Community life

Primary school fights Ofsted downgrade

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 14, 2014

Broughton Jewish Primary School is appealing against its latest Ofsted inspection findings, claiming the inspector's report contained inaccuracies which led to a downgrading to "requires improvement".


Wembley winner

July 14, 2014

The Spanish and Portuguese congregation in Wembley has a new rabbi, Daniel Kada, who previously worked for Torah Action Life, an organisation catering for young Jewish professionals.

Rabbi Kada - who studied at yeshivot in Gateshead and Israel - said he was joining "a vibrant and warm" community.

Wembley chair Rony Sabah looked forward to the rabbi's "inspiring leadership".


Sam Cam praises work of UK Anne Frank charity

By Barry Toberman, July 10, 2014

In the week before Anne Frank Trust UK leaders present their submission to the Prime Minister's Holocaust Commission, the trust was praised as an "amazing charity" by Samantha Cameron at a 10 Downing Street reception.


Shul and mosque in dialogue

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

Brondesbury Park Synagogue members shared details of Jewish life in an exchange programme with Muslims from a neighbouring mosque.

The shul-goers were told how the Imam Khoei Centre in north-west London had been converted into a mosque in the 1980s after being used for synagogue services a decade earlier.


School move aids Redbridge regeneration

By Charlotte Oliver, July 3, 2014

Redbridge Jewry celebrated the latest step towards an integrated future with the official opening of the Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School (IJPS) building.

Catering for more than 400 pupils between the ages of two and 11, IJPS moved to the King Solomon High site in Barkingside last September, following an £11 million redevelopment.


Chiefs hail Aish's work

July 3, 2014

Chief Rabbis old and new were among 1,100 guests at a north London dinner marking 20 years of Aish UK, which raised £1 million.


Tour de France caterers

July 3, 2014

The Chabad Jewish Community Centre in Buckhurst Hill is geared up to catering for the crowds who will be gathered outside its premises when the Tour de France riders pass on Monday.

Kosher food and cold drinks will be on sale with the proceeds going to charity. There will also be indoor seating. It's viewed as "a great opportunity for Chabad to showcase the centre and its work".


Clubhouse gets police approval

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

More than £160,000 was raised at the first fundraising dinner of the Boys Clubhouse, which runs a drop-in centre for young Jewish men with addictions such as alcohol, drugs and gambling, or problems like homelessness.

The dinner was held at the Metropolitan Police museum in Colindale, where a range of historic police cars were on show.


Barbe-queues as UJIA courts South Africans

By Rosa Doherty, July 3, 2014

A traditional South African barbecue in the grounds of a Totteridge mansion provided a taste of home for ex-pats on Sunday.

Organised by UJIA as part of its outreach work among overseas communities in London, the Big Braai attracted around 260 hungry patrons, among them Barbra and Brian Davis, who came to England 16 years ago and now live in Hampstead Garden Suburb.


Wax works for Neshama

By John Fisher, July 3, 2014

With the experience of years spent battling depression, Ruby Wax told Leeds Jewish Welfare Board supporters that society needed to end the stigma of mental health.

Ms Wax - whose Sane New World show is based on her book about neuroscience - addressed LJWB's gala appeal dinner, which raised £100,000 for its Neshama mental health project.