Community life

Deli shuts in Ilford

By Lee Lixenberg, June 6, 2008

Redbridge community leaders are bemoaning the closure of Brownstein’s kosher deli, a fixture of local Jewish life for almost 60 years.

The Gants Hill deli shut without warning last week, only a few weeks after the closure of nearby butcher Ilford Kosher Meats.

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Yavneh 'outstanding', says Ofsted

By Leon Symons, June 6, 2008

Anglo-Jewry’s newest secondary school has received the highest marks possible ratings in its first Ofsted inspection.

Yavneh College in Borehamwood was awarded an outstanding grade in almost every area. The inspection team observed that what had been achieved in five terms was “remarkable”.

Overall, they found Yavneh’s “leadership and management outstanding” and “standards of work exceptionally high”. The curriculum and spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of the school were also ranked as outstanding.

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The mayor says Chai

May 30, 2008

New Barnet mayor Councillor John Marshall has chosen Chai Cancer Care as one of his mayoral charities.

Councillor Marshall said he had long been impressed by its work. “I remember the comments of a friend whose wife was dying, who said he wished they had discovered Chai earlier.”

Hoping that the recognition would enhance Chai’s profile, the mayor added that there was no financial target “as you can never raise enough for such a good cause”.

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Shtreimel gangs target Charedim

By Dana Gloger, May 30, 2008

Charedi men have been targeted by muggers who have stolen their fur shtreimels in a wave of attacks across North-East London.

The incidents have all taken place in Stamford Hill, which is home to the largest Charedi community in Europe.

Two of the attacks happened last Friday evening and in the early hours of Saturday. 

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Balls backs primary age Shoah education

By Craig Silver, May 30, 2008

A Holocaust survivor has told Children, Schools and Families Secretary Ed Balls of the importance of educating primary pupils against antisemitism.

Joanna Millan met Mr Balls at the UK Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire last Friday where the minister was supporting a forthcoming Holocaust exhibition, The Journey, aimed at primary-age children.

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£2.2 care project launched

May 30, 2008

Eighty Jewish Care supporters gathered in Edgware on Wednesday to mark the start of a £2.2 million mental health resource project.

The foundation stone for the Martin Cohen Centre for Wellbeing was laid by Marcia Feldman, the driving force behind the scheme.

It will herald a significant change in the charity’s delivery of services for those with mental health needs, moving away from the traditional model of a day care centre and offering a wide range of treatments and therapies.

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Changes planned for Ravenswood

May 30, 2008

Changes are planned to Norwood’s Ravenswood Village residential community in Berkshire in line with revised government policy that only those with complex disabilities should be placed in such communities.

The moves also reflect the findings of an internal review which have been shown to staff.

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Scotland’s kosher bakery closes

By Lindy Markson, May 30, 2008

Scotland’s sole bakery under kashrut supervision closed suddenly in Glasgow last week.

The Star Bakery supplied kosher bread to Calderwood Lodge Jewish Primary, two delicatessens, a catering company and Glasgow charitable organisations. No one from the bakery was available for comment.

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Young thugs attack Leeds blind man

By Craig Silver, May 30, 2008

A blind man sustained facial injuries in a vicious attack by a group of youths outside a Leeds shopping centre on Sunday.

Simon Rosenstone, 28, of Alwoodley, suffered a bloodied nose and a black eye in the random attack as he walked towards the bus stop on Infirmary Street. He was punched and kicked before managing to escape. Two women who witnessed the attack took him to Holbeck police station.

“It was a cowardly assault”, Mr Rosenstone told the JC. “I don’t believe there was a racial motive. They were just thugs.”

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Care centre's parking plea

By Lee Lixenberg, May 30, 2008

Jewish Care is pleading with Redbridge Council parking chiefs to adopt a common sense approach to drivers leaving their cars near the Vi and John Rubens and Dennis centres in Gants Hill, following complaints about over-officious wardens.

Among the complainants is Chigwell pensioner Stanley Posner, who was given a parking ticket outside Rubens House while visiting his 101-year-old mother-in-law.

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