The Zemel Choir

By sasha, July 10, 2009
Monday 13 July


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


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.


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.


Barnet school forced to close

By James Martin, April 7, 2009

A strictly Orthodox Golders Green school will have to close after Barnet Council rejected a final retrospective appeal for planning permission last Wednesday.

Beis Medrash Elyon, educating 45 boys in Golders Green Road, has operated without planning permission for five years.

Councillor Dean Cohen proposed that the school be granted consent “on the grounds that it has been in place for some time and its current use has demonstrated significant benefit to the local community”. Councillors Eva Greenspan, Melvin Cohen and Jack Cohen highlighted its educational merits.


Agudas home help in Barnet

By James Martin, April 2, 2009

New subsidised housing for north-west London’s Orthodox community could be available within two years.

The Agudas Israel Housing Association, which administers assisted housing schemes in Hackney and Haringey, wants to develop 13 units, including maisonettes and flats, in Barnet.

They are part of a planning application from Metro Construction, which is also seeking Barnet Council approval to develop the former Carmelite monastery in Bridge Lane, Golders Green, into 29 apartments and five detached houses.