Community life

The Edinburgh Festival comes to synagogue

By Stephanie Brickman, August 27, 2009

The Edinburgh Festival came to the local Hebrew congregation on Sunday when the fourth annual festival open day was staged at the Jewish Community Centre.

One hundred locals and visitors turned up to watch performances and interviews with 40 festival stars with a
Jewish connection.

Entertainment ranged from Time Keepers, an award-winning drama from Israel, to septuagenarian American comedienne Lynn Ruth Miller.

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He's got the world on his plinth

By Jessica Elgot, August 27, 2009

A former JFS geography teacher put his expertise to use to raise £1,200 for children’s charity Camp Simcha when taking his place on Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth last Friday.

Richard Beach, 40, from Radlett, drew a map of the world from memory and offered passers-by in Trafalgar Square the opportunity to have their name on a sponsored location.

“Most people picked special places to them in the UK and Israel, but we did have a few strange ones,” he

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Star King Solomon student faces next test in army

By Robyn Rosen, August 27, 2009

Eran Dotan has achieved a magnificent seven at A- and AS level.

The 18-year-old King Solomon High pupil who commutes from Hendon to the Redbridge school recorded As in A-level maths, physics, chemistry and modern Hebrew, plus As in AS biology, further maths and Spanish.

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JFS pupils make the grade with record A-level results

By Robyn Rosen, August 27, 2009

JFS has reported its best-ever A-level results with 78 of its 226 pupils achieving three or more A grades.

“Results of this calibre owe much to excellent and highly focused teaching, our outstanding home–school relationships and the caring guidance and support every student receives,” JFS head Jonathan Miller said.

Emily Goldblatt achieved five A grades and six others got four — Joshua Bellman, Abie Cohen, Greg Garfield, Mark Graham, Coren Lass and Shelley de Jong.

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Teacher is reinstated

August 27, 2009

The deputy head of Simon Marks Jewish Primary in Stoke Newington has been reinstated following an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

Parents were told last month that Norma Blair had been suspended. Now governors’ chair Peter Kessler has confirmed that Mrs Blair will be back in her deputy’s role for the new academic term. “We are delighted that the children in Mrs Blair’s class will be once again receiving the top quality education that she provides,” he said.

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Rebuilding plan for Golders Green school

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2009

An Orthodox school in Golders Green school is to be rebuilt to increase its capacity.

The privately run Talmud Torah Tiferes Shlomo in Elmcroft Crescent currently educates 148 boys aged between three and seven but is struggling to accommodate them in its run-down prefabricated buildings.

New classrooms will enable it to cater for 210 pupils. They will be built around an open courtyard with a second courtyard serving as a playground.

Rooftop play areas will also be created, with fencing and vegetation around the premises.

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GCSE results delight education chiefs

By Robyn Rosen, August 27, 2009

Early GCSE results included a perfect performance from students at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green, who all achieved A-star standard in Jewish studies.

Education manager Judy Trotter was “absolutely thrilled. Some took the exam early so it is great news. I saw how hard these kids worked and how nervous they were beforehand so it’s not fair to say exams are getting easier.”

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Tributes to brave Leora

August 27, 2009

Manchester mother-of-three Leora Kuhillow has lost her battle against leukaemia after an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant.

Tributes to the courage and fortitude shown by the 33-year-old in the eight months since being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia were paid at the funeral at Failsworth cemetery last Friday, which was attended by hundreds of family and friends.

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Why Elvis went back on the road

By Jay Grenby, August 21, 2009

Elvis impersonator Martyn Dias starred this week in probably the first-ever Elvis tribute concert given on a British motorway.

Mr Dias, who performs as Elvis Schmelvis, hit traffic problems returning to St Albans from a commemorative street party outside Elvisly Yours, the memorabilia shop in Baker Street owned by Radlett Jewish community member Sid Shaw.

Stuck in a massive tailback with fellow tribute artist Elvince after an accident had closed both carriageways of the M1, the duo decided to brighten the day for fellow motorists.

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Interest rockets in Jewish Care vacancies

By Robyn Rosen, August 21, 2009

Jewish Care is experiencing a massive upsurge in job applications as the recession forces more people back on to the employment market.

The health and social care charity claims a 1,600 per cent increase in responses from job seekers.
Recruitment drives normally attract 100 to 200 applications. This year, there have been 2,000 inquiries for 43 positions in the care sector.

Jewish Care director of human resources Diane Blausten has been overwhelmed by the interest. “We have been inundated with inquiries and have received some very high calibre applications,” she reported.

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