Community life

Menorah gets glowing report from inspectors

June 13, 2008

Ofsted inspectors have given a glowing report to the Menorah Foundation School in Golders Green.

The inspectors found that the school was well led by head Clare Neuberger, her staff and the primary’s governors. Pupils regularly achieved above-average standards, particularly in maths and English — “the result of good teaching and well-planned lessons”.

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Two women mayors start work in Herts

By Jay Grenby, June 13, 2008

Councillor Sandra Parnell (Hertsmere) and Councillor Farida Turner (Elstree and Borehamwood) have respectively been installed as borough and town council mayors.

As Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Parnell, 70, represents the major Jewish centres of Borehamwood, Elstree, Bushey and Radlett. Having served as deputy mayor, her plans to make aliyah were scuppered by the death of her husband, Leslie, earlier this year.

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Barbara Young hosts bingo fundraiser

June 13, 2008
Actress Barbara Young, who has appeared in Coronation Street and Family Affairs, took on the role of bingo caller for a fundraiser at Jewish Care’s Clore Manor home which raised £755. The event was arranged by the home’s Friends committee, co-chaired by Paul and Elise Graham. Two of the residents, Julia Abrahams and Golda Fox, donated their bingo winnings back to the home.

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Hikers boost Camp Simcha

By Craig Silver, June 13, 2008

Twelve friends from Stanmore and Finchley have hit the heights for Camp Simcha — which helps Jewish children with life-threatening illnesses and their families — by scaling Ben Nevis to raise £14,000.

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New US leadership

June 13, 2008

Colourful Mill Hill minister Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet is the new chair of the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue. Elstree and Borehamwood’s Rabbi Naftali Brawer and Hampstead’s Rabbi Michael Harris are vice-chairmen, Pinner’s Rabbi Yaakov Grunewald is treasurer and Kenton’s Rabbi Yehuda Black is secretary.

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Co-existence fund’s lesson from Ireland

June 6, 2008

Eighteen Israeli police commanders have been in Belfast this week observing how the Royal Ulster Constabulary keeps the peace and the lessons it holds for policing in Israel.

The officers were visiting under the aegis of the Abraham Fund, advancing co-existence and equality among Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens, which launched a UK Friends group at a reception at London’s Reform Club on Monday.

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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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Bushey backs £6m revamp

By Jay Grenby, June 6, 2008

Bushey Synagogue members have voted overwhelmingly for a £6.7 million redevelopment of the shul site, just over a year after rejecting the original proposals by a slim majority.

The support of around 85 per cent of those at last Wednesday’s extraordinary meeting means the board will seek planning permission from Hertsmere Borough Council for the three-phase programme. This involves a major reconstruction of the synagogue premises and the demolition and replacement of inadequate out-buildings which house a wide range of youth and communal activities.

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Big-screen debut for Nightingale residents

June 6, 2008

Nightingale residents have made their big screen debuts in a new film starring Anne-Marie Duff, Ralf Little, Rupert Graves, Frank Finlay, Phyllida Law and Daisy Donovan.

The Waiting Room, released today, tells the story of two strangers who are brought together by an elderly man waiting for his wife on a station platform. A significant part of the movie was filmed at the Clapham care home and a number of residents appear as extras. They also had the opportunity to meet the stars.