South London

Britain's basketball olympian

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

Among those selected to carry the Olympic Torch across the country is one particularly apt choice, 85-year-old Lionel Price.

He is a veteran of the last London Olympics of 1948, where he represented Britain at basketball (and was, said the JC at the time, one of the team's "most effective players").


Rome arrival lifts Catford

March 8, 2012

Rev David Gideon Rome will be "coming home" when he joins Catford and Bromley Synagogue as minister next month. For his grandfather Rabbi Judah Rockman served the south London shul for more than 40 years.

Mr Rome, 25, is a qualified chazan and a soloist with the London Cantorial Singers.


Council officer sacked for Nazi 'fetish'

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2010

A senior council officer has been sacked for gross misconduct after his involvement in Nazi fetishism was exposed by a Sunday newspaper.

Photos appeared of Gareth Mead, who was in charge of social housing and homelessness for Hammersmith and Fulham Council in south London, posing in Nazi regalia in what was said to be a gay sex website

He also sent text messages to the site saying “turn on the furnaces for those Jewish boys” and “gas the wogs”, the Sunday Mirror revealed.


Welfare chiefs slam care plans

By Cathy Forman and Jonathan Kalmus, July 16, 2009

A leading welfare chief has criticised the long-awaited Green Paper on social care, claiming the proposals will have a negative impact on the Jewish community.

Leon Smith, chief executive of south London care home Nightingale, believes that care homes could lose out if the plans are implemented.


McGowan impresses residents

November 27, 2008

Alistair McGowan made a big impression on Nightingale House residents when he visited the South London home.

Interviewed by writer Barry Fantoni, the impressionist, comedian and actor talked about his career from his time at drama school.

He also explained how he develops his impersonations and treated his audience to some of his most popular impressions.

These ranged from John Major and David Beckham to Dot Cotton of EastEnders.


South London Council of Christians and Jews hold meeting on "Ageing in the Jewish World"

November 6, 2008

South London Council of Christians and Jews held a meeting on "Ageing in the Jewish World" at the Nightingale home. Nightingale chief executive Leon Smith spoke about its history, current demographic trends and issues affecting the home and its residents. Nightingale's new promotional DVD was screened.


High turnout for second South London one-day Limmud

July 21, 2008
The second South London one-day Limmud attracted a 300 turnout at Bromley College on Sunday for a programme of speakers, music and even football training for the youngsters. Representatives of other faiths were also involved and £110 was raised by the sale of books for the Nightingale home. Joe Burchell chaired the day.


Baroness Julia Neuberger participates in q-and-a session with Nightingale volunteers

July 11, 2008

Gordon Brown's volunteering champion, Baroness Julia Neuberger, participated in a question-and-answer session with 40 of the Nightingale home's most dedicated volunteers. She also discussed her new book, Not Dead Yet, in which she writes about some of the indignities and injustices to which the elderly are routinely subjected. Nightingale relies on the support of a roster of 140 active volunteers.


Joint Christain and Jewish celebration of Israel's 60th

June 20, 2008

An “Israel at 60” event organised by South London Council of Christians and Jews at South London Synagogue featured a dialogue between Rabbi Philip Ginsbury and Canon Bill Norman, who reflected on their visits to Israel. Canon Norman also recalled that the year before Israel’s establishment he had served with the British Army in Gaza.