Community life

Norwood’s £2.7m dinner

By Robyn Rosen, November 19, 2009

Norwood chiefs have described the £2.7 million raised from its annual dinner on Monday as a huge success in the current economic climate.

The proceeds from the Grosvenor House event, attended by 1,200 supporters, will go towards the £9 million needed from voluntary income to complete the charity’s £35 million budget for children, family and adult services.

Norwood chairman Bernie Myers warned that the recession “has reduced our statutory and voluntary income causing us to renew our efforts to be even more financially prudent and cost effective”.


Mitzvah Day: MP hails Muswell Hill plant workers

November 18, 2009

Hornsey and Wood Green Lib-Dem MP Lynne Featherstone joined volunteers from the Muswell Hill community in brightening a local park by planting 2,000 bulbs.

Ms Featherstone said Mitzvah Day was “a reminder that a small amount of time can make a big difference to our environment and those less fortunate.

It is great to see people of all ages get together for a good cause.”
Other Muswell Hill projects included a tea party at the Rosetrees care home in Friern Barnet and the collection and distribution of over 30 large boxes of provisions to four local charities.


Mitzvah Day: 15,000 join the day of good deeds

By Robyn Rosen, November 18, 2009

A record-breaking Mitzvah Day involved over 15,000 volunteers from 150 synagogues, schools and communal organisations in good deeds on Sunday.

The 250 projects ranged from repainting school buildings to clearing scrubland, from visiting the elderly to collecting clothes and food for refugees and the homeless.

An estimated 40 tonnes of food and non-perishable goods were donated to Mitzvah Day teams outside supermarkets and delis. A similar quantity of clothes was also collected, along with spectacles, sports kits, nappies and children’s toys.


Hackney police visit Auschwitz

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

Senior Hackney police officers joined a visit to the Auschwitz death camp site organised by the Charedi community.

Borough commander Chief-Superintendent Steve Bending and head of its safer neighbourhoods unit Chief-Inspector Pete Atkinson also toured Krakow and other sites of Jewish interest.

The trip was one of a series arranged by Chuni Kahan of the Hatzolah volunteer emergency service. “The purpose is to build bridges and understanding between various communities,” he said.

“It was a very moving, fulfilling and emotional trip and has been very productive.”


Holocaust survivor wins 'unsung hero' award

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

A 90-year-old Holocaust survivor has received an unsung hero award from Jewish Care.

Richard Fisher was honoured at a business lunch at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, which was attended by 700 guests and addressed by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Vienna-born Mr Fisher’s parents died in the Holocaust. He survived seven years in the coal and salt mines of Siberia — and some difficult times after being freed. He attempted to travel to England on several occasions before finally gaining entry in 1951.


Simon Marks head resigns

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

Simon Marks Primary head Nicole Delamere has resigned. In a letter sent this week, parents of pupils at the Hackney school were informed that she had quit after just a year in charge to “pursue her career in education in a different setting”.

When the head did not return after half term, the school originally claimed she was on “sick leave”.

Deputy head Norma Blair-Clayden has taken over as acting head. Parents have also been notified that year five teacher Rohan Plunkett will be leaving in December.


Jewish Child's Day forges links with Belarus

November 12, 2009

Jewish Child’s Day is forging closer links with Belarus following a three-day visit to Minsk and Gomel by JCD executive director Daniel Burger.

Mr Burger’s trip, during which he met Jewish leaders, followed the charity’s funding help for the Jewish cultural centre in Minsk.

He also discussed the possibility of future financial commitment with Michael Kemerov, executive director of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. “It was clear that the Belarus Jewish community needs the help and support of JCD.”


Fight fans support Salita religiously

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

Supporters of religious Jewish boxer Dmitriy Salita are pulling out all the stops to be at ringside when he challenges Amir Khan for the WBA light-welterweight title at Newcastle’s Metro Arena on December 5.

Edgware travel agent Avrom Weisz has organised a trip for 50 Orthodox fans to travel from London after Shabbat. The group will leave by train at 6pm to arrive in good time for the 11pm title bout.


£25m campus rebuild at Liverpool's King David school

November 12, 2009

A ceremony to launch the £25 million rebuild of Liverpool’s King David campus was held on Tuesday in the presence of Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

The scheme will improve facilities at the high school and relocate the primary and kindergarten sections plus Harold House community centre to the high school’s Childwall site. It is part of the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme, with funding also coming from the King David Foundation.


Child Nazi refugees reunited with rescuers

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

A meeting at New North London Synagogue in Finchley brought together former child refugees from Nazism and those who rescued Jews during Hitler’s reign.

Marking the 71st anniversary of the Kindertransport to England, the Kindness of Strangers event attracted over 100 people. They included Elizabeth Rosenthal, 82, of Richmond, who was 11 when she arrived here on the Kindertransport.