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".
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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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.
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.
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.
By Jay Grenby, January 28, 2010
Barnet Council has denied an HMD snub to the Hendon Labour MP who was one of the prime movers behind the establishment of the commemoration in Britain.
Instead of joining the formal procession of community leaders and other dignitaries at Sunday’s local ceremony, as he has done every year, Andrew Dismore sat in the back in the public area.