Community life

New memorial to Shoah hero

By Ben Jaglom, June 4, 2009

A garden honouring the late MI6 agent who helped thousands of Jews to flee Nazi Germany was opened at Finchley’s Sternberg Centre on Sunday in the presence of Cherie Blair.

Frank Foley worked as a passport control officer at the British Embassy in Berlin as a cover for his spying activities. As well as favourably interpreting the rules on visas, he helped to forge passports and even sheltered Jews in his own home.

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Charity climber is off to a sticky start

June 4, 2009

Paul Albert chose some sticky conditions in Romford Market to prepare for his fundraising climb of Mount Kilimanjaro next week.

He sat in a bath of rice pudding from 10.30am-3pm to raise almost £600 for the local St Francis Hospice, which cared for his grandfather Harry Cohen in the final weeks of his life.

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Survivors’ big day in Parliament

June 4, 2009

A group of Holocaust survivors spent Wednesday at the heart of government.

Survivor Roman Halter wrote to Gordon Brown at the end of last year asking if it would be possible for him and his colleagues from the Survivors’ Centre in Hendon to visit Parliament.

As part of a programme co-ordinated with the Holocaust Educational Trust, MP Ian Austin escorted 19 survivors around the House of Commons.

In the most dramatic of political weeks, the group also watched Prime Minister’s Questions, took tea with Hendon MP Andrew Dismore and were given a tour of Downing Street.

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Charity cyclist tragedy

By James Martin, June 4, 2009

A north London solicitor died on Sunday after collapsing when cycling with friends near Potters Bar.

Hadley Wood father-of-three Steven Kenton, 58, was a keen cyclist who had completed many charity bike rides and a sponsored Mount Everest Base Camp trek. He was a “committed fundraiser” for children and families charity Norwood.

Mr Kenton’s eldest daughter, Elana, 28, said he “always gave to others. He was very active in the North London Hospice and would always volunteer to draft wills for free for the residents there.”

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Security force launches patrols of Charedi areas

By Leon Symons, June 4, 2009

A controversial American-style security organisation has begun regular patrols in London’s biggest strictly Orthodox communities.

Based on the Shomrim (guards) of New York, the privately funded service covers the Hendon/Golders Green and Stamford Hill areas through two independent arms — North-West London Community Patrol and Stamford Hill Safety Rescue and Patrol. Shomrim claims it has been set up “because the community feels unsafe due to a spike in street attacks and robberies over the last couple of years”.

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Lofty ambition to clarify extension rules

By James Martin, Haringey, May 28, 2009

Haringey’s strictly Orthodox community is being consulted over new guidelines clarifying the council’s position on loft extensions.

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Chai raises awareness at the double

May 27, 2009

Chai Cancer Care enjoyed a long distance double with the formal opening of its Manchester satellite service staged on the same day as a dinner in its honour hosted by Barnet Mayor Councillor John Marshall. Held at Middlesex University, the dinner marked the end of the mayor’s charity appeal year, for which Chai is one of two beneficiaries.

The Manchester service is in partnership with The Fed and Heathlands and over 200 people were at the launch to hear Dr Jeremy Nathan compliment Chai on its services and explain why carers needed equal support.

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Liverpool fills rabbinical void

By Cathy Forman, May 27, 2009

Swiss-born Israeli Mani Pollak, 28, is to fill the longstanding rabbinical vacancy at Liverpool’s Allerton Hebrew Congregation in September.

Having recently completed his rabbinical training, the minister hopes to graduate with a social work degree this summer from the Hebrew University. His American-born wife Yaffa, also 28, holds a degree in logistics and economics from Bar-Ilan University and has youth leadership experience in Israel and Ukraine. They have two young children and are expecting another child in August.

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Affordable housing scheme in Stamford Hill will

By James Martin, May 27, 2009

An affordable housing scheme in Stamford Hill will take in 15 Orthodox families over the next week or so, with another nearby project set to provide a further 15 homes in the autumn.

Jewish housing association the Industrial Dwellings Society (IDS) purchased 20 of the total 300 units from Taylor Wimpey at Latham’s Yard in Clapton in 2002 with the support of a £3 million Housing Corporation grant. As well as maisonettes intended for families with a number of children, the properties include five single-bedroom flats which are ready for occupation.

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Marjorie Ziff: Birthday gift of £16m

May 27, 2009

Leeds benefactor Marjorie Ziff celebrated her 80th birthday on Tuesday by opening a £16 million Leeds University building which bears her name and that of her late husband Arnold.

The Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Charitable Foundation is a major funder of the administrative building, located at the main entrance to the campus. Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks was among a host of dignitaries at the opening, paying tribute to the Ziff family’s generous support for Jewish and other causes.

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