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Thursday 17 June


Barnet mayor names Camp Simcha

May 21, 2010

New Barnet mayor Anthony Finn has named Camp Simcha as one of the charities he will support during his year in office.

Councillor Finn has chosen to support the Hendon-based charity which aims at improving the quality of life for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Noah's Ark Children's Hospice, a local charity providing practical support to life-limited children and their families, is to be the other mayoral charity.

The new mayor said: "I hope to serve the borough well, while raising important funds for two very worthy local charities."


JCoss Jewish head to go on maternity leave after opening

May 6, 2010

The director of Jewish education for the new Jewish Community Secondary School in Barnet will be away on maternity leave shortly after it opens in September.

Elaine Robinson - who was UJIA's head of Jewish social responsibility before joining JCoSS - is expecting her first child in October, but hopes to be working for the first few weeks of term.

She is in the process of finalising the school's Jewish curriculum arrangements.

A JCoSS spokesman said the school was "well into the process of arranging maternity cover".


Antisemitic crime drops in Barnet

By Leon Symons, April 22, 2010

Barnet, home to Britain's biggest Jewish population, has reported a significant drop in racist and religious hate crime and an increase in catching the perpetrators.

There were 284 racist offences during the 2009/10 year, which ended in March, compared to 428 in the previous 12 months.

Up from 35 per cent to 50 per cent was the rate of clear-up - where police identify the culprits and a punishment is applied ranging from a caution to a prison sentence.



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JFS row teacher is key JCoSS appointment

By Leon Symons, March 25, 2010

JFS head of English Kate Lightman, whose daughter was refused entry to the school in a row over conversion, has been appointed to a senior post at the new Jewish Community Secondary School, JCoSS.

Mrs Lightman will be assistant head with responsibility for English at JCoSS, which opens in Barnet in September. She has taught at JFS for more than 20 years.

In 2005, she and her husband David applied for a place for their daughter Maya but were turned down because the London Beth Din rejected Mrs Lightman's conversion in Israel.


Demand for JCoSS 'exceeds expectations'

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2010

The new Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) is on course for a full first-year intake when it opens in East Barnet in September after receiving well over two applications for every place.

Mike Grabiner, chairman of the cross-communal school, said the number "exceeded all our expectations" and showed "a very significant demand… which can only grow as we establish ourselves".

JCoSS had 453 applicants for 180 places but like other Jewish schools, it will have to wait many weeks before knowing how many pupils are likely to start in autumn.


Barnet prices prove a point

By Charlie Jacoby, February 11, 2010

The property market in the borough of Barnet is proof that property prices will not decrease during 2010, according to Chris Crook, managing director of the house-building division at Countryside Properties. He has spoken out against recent reports that house prices will decrease in 2010, arguing that a housing shortage will prevent prices from falling and cites Barnet as an example of a location where the shortage is already acute.


United Synagogue helping JCoSS on kashrut issues

By Simon Rocker, February 11, 2010

The United Synagogue is advising on kashrut arrangements at the cross-communal Jewish Community Secondary School, which will open in Barnet in September.


Deaf group wins lottery

February 4, 2010

An award of £170,000-plus from the Big Lottery Fund will guarantee the immediate future of the Jewish Deaf Association’s programme for its older members.

The Barnet-based charity offers a weekly day centre, computer lessons, social activities and personalised support for the 70s-90s. The money will help fund the salary of three key staff members over the next three years.