

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Residents fight special needs development

By Robyn Rosen, August 13, 2009

Campaigners against the building of a new development for Orthodox families in Stamford Hill will learn today if they can appeal against the plans.

Hackney Council last year approved proposals to redevelop the former Avigdor School site in Lordship Road into a new special needs school and nursery and 29 residential units for Orthodox families.

But hundreds of local residents have opposed the scheme and more than 30 turned up at the High Court last Friday to apply for a judicial review against the council’s decision.

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Voluntary contributors

August 13, 2009

Winners of Redbridge Jewish Community Centre’s annual volunteer awards included centre stalwarts Claire and Ivor Baylin.

The Baylins have volunteered at RJCC for 10 years and are heavily involved in its daily life.

Mrs Baylin welcomes people at the door and helps out in the dining room.

Her husband runs bowls and the centre’s afternoon quiz. At this year’s Purim show, she dressed as a cheerleader, while he became a snake charmer for the afternoon.

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