Community life

Child bravery to be recognised

August 27, 2009

A new awards programme for Jewish children will be launched by Dame Gail Ronson next week.

Camp Simcha and Jewish Child’s Day will be making the awards to recognise extraordinary achievement, bravery under difficult circumstances, acts of kindness and contribution to the community.

Dame Ronson will be chairing the judging panel, also including JC editor Stephen Pollard, LBC broadcaster Nick Ferrari and Manchester Jewish Federation chief executive Karen Phillips.


Cross-communal school courts the youth vote

August 27, 2009

In a new departure, potential pupils of the cross-communal Jewish Community Secondary School due to open in Barnet in September 2010 are being sent a mini-prospectus.

The booklet-style guide assures children that JCoSS will not be scary because “everybody will be new, even the teachers. You’ll be there from the beginning, helping to shape the school.”


Kisharon may be moving

By Robyn Rosen, August 27, 2009

Special needs facility Kisharon has merged the management of its nursery and day school.

And the new principal, Rabbi Yitzchak Freeman, has revealed that the Kisharon Day School in Temple Fortune and the Golders Green-based Tuffkid nursery may be on the move.


A picture of contentment at RSY-Netzer camp

August 27, 2009

RSY-Netzer has enjoyed its most successful summer programme with over 700 young people participating in activities including Shemesh camps and an Israel tour.

“We are delighted we have been able to involve so many people in a Jewish experience which will stay with them forever,” said RSY-Netzer secretary Daniel Lichman.

In the difficult financial climate, applications for bursaries rose by almost half and an appeal raised £13,000-plus towards financial assistance for 83 participants.


The Edinburgh Festival comes to synagogue

By Stephanie Brickman, August 27, 2009

The Edinburgh Festival came to the local Hebrew congregation on Sunday when the fourth annual festival open day was staged at the Jewish Community Centre.

One hundred locals and visitors turned up to watch performances and interviews with 40 festival stars with a
Jewish connection.

Entertainment ranged from Time Keepers, an award-winning drama from Israel, to septuagenarian American comedienne Lynn Ruth Miller.


He's got the world on his plinth

By Jessica Elgot, August 27, 2009

A former JFS geography teacher put his expertise to use to raise £1,200 for children’s charity Camp Simcha when taking his place on Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth last Friday.

Richard Beach, 40, from Radlett, drew a map of the world from memory and offered passers-by in Trafalgar Square the opportunity to have their name on a sponsored location.

“Most people picked special places to them in the UK and Israel, but we did have a few strange ones,” he


Star King Solomon student faces next test in army

By Robyn Rosen, August 27, 2009

Eran Dotan has achieved a magnificent seven at A- and AS level.

The 18-year-old King Solomon High pupil who commutes from Hendon to the Redbridge school recorded As in A-level maths, physics, chemistry and modern Hebrew, plus As in AS biology, further maths and Spanish.


JFS pupils make the grade with record A-level results

By Robyn Rosen, August 27, 2009

JFS has reported its best-ever A-level results with 78 of its 226 pupils achieving three or more A grades.

“Results of this calibre owe much to excellent and highly focused teaching, our outstanding home–school relationships and the caring guidance and support every student receives,” JFS head Jonathan Miller said.

Emily Goldblatt achieved five A grades and six others got four — Joshua Bellman, Abie Cohen, Greg Garfield, Mark Graham, Coren Lass and Shelley de Jong.


Teacher is reinstated

August 27, 2009

The deputy head of Simon Marks Jewish Primary in Stoke Newington has been reinstated following an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

Parents were told last month that Norma Blair had been suspended. Now governors’ chair Peter Kessler has confirmed that Mrs Blair will be back in her deputy’s role for the new academic term. “We are delighted that the children in Mrs Blair’s class will be once again receiving the top quality education that she provides,” he said.


Rebuilding plan for Golders Green school

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2009

An Orthodox school in Golders Green school is to be rebuilt to increase its capacity.

The privately run Talmud Torah Tiferes Shlomo in Elmcroft Crescent currently educates 148 boys aged between three and seven but is struggling to accommodate them in its run-down prefabricated buildings.

New classrooms will enable it to cater for 210 pupils. They will be built around an open courtyard with a second courtyard serving as a playground.

Rooftop play areas will also be created, with fencing and vegetation around the premises.