Community life

Hackney police visit Auschwitz

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

Senior Hackney police officers joined a visit to the Auschwitz death camp site organised by the Charedi community.

Borough commander Chief-Superintendent Steve Bending and head of its safer neighbourhoods unit Chief-Inspector Pete Atkinson also toured Krakow and other sites of Jewish interest.

The trip was one of a series arranged by Chuni Kahan of the Hatzolah volunteer emergency service. “The purpose is to build bridges and understanding between various communities,” he said.

“It was a very moving, fulfilling and emotional trip and has been very productive.”

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Holocaust survivor wins 'unsung hero' award

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

A 90-year-old Holocaust survivor has received an unsung hero award from Jewish Care.

Richard Fisher was honoured at a business lunch at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, which was attended by 700 guests and addressed by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Vienna-born Mr Fisher’s parents died in the Holocaust. He survived seven years in the coal and salt mines of Siberia — and some difficult times after being freed. He attempted to travel to England on several occasions before finally gaining entry in 1951.

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Simon Marks head resigns

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

Simon Marks Primary head Nicole Delamere has resigned. In a letter sent this week, parents of pupils at the Hackney school were informed that she had quit after just a year in charge to “pursue her career in education in a different setting”.

When the head did not return after half term, the school originally claimed she was on “sick leave”.

Deputy head Norma Blair-Clayden has taken over as acting head. Parents have also been notified that year five teacher Rohan Plunkett will be leaving in December.

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Jewish Child's Day forges links with Belarus

November 12, 2009

Jewish Child’s Day is forging closer links with Belarus following a three-day visit to Minsk and Gomel by JCD executive director Daniel Burger.

Mr Burger’s trip, during which he met Jewish leaders, followed the charity’s funding help for the Jewish cultural centre in Minsk.

He also discussed the possibility of future financial commitment with Michael Kemerov, executive director of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. “It was clear that the Belarus Jewish community needs the help and support of JCD.”

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Fight fans support Salita religiously

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

Supporters of religious Jewish boxer Dmitriy Salita are pulling out all the stops to be at ringside when he challenges Amir Khan for the WBA light-welterweight title at Newcastle’s Metro Arena on December 5.

Edgware travel agent Avrom Weisz has organised a trip for 50 Orthodox fans to travel from London after Shabbat. The group will leave by train at 6pm to arrive in good time for the 11pm title bout.

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£25m campus rebuild at Liverpool's King David school

November 12, 2009

A ceremony to launch the £25 million rebuild of Liverpool’s King David campus was held on Tuesday in the presence of Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

The scheme will improve facilities at the high school and relocate the primary and kindergarten sections plus Harold House community centre to the high school’s Childwall site. It is part of the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme, with funding also coming from the King David Foundation.

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Child Nazi refugees reunited with rescuers

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

A meeting at New North London Synagogue in Finchley brought together former child refugees from Nazism and those who rescued Jews during Hitler’s reign.

Marking the 71st anniversary of the Kindertransport to England, the Kindness of Strangers event attracted over 100 people. They included Elizabeth Rosenthal, 82, of Richmond, who was 11 when she arrived here on the Kindertransport.

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Newly merged Manchester charity has £10m budget

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 12, 2009

The major Manchester welfare charity created by the imminent merger of The Fed and Heathlands Care Village is likely to have an annual budget of £10 million, considerably more than the current combined budgets of the two organisations.

Plans for Manchester’s first respite facility for disabled Jewish children and a new social housing strategy were due to be unveiled at last night’s AGM of The Fed at South Manchester Synagogue.

Although revenue has dropped, Fed boss Karen Phillips said the proportion was in line with the fall other charities were experiencing.

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Kelly gives school high marks

November 12, 2009

Former Education Secretary Ruth Kelly stressed the value of faith schools when addressing a dinner in aid of Edgware Jewish Primary at the Marriott Swiss Cottage on Monday.

Before an audience of 250, Mrs Kelly expressed fond recollections of a visit to the school, which she said was led by an exceptional team. Pupils were imbued with a love of Judaism and of secular studies.

“Many people are quick to write off faith schools, yet the Judeo-Christian values taught in faith schools are precisely what underpins all of Western society,” she added.

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Glasgow Jewish cemetery is restored

By Stephanie Brickman, November 12, 2009

Glasgow City Council has contributed £20,000 towards the restoration of the Jewish section of Sandymount cemetery, which is entering its next phase.

The project, costing a total £210,000, began in 2004 in the wake of considerable damage through repeated vandalism. Since then, 20 out of 35 rows of headstones have been restored and laid flat to make upkeep easier.

Donations have been received from all over the world, a number prompted by JC coverage of the project, which is led by London-based Glaswegian Stanley Coorsh, who has many family members buried at Sandymount.

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