Community life

Husband keeps it in the family

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

Jonelle Roback was ready to run, the 45-year-old having prepared for months in her quest to prove that someone with Multiple sclerosis can complete a marathon.

But at the end of December, her hopes were shattered when a change of medication led to a relapse.

"My neurologist gave me the devastating news that I wasn't to push my body at all and to withdraw from the marathon," she recalled.

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London Marathon: Camp Simcha cashes in from big race

April 30, 2015

Camp Simcha's work with children with serious illness and their families has benefited by £16,000 as a result of its marathon squad.

Michael Jaeger, Jonny Phillips, Dalia Davis, Shlomi Rokach, Edward Tricker, Jonathan Taieb and David Rosenthal recorded times ranging from 3:30 to 5:49.

Mr Phillips was the quickest, on his fourth marathon for the charity.

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London Marathon: Oldest runner goes under the Hammers

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

Not many marathon men get to do their training with Premier League stars. But then 90-year-old Paul Freedman is not your average marathon entrant.

Once again the oldest participant this year, the West Ham fan spent a morning working out with the team in advance of his 24th London Marathon.

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London Marathon: Keeping Chris Evans in his sights

April 30, 2015

Norwood put out the biggest communal marathon team, which raised £80,000 for the children and families charity.

It included one of the youngest entrants, 19-year-old Noah Lachs, a student at Lincoln College, Oxford, whose friend's sister was supported by Norwood.

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London Marathon: Chai life on the roads

April 30, 2015

Chai runner Mitchell Kalischer, who finished in 5:04 and earned around £2,500 in sponsorship, took part in memory of Bernice Cowan, a close family friend. "She passed away a few years ago having battled with cancer for many years. She was a remarkable woman." Deborah Goldman, another Chai entrant, finished in 5:04 and raised over £2,600. "I was proud to run for Chai," she said.

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London Marathon: They did it all for their well cared-for grandmas

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

Richard Bernstein and Darren Brown had a powerful family reason to run for Jewish Care. They wanted to thank the charity for the care their grandmothers received at the charity's Vi and John Rubens home in Redbridge.

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Housing is hot hustings topic

April 23, 2015

The Leeds Jewish Housing Association chair has warned a Tory general election candidate that the Conservatives' commitment to giving housing association tenants the right to buy would be "the death knell for small housing associations".

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5,000 join a tribute to Shoah victims

By Marcus Dysch, April 23, 2015

The Allianz Park stadium in Hendon is more accustomed to noisy crowds cheering on the Saracens rugby union team. But amid grey clouds and blustery winds on Sunday, it was transformed into a place of solemn tribute.

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Dimbleby Belsen report was almost silenced

By Angela Epstein, April 23, 2015

Broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby told the audience at Manchester's Yom Hashoah ceremony that the BBC had not wanted to transmit his father's harrowing report from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

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Failing Chasidic school improves

By Simon Rocker, April 23, 2015

A North London Chasidic boys' school under threat of closure has been reprieved by the Department for Education

Talmud Torah Chaim Meirim Wiznitz, which is run by the Vishnitz Chasidim, had been criticised last year, in particular for failing to meet safety and welfare regulations.

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