Barnet

Teen theatre fan finds herself in limelight

August 13, 2009

She was always a huge fan of the books of the former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, so for Nathalie Wojakovski, 11 and a half, it was a thrill to find out that she and her family were going to see the award-winning show, War Horse, based on Morpurgo’s best-selling book.

But last week there was even more excitement for Nathalie, who has just left Menorah Foundation Primary School and is starting at Hasmonean High School in September.

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Police chief’s pledge to combat hate crime

By James Martin in Barnet, July 23, 2009

The new head of Barnet Police has pledged to do his “utmost to clamp down on antisemitic incidents” following a significant rise in cases within the borough.

Eighty-six incidents were reported in the year ending in March, compared to 53 over the previous 12 months. Close to half occurred in a two-month period from the start of Israel’s Gaza incursion.

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The Zemel Choir

By sasha, July 10, 2009
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Consent for Orthodox Barnet school

By James Martin, July 2, 2009

An Orthodox Jewish primary school has received long-awaited planning permission from Barnet Council.

Beis Soroh Schneirer Girls’ Primary was granted planning consent after it demonstrated that there were no alternative sites available for the school and that it provided a good environment for the girls’ education.

The 230-pupil school, which is located in a former industrial warehouse in West Hendon, had been operating without planning permission since it moved from its previous premises at Finchley Synagogue in 2005.

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Jewish property man fronts bid to buy Southampton FC

By Danny Caro, June 26, 2009

Former teammates of Michael Fialka, the man purportedly at the centre of the Pinnacle Group’s bid to buy Southampton Football Club, have expressed shock over his potential takeover.

Property company boss Fialka, 32, appeared on Sky Sports on Thursday night and informed reporters that he was hopeful the bid would be accepted. He confirmed that outstanding players' wages, in the region of £500,000, have been settled.

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Outrage at removal of housing wardens

By James Martin, June 11, 2009

Jewish residents in sheltered housing schemes in Barnet are outraged at the rubber-stamping of plans to drastically cut the number of on-site wardens.

On Monday, Barnet Council cabinet members voted unanimously for annual “efficiency savings” of £400,000. The money for wardens is no longer ring-fenced through the government-funded Supporting People programme.

As well as a demonstration outside, councillors faced angry questions from the public at the start of the meeting.

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Responsible role for JCoSS

June 4, 2009

UJIA head of Jewish social responsibility Elaine Robinson will be the first Jewish education director at the cross-communal JCoSS secondary school opening in Barnet next year.

Raised in Liverpool, Ms Robinson, 37, attended the Orthodox Childwall congregation and was an active Bnei Akiva member. She previously taught at Immanuel College and still lectures at the London School of Jewish Studies, Limmud and the New North London Synagogue. The governors believe she will be “a bridge to every part of the community”.

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Chai raises awareness at the double

May 27, 2009

Chai Cancer Care enjoyed a long distance double with the formal opening of its Manchester satellite service staged on the same day as a dinner in its honour hosted by Barnet Mayor Councillor John Marshall. Held at Middlesex University, the dinner marked the end of the mayor’s charity appeal year, for which Chai is one of two beneficiaries.

The Manchester service is in partnership with The Fed and Heathlands and over 200 people were at the launch to hear Dr Jeremy Nathan compliment Chai on its services and explain why carers needed equal support.

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JCoSS worries Orthodox rabbis

By Simon Rocker, May 14, 2009

United Synagogue rabbis have voiced concern at the impact of the Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS), the first cross-communal Jewish secondary school, which is due to open in Barnet next year.

They made their anxieties plain at a session with US lay leaders during the annual US rabbinical conference in Hemel Hempstead.

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Religious parking

April 7, 2009

Barnet Council’s “pray and display” religious parking permits have proved particularly popular with Jewish community representatives.

A permanent feature from the beginning of April after a successful trial, the £40-a-year permits allow those carrying out religious duties in the borough to park in residents’ bays. The council says the scheme fits its core priority of helping those in spiritual need.

Of the 48 permits issued to date, 18 have been taken up by Jewish groups, the largest number from a particular faith.

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