Community life

Council approves Borehamwood eruv

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

An eruv will be built in Borehamwood in a “matter of weeks” after Hertsmere’s planning committee unanimously backed an amended application.

Although the original application was approved in 2007, changes have been made to 21 of the 34 pole locations and one new pole site has been added.

“This has been needed in the community for a long time,” said Ebor Eruv Campaign trustee David Freedman. “I’m very pleased we’ve managed to secure what we wanted.”


Crouch End chavurah celebrates birthday

November 5, 2009

A non-Orthodox chavurah in Crouch End, north London, is celebrating its first birthday.

The group holds services and dinners and attracted over 50 people to a Seder. More than 30 families and a number of individuals are now involved and other activities include Hebrew classes for children. “It is amazing how many Jews there are in Crouch End who seem excited by our presence,” said founder member Karen Goldstone.


Yavneh deputy head leaves

By Leon Symons, November 5, 2009

The deputy head of Yavneh College in Borehamwood is leaving to head a new academy school in Essex.

Matthew Slater joined Yavneh in 2005, a year before it opened, and has been instrumental in overseeing most of the building work that has transformed it into a state-of-the-art school.

He is leaving at the end of this term to become principal of Drapers’ Academy in Harold Hill, a project similar to Yavneh in that the new school will be developed from existing buildings.


Israeli emissary to Leeds will encourge 'stronger links'

By Hayden Cohen, November 5, 2009

Jerusalem teacher Gilad Amit is Leeds’ new community emissary.

Mr Amit, 33, aims to encourage “a stronger bond to Israel, Zionism and Jewish identity through charity work, teaching Hebrew and Israeli-themed events.”

Leeds Jewish Cultural and Resource Centre project manager Helen Frais said he had made an immediate impression. “Gilad has already met lots of people from the community. He’s here to help people find out more about Israel and opportunities to get there, including aliyah and ulpan. He is a very open and friendly guy.”


Norwood easy riders

November 5, 2009

Over two dozen saddle-sore cyclists have raised over £60,000 for Norwood from a 400km bike ride in Israel starting and finishing in Jerusalem and taking in the Judean hills, the Negev highlands and the Dead Sea.

Participants included John Naar, 64, an electrical engineer from Coombe Hill, who continues to go on Norwood rides despite triple bypass surgery 11 years ago.

He said this year’s cycle had been special as he had been joined by his 17-year-old son Max, “who was only eight months old when I completed the very first Norwood challenge”.


Motor man driving Bournemouth shul

By Corinne Rein, November 5, 2009

A rabbi who originally worked in the family car dealership in Glasgow is the man to drive Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation forward, Lord Sacks said on Sunday.

Addressing around 400 members and guests at the induction of Rabbi Adrian Jesner, he observed that Rabbi Jesner had passed his road test with flying colours and would lead the community on an enriching journey.

Rabbi Jesner served Glasgow synagogues and Reading Hebrew Congregation before joining the Bournemouth shul in February 2008. He said he and his wife Pamela had been warmly welcomed.


Food charity's £500k West End meal

November 5, 2009

A charity providing 14,000 hot meals daily at soup kitchens and schools throughout Israel enjoyed a successful dinner of its own at the Millennium Mayfair on Monday.

Hazon Yeshaya raised £500,000 from the event, attended by 430 supporters.

Making the appeal, Cyril Dennis highlighted a recent Israeli government report which found that 28 per cent of Israel’s population lived below the poverty line. This figure included over 600,000 children.

Charity founder Abraham Israel was among the guests.


Hackney school headteacher disapperance worries parents

By Robyn Rosen, November 5, 2009

Parents at Simon Marks Jewish Primary School in Hackney have complained of being “kept in the dark” over the situation of head teacher Nicole Delamere.

Ms Delamere, who took charge in September 2008, did not return to school after half term and parents say they have not been told why.

Speaking anonymously, one parent said: “When Ms Delamere was sick in the summer, they told us, but this time no one has told us anything.” Letters were being sent out by deputy head Norma Blair, with no explanation as to why they were not coming from Ms Delamere.


Windfall for friends of asylum seekers

November 5, 2009

Children in Need has awarded over £51,000 to Jump, a Jewish Council for Racial Equality project for befriending teenage asylum seekers who arrive in the UK without their families.

The social support helps teenagers who have fled conflict or human rights abuses in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Congo to build confidence and life skills.

Jcore executive director Edie Friedman was “particularly proud to receive this award in the year marking the 70th anniversary of the Kindertransport. We campaign for and support asylum seekers because refugees are us.”


Harry Potter and the Holocaust Memorial movie

By Robyn Rosen, November 5, 2009

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has narrated a Holocaust memorial film marking the upcoming 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The film, The Legacy of Hope, is being released by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, of which Radcliffe, 20, is a supporter. The Jewish actor said he was “privileged” to be involved.