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Palester retires

August 19, 2010

Ronnie Palester, one of the stalwarts of Jewish cricket, is retiring after more than 40 years of playing and involvement in administration.

Palester, 70, founded Belmont Synagogue CC, where over the years he captained all four XIs. He is the current manager of Barnet Synagogue CC and also serves as President of Belmont & Edgware.

A former wicketkeeper-batsman, Palester of Barnet retired five years ago. His best performance saw him claim four catches and three stumpings in one match.

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Harrow halal plan raises Jewish shechitah fears

By Jessica Elgot, August 12, 2010

Shechita UK have expressed concerns over a backlash against kosher meat after parents and animal rights groups protested against the new halal school dinners offered by Harrow Council.

Newspaper reports claimed that residents were worried about "the methods used to slaughter animals in this way".

Parent Sheila Murphy told the Harrow Observer: "The Farm Animal Welfare Council has lobbied the government to get kosher and halal slaughter banned. The method is deemed cruel by some animal-lovers."

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I went from YouTube to Vegas… via Tom Jones

August 12, 2010

Singer Sophie Hiller's career hit the big time this week, as she performed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as Sir Tom Jones's warm-up act.

The 20-year-old, from East Barnet, north London, was invited to audition for the job after a producer of the Welsh singer's show saw a clip of her on YouTube.

She describes her style as "jazzy, souly and funky with a modern twist".

But Sophie's two-week stint in the entertainment capital is not all hard work.

On Monday she wrote on Twitter: "Just laying by the pool bronzing myself. All in a day's work, eh?"

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Barnet coach Michael Stone: Q&A

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Sir Trevor Brooking's call for the FA to nurture more home-grown coaches was music to the ears of Barnet's Michael Stone.

Reviewing England's World Cup campaign, the FA's Director of Football Development has been quick to call for more English faces to rise through the ranks. And at 31, Stone fits the bill.

Recently appointed coach at League 2 Barnet, Stone, one of the most highly rated trainers in the country, has been charged with extra responsibility for individual player development.

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JCoSS is building on a strong foundation

By Jessica Elgot, July 15, 2010

Parents and pupils had their first taste of the JCoSS experience at an induction day for the cross-communal school which opens in Barnet in September.

The initial intake of 150 hail from a diversity of Jewish backgrounds with Reform and Orthodox families particularly well represented. There are also pupils from Masorti, Sephardi, Liberal and secular households. Five applications for places were signed by Lubavitch rabbis and some of the children have Israeli parents. Three non-Jews will also be among the first recruits.

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Purim knife man talked out of attack

By Leon Symons, July 1, 2010

A member of the Shomrim Jewish security team has spoken for the first time of how he and three colleagues disarmed a man wielding an 8in knife at the height of this year's Purim celebrations.

The man, who asked not to be identified, is in his early 20s and was praised by Barnet police for the way in which he and his team dealt with a potentially dangerous situation.

He said: "The call came through to the Shomrim hotline that there was a man with a knife in Bell Lane, Hendon. I and three colleagues put on anti-knife vests, as we have been trained, and went there.

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Jeremiah Duggan inquest reopened

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2010

A new inquest into the death of a British Jewish student in Germany has opened, more than seven years after he died.

Jeremiah Duggan was found dead on a highway near Wiesbaden, Germany in March 2003 while attending a youth event organised by the far-right LaRouche group, which is alleged to have antisemitic connections.

German police said that the 22-year-old had committed suicide but Mr Duggan’s family and friends have campaigned for his death to be investigated fully.

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