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Baby girl dies in sleep

May 23, 2008

A baby girl from South Tottenham died in her sleep last weekend. The 18-month-old, who had four elder siblings, was the daughter of Volvi Kupferstein, a member of the Belz community, who runs the local Grodzinski bakery. The funeral took place in Enfield on Tuesday.


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By Leon Symons, May 22, 2008

Mr Yentob, a patron of the museum, was present for the start of building work on Monday, telling the JC: “The expansion is a huge leap forward for the museum.

“I think it’s going to be great. [The reopening] will be a big moment for everyone in June 2009.”

The new building will be triple the size of its predecessor, allowing the collections previously held at Camden and Finchley to be brought under one roof.


Jamie spices up poker day

May 16, 2008

Jamie Oliver helped to cook up a six-figure sum for co-existence projects in Israel when he took part in the One to One Children’s Fund poker tournament in the West End on Sunday.

Jamie Oliver and David Altschuler at the One to One Children's Fund tournament


Charedi man denied bail

May 16, 2008

A charedi man was denied bail last week despite a £1-million surety offer. US-born Avram Freisel, 55, who lives in Stamford Hill, appeared at an extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.


Seven-year-old boy dies in sleep

May 16, 2008

A seven-year-old boy from Stamford Hill, North London, home to Europe’s largest Chasidic community, died in his sleep at the weekend. It is understood he did not have any previous health issues.


Bereaved Arab father on UK peace mission

By Candice Krieger, May 16, 2008

A Palestinian peace activist, whose daughter was killed last year during a clash between Arab youths and the Israeli police, has urged UK politicians to help end the violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

Bassam Aramin has devoted his time to campaigning for peace after his 10-year-old daughter, Abir, was shot dead as she was walking home from school.


Grieving daughter attacks care home

By Dana Gloger, May 16, 2008

Jewish Care has been accused by a grieving daughter of failing to provide adequate help for her dying mother.

Helene Parnes, 88, from Harrow, Middlesex, moved into the organisation’s Leo Baeck House in Hampstead, North-West London, in March this year.

Three days later she was taken to hospital with a chest infection, and diagnosed with a tumour, but told that she could be discharged.

Veronica Lansman at the bedside
of her mother, Helene Parnes


Survey finds gender bias

May 16, 2008

Jews are far more likely than Christians or Muslims in the UK to believe that religions, including their own, discriminate against women.

Seventy-three per cent of Jews feel that faiths are discriminatory, compared with 50 per cent of Christians and 29 per cent of Muslims, according to a new poll by Populus.


Hochhauser puts women at heart of his election bid

By Simon Rocker, May 16, 2008

Simon Hochhauser, the president of the United Synagogue, announced this week that he is to seek re-election on a platform of greater freedom for local synagogues and equality for women as lay leaders.

Elections for the head of the mainstream Orthodox body take place in July, with nominations due to close in the middle of next month.


JC offices hit by gas scare

May 16, 2008

The JC was forced to cancel a lunch it was hosting for the Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor this week because of a gas leak.

The company’s offices near London’s Fleet Street were evacuated early on Tuesday evening after a newly-laid pipe in the street fractured and fumes seeped into the cellar.

Staff were allowed back in more than 17 hours later after repair work, which went through the night, was completed.

Food brought in for the event was not wasted. It was sent to Jewish Care’s Rela Goldhill Lodge in Golders Green, North West London.