Community life

JLC retracts new Jewish school in Borehamwood

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

An announcement of a new Jewish school opening in Borehamwood in September 2011 has been mysteriously retracted by the Jewish Leadership Council.

Parents in Borehamwood have been campaigning to establish another school because of the oversubscription of Hertsmere Jewish Primary.

An email was circulated on May 3 to those registered with the JLC's findajewishschool website on the subject: "Plans for a new school in Borehamwood for Sep 2011."

It said the JLC "hope to bring news, in the next week or so, of a plan to open a new school in the Borehamwood area for September 2011".

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Glasgow synagogue concern over Masorti

By Stephanie Brickman, May 13, 2010

Concerns over the leasing of a room to Masorti Scotland at Garnethill's iconic Glasgow synagogue were voiced at an emergency meeting of the Garnethill congregation on Sunday.

The meeting - primarily to discuss the future of the struggling community - attracted half the 120 members, a turnout which delighted co-chair Gerald Lavin.

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Jewish family terrorised by gang

May 13, 2010

A Jewish couple and five of their children were terrorised by a gang of three men armed with a hammer and a screwdriver who broke into their north-west London home last October, a court has heard.

But one of the family managed to hide and raised the alarm. Police arrived within five minutes and captured one gang member.

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Liverpool's Harold House shutdown

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 13, 2010

A Liverpool community meeting on Sunday will hear the background to the closure of Harold House.

The decision to close the centre, the heart of communal activities since 1951, was made in the light of rocketing running costs of £100,000.

Sam Beilin, chairman of the charity which owns Harold House, says it was a drain on communal funds.

"There will be excellent facilities on the new King David campus with effect from next year. We hope the groups that are leaving Harold House will make use of that campus in the future"

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Labour takes control of Enfield council

May 13, 2010

Bucking the national trend, Labour took control of Enfield Council from the Conservatives.

And among the Labour victors was new councillor Derek Levy in Southbury, whose tally of 2,446 saw off the closest Tory candidate by 80 votes.

For Tory councillor and Jewish Care worker Jon Kaye, the Enfield result was not the only unwelcome election surprise. Posting a leaflet through a letterbox, his finger was bitten by a dog. "A Labour supporting dog," he reflected, "but it was a shock".

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New president for Manchester Rep Council

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 13, 2010

Lucille Cohen has taken over the presidency of Manchester Jewish Representative Council. The former Zionist Central Council president from Altrincham wants to introduce a "new interactive spirit" so the community can better understood its work.

In her inaugural speech to Sunday's council meeting, Mrs Cohen, 54, said Manchester Jewry was facing "increasingly challenging times. The security of the community, our children and students on campus is paramount," she said, referring to violent protests against deputy Israeli envoy Talya Lador-Fresher at Manchester University.

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Jewish grandmother is mayor of Hertsmere

May 13, 2010

Grandmother Linda Silver, who has been involved in local politics for 36 years, will next week take office as the Mayor of Hertsmere.

The Bushey and District Synagogue member was elected as a Hertsmere councillor in 1974 and has been a Tory whip in Hertsmere and an adviser to the Conservative group on Brent Council.

Her mayoral charities will be Jewish mental health support organisation Jami and Help for Heroes, in memory of her father, who served as a colonel in the Royal Engineers.

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Heathlands boss to quit

May 13, 2010

The chief executive of Manchester care home Heathlands is to stand down.

Janet Lewis had become the deputy chief executive of the Federation of Jewish Services, formed by the merger of Heathlands with welfare charity, The Fed. She will be moving to Cornwall, where her husband is taking up a university placement.

She said Heathlands had "developed massively" in her five years at its helm. "It feels strange to have brought Heathlands to the point of merger and yet not be here to witness the changes ahead."

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Boris Johnson at sell-out Wizo event

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

London mayor Boris Johnson expressed his admiration of Israel to a sell-out audience of 350 Wizo supporters in central London on Tuesday night.

At a dinner raising more than £300,000 to refurbish the Pheobe Welcome Leon Day Care Centre for vulnerable families in Jerusalem, Mr Johnson said: "There are many things I admire profoundly about Israel. Its amazing 'can do' spirit, its high tech industry, its incredible entrepreneurial flair, its avocados and its talented entrants to the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Rosh Pinah under fire over admissions

By Simon Rocker, May 13, 2010

Barnet Council has received complaints over admissions to the nursery of Rosh Pinah School in Edgware for September.

The JC has been unable to confirm the reasons for the objections although one local parent claimed that the two-form entry school had failed to abide by its admissions rules. Governors' chair Barbara Hotz was unavailable for comment despite repeated requests.

A council spokesman said: "We have received a few complaints from parents applying for places at Rosh Pinah Nursery School. We are working closely with the school to support them with their admission arrangements."

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