Community life

Nursery is blossoming

April 2, 2009

A new Borehamwood Jewish nursery is proving so popular that it is already over-subscribed for the September term.

Run by mother-of-two Rivka Bicks and her sister-in-law Louise Bicks, Little Bicks is based at Federation synagogue Ohr Yisrael. It is about to offer full day care during term time and the Bicks are looking to run a summer scheme, in response to parental demand.

“We have only been open for two months, but the response has been phenomenal,” Rivka Bicks said. “We are just delighted to be able to help ease parents’ worries about their childcare.”

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Norwood at most appealing as it highlights family help

April 2, 2009

How Norwood has helped boys with severe autism and learning disabilities and their families is showcased in the charity’s direct mail Pesach appeal, which has a £90,000 target.

Daniel, Mark and Paul are eight-year-old triplets. Mark and Paul were diagnosed four years ago. Their parents now rely on the one weekend a month the boys stay at Norwood respite care home Buckets & Spades Lodge for a break and the chance to spend time with their other children.

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Swim pair are a civic splash hit

April 2, 2009

Sisters who raised over £23,000 for charities by swimming the equivalent of the English Channel at a Borehamwood pool were among those honoured for their contributions to the community at Hertsmere Council’s civic dinner on Saturday.

Dani Jacobson arranged the swim to mark her batmitzvah — and to thank organisations which had supported her elder sister Talya, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Dani was subsequently invited to a Buckingham Palace Garden party to mark Blue Peter’s 50th birthday where she met the Queen and received a jubilee edition of the famous Blue Peter badge.

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Site search for West End kosher brasserie

By James Martin, April 2, 2009

Kosher restaurateur and caterer Kenny Arfin intends to open a “New York-style brasserie” in the West End by the end of the year.

Mr Arfin, 55, who runs The Restaurant at Bevis Marks in the City of London, hopes to have found premises by the autumn.

“I’m looking to purchase a site in the West End,” he said this week. “But it needs to be the right size and at the right price so I’m biding my time.”

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£2m Leeds unit opens

By John Fisher, April 2, 2009

Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall is opening a £2.2 million unit for dementia sufferers on time and on budget despite the original builders having gone into administration.

The three-storey 21-bed Woodlands unit, due to take in residents at the end of April, offers specialised care and modern facilities. It is currently available for public viewing.

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Liberal VIP at United induction ceremony

By Ben Jaglom, April 2, 2009

Hornsey and Wood Green Liberal MP Lynne Featherstone was among over 150 Highgate Synagogue members and guests at the induction of Rabbi Nicky Liss on Shabbat.

Rabbi Liss, 33, said the day was one of the proudest of his life. “It was an incredible occasion and my family flew in from all over the world to witness the induction.” The involvement of Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks had been “an inspiration to me and many members of the synagogue told me they felt touched by the occasion”.

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Impassioned Burchill lights up Limmud

By Yael Breuer, April 2, 2009

Julie Burchill choked with emotion as she spoke about her affinity to Jews and Israel during Sunday’s Brighton Limmud, held at Roedean School on the seafront.

More than 100 of the 600 capacity crowd heard the controversial writer describe herself as “philo-semitic”. She recalled watching The World At War TV series as a young girl and mistakenly believing that the Israeli tanks filmed during the Six-Day War were on their way to rescue Jews in Auschwitz.

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Agudas home help in Barnet

By James Martin, April 2, 2009

New subsidised housing for north-west London’s Orthodox community could be available within two years.

The Agudas Israel Housing Association, which administers assisted housing schemes in Hackney and Haringey, wants to develop 13 units, including maisonettes and flats, in Barnet.

They are part of a planning application from Metro Construction, which is also seeking Barnet Council approval to develop the former Carmelite monastery in Bridge Lane, Golders Green, into 29 apartments and five detached houses.

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Wax works for MDA

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 2, 2009

“Everyone’s been hit by the credit crunch,” Ruby Wax told 365 Magen David Adom supporters last Wednesday. “I have little money, which is why I’m in Manchester.”

But to the delight of MDA leaders, the dinner addressed by the comedienne raised a recession-busting £250,000-plus.

The attraction of Ms Wax — who admitted that she had never heard of the charity before being asked to speak — doubled the attendance of last year’s MDA Manchester dinner.

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Lieberman’s policies spark Seder riposte

By Simon Rocker, April 2, 2009

Concerns over the results of Israel’s recent elections have prompted the distribution of over 2,000 copies of special readings for Seder night to Progressive Zionists.

Noa Marom, emissary for the Liberal youth movement, LJY-Netzer, said that the insert for the Haggadah was triggered in particular by the “questionable platform” of the nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party led by new Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

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