Maitlis: Langdon residents are big news

By Barry Toberman, March 29, 2012

Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks were among the speakers at Monday's Langdon dinner at the Savoy.

But the real stars of the show were the Langdon residents who addressed the 350 diners, demonstrating how the charity enables young adults with mild-to-moderate learning difficulties to lead independent and productive lives.


Charities fight Budget change on big donors

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

The Jewish Leadership Council intends to lobby Chancellor George Osborne over plans to reduce tax relief on big donations, which it fears could have a significant impact on Jewish charities.

In last week's Budget, Mr Osborne announced proposals to cap tax relief on charitable contributions at £50,000 or 25 per cent of a person's income - whichever is the higher.

Chief executive Jeremy Newma


Plea to council over school transport cut

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

A governor of a Jewish school whose pupils will be seriously affected by a cutback in transport provision from Hertfordshire County Council has appealed in person to councillors for a change of heart.

Hertsmere Jewish Primary's Abigail Silver was allotted a three-minute slot to make her case at Tuesday's full council meeting.


High hopes for Beatty director

By Candice Krieger, March 29, 2012

Balfour Beatty's Peter Zinkin is not a fan of the word "construction" - at least not when referring to the company he has worked in for more than three decades.

The planning and development director prefers to use the term "global infrastructure business." He explains: "We are not just a construction company.


The health guru who leads the fight against lethal party drugs

By Lynne Franks, March 29, 2012

Lynne Franks: Tell me first about your early life.

Maryon Stewart: I was born in Clapton which officially makes me a Cockney. For some reason my mother ended up having me in the Mother's Home which was run by nuns. When I was born, apparently the nuns made her get down on the floor and pray because she was bringing me into the wicked world.


Talking up Yiddish club

March 22, 2012

A new Yiddish speaking and singing group has begun meeting monthly in north-west London.

All Friends of Yiddish will next convene on Sunday afternoon at the Michael Sobell Community Centre in Golders Green.

Until last October, the original Friends of Yiddish, founded by poet
A N Stencl, met for 75 years in London's East End.

"We are working to return our Yiddish culture to Jews of all ag


Outcry over 'one-sided' Palestinian meeting

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

Hackney Council has promised to tighten bookings procedures after a complaint about a pro-Palestinian event held in one of its libraries on Tuesday night.

Martin Sugarman, chair of the Hackney Anglo-Israel Twinning Association, had called for the cancellation of the "one-sided" meeting at Dalston library, addressed by a group of visiting Palestinian women.


Objectors seek further review of school plans

By Jay Grenby, March 22, 2012

Etz Chaim Jewish Primary governors' chair Adam Dawson has insisted that the school remains on course to move to a permanent Mill Hill site in a year, despite the threat of a new legal challenge.

With all planning conditions set to be met by the end of the month, Barnet Council is expected to give the green light for work to start on the former garden centre site in Daws Lane.

However, at a p


Welsh aid boosts HET

March 22, 2012

The Welsh Government has pledged £321,000 to continue sending sixth-formers on the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz project over the next three years.

The funding represents a significant increase from the previous £80,000 annual contribution.

Announcing the commitment, Education and Skills Minister Leighton Andrews said the HET's work enabled teenagers "to explore how


Customers are in pocket as stores wage a price war

March 22, 2012

North-west Londoners admit that price is the biggest factor when shopping for their Pesach provisions, even if means favouring the big supermarkets over their local kosher stores.

But specialist retailers say they are remaining competitive, with the additional virtues of a greater product range and more knowledgeable staff.

Shopping in Sainsbury's in Golders Green, housewife Marilyn Levy, 46