Golders Green

Nursery and school team up for fun day

June 20, 2008

Pupils from Kisharon’s Tuffkid nursery teamed up with Kisharon day school for a fun day. Entertainment included a clown, funfair games, face-painting and a food stall. Kisharon’s Rabbi Yitzchak Freeman said he enjoyed seeing the nursery and school pupils getting together.

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Man is accused of child rape

By Dana Gloger, June 12, 2008

A man has been charged with raping a boy in a synagogue men’s room.

Moshe Reichman, 23, a father of two from Golders Green, North-West London, is accused of four offences which allegedly took place four years ago.

The boy, who is also Jewish and who was 11 or 12 years old at the time, cannot be named. He had left his family home  on the day of the alleged incident to buy milk for his mother in nearby Stamford Hill.

Prosecutors say the boy was approached in the street by the defendant, who allegedly asked him to show him where a particular synagogue was.

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Menorah gets glowing report from inspectors

June 12, 2008

Ofsted inspectors have given a glowing report to the Menorah Foundation School in Golders Green.

The inspectors found that the school was well led by head Clare Neuberger, her staff and the primary’s governors. Pupils regularly achieved above-average standards, particularly in maths and English — “the result of good teaching and well-planned lessons”.

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Douglas Murray addresses Israel at 60 lunch

May 29, 2008

Author, political commentator and director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, Douglas Murray, addressed an Israel at 60 lunch at Golders Green Synagogue on how the nation is portrayed in the political world. Young community members gave readings about Israel’s creation and  Zionist Federation chairman and Golders Green congregant Andrew Balcombe presided.

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Rape charges denied

By Leon Symons, May 29, 2008

An Israeli living in Golders Green appeared at Harrow Crown Court on Wednesday facing two counts of attempted rape and one of sexual assault.

Shay Kaldron, 32, pleaded not guilty to the charge of sexual assault. He did not enter a plea for the two counts of attempted rape as an application to have them dismissed will be heard next month.

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Charity moving

April 24, 2008

Staff and volunteers from Jewish Care’s Golders Green head office, Stuart Young House, will decamp temporarily to Colindale early next month to enable work to start on a £40 million multi-purpose care campus.

This incorporates a 54-bed care home, 45 “extra care” supported living apartments, a day centre and the charity’s offices. Building work is expected to take two-and-a-half years.

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Top marks for Torah Vodaas Primary School

April 17, 2008

The strictly Orthodox Torah Vodaas Primary School has received a glowing report from Ofsted inspectors, who rated it “outstanding”. In Jewish studies and the National Curriculum, the inspectors went further, reporting that “at all stages, many pupils far exceed the levels expected for their ages”. Headteacher Steven Isaacs viewed the commendation as acknowledgement of a “broad and balanced curriculum”, albeit one weighted towards Jewish studies.

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Knives out over meat payment

By Leon Symons, April 17, 2008

A dispute between Bloom’s restaurant and North London kosher butcher Kelman’s took a new turn this week with each saying they were taking the other to the London Beth Din.

Bloom’s declared that it was taking the butcher to the Beth Din and that it had lodged papers last Friday — exactly what Kelman’s had claimed to the JC that it was doing two weeks ago.

At that time, Bloom’s did not wish to comment. But this week, the owner of the restaurant revealed some of the background to the events of the last two weeks.

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Fit for chametz

By Jodie Mablin, April 11, 2008

Golders Green gym-goers are being encouraged to leave their chametz at the local LA Fitness centre.

The gym’s Jewish manager, John Blasebalk, is offering members and non-members guest vouchers in return for their unwanted foodstuffs. Unopened products will be donated to a homeless charity.

Mr Blasebalk reported “a positive response from the community and vouchers have already been handed out to several synagogues. We have a great many Jewish members and this is our chance to give something back.”

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