Langdon bikers reach Brussels

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2011

A bike ride to Brussels has raised more than £25,000 for Langdon services for young Jewish adults with learning disabilities.


Big dinners aid special school

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2011

The parents of three severely disabled children who founded a Jewish special needs school in Salford were overwhelmed by community support for their first fundraising dinners which 1,200 people attended this week.

A committee of strictly Orthodox parents and governors of the Aim Habonim school organised separate ladies' and gents' evenings on Monday and Tuesday, which raised £40,000.

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Residents enjoy fast day

June 16, 2011

Special Olympians from Ravenswood, Norwood's Berkshire residential community for adults with learning disabilities, took home 20 medals from a regional competition in Eastbourne.

The team of 20 returned with four golds, five silvers and nine bronzes from events ranging from the 50m to 800m on the track and long jump and shot put in the field.


No feet - but he's suing over a pedicure

By Ellen Tumposky, June 16, 2011

A wheelchair-bound Chasidic Jew has filed more than 80 lawsuits in the past year over handicapped access, including suing a pedicure salon in Manhattan - even though he has no feet.


Special needs case victory

By Robyn Rosen, March 18, 2011

Chasidic parents have won a lengthy battle to place their autistic son at Jewish special needs school Delamere Forest in Manchester.

Yechezkel Englander, 10, started at Delamere this week after Higher Broughton couple Avraham and Yocheved Englander made a successful appeal against a Salford Council placement.


Mental health chair to retire

By Jessica Elgot, November 4, 2010

The chair of a Jewish mental health charity, 87-year-old Irene Wilder, is to step down after 15 years with the organisation.

Mrs Wilder made the emotional announcement on Tuesday night at the gala dinner of the Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill.

She said: "It is time to pass the work on to someone younger. I am not leaving Jami, I will always support the organisation."

The charity helps more than 250 people at any one time to recover from mental health problems including anorexia and schizophrenia.


Dementia expert to advise care home staff

September 21, 2010

An expert in age related diseases is to advise south London care home Nightingale on its dementia strategy.

Professor Clive Ballard directs the Dementia Research Centre at King's College London, leading clinical trials and study programmes. He will work closely with Nightingale chief executive Leon Smith on incorporating the latest developments in dementia care into programming for residents with dementia.


Interview: Adam Feinstein

By John Nathan, September 21, 2010

It was on an aeroplane that Adam Feinstein first heard that his son Johnny, the youngest of his three children, was autistic. In the way that it is often easier to open up to someone you have never met and will probably never see again, Feinstein found himself telling the man next to him about something that was giving him great cause for concern.


Delamere moves to new home

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 17, 2010

The Delamere Forest special needs school opened its new north Manchester operation this week.

On Sunday, 11 Delamere pupils from London moved into refurbished Crumpsall residential facilities. The following day, its 17 pupils began lessons at the newly built premises in Salford.

The project involved vacating Delamere's premises in Cheshire and creating three new classrooms and kosher catering facilities on the campus of Inscape House School in Walkden.


Ray Rivlin is inspired by her disabled son to come up with a more inclusive Haggadah

By Candice Krieger, September 16, 2010

Dublin's Ray Rivlin has created her own simplified version of the Haggadah.

Inspired by her son Alan, who is a resident of the Leeds Rainbow Project, Mrs Rivlin decided to modify the Haggadah to make it more accessible to people with learning difficulties.

She tells People: "During Pesach last year I took the second Seder for the residents and simplified it for them. They seemed to like it and it struck me that it would be a good idea to write it down."