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Frum fitness

By James Martin, October 15, 2009

A “frum gym” opened this week in Hendon to cater for the Orthodox women’s market.

Bournemouth-born Ami Winbourne solicited the opinions of 100 local Orthodox women before launching Contours Express. “The concept of women-only gyms has worked well with religious women from all faiths, who are understandably concerned about modesty. There will be no men on site.” The concept is supported by Ita Symons, chief executive of the Agudas Israel Housing Association, who said it was difficult for Orthodox women to find a suitable excercise venue.

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Motorcyclist dies in crash

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

A Southgate businessman travelling to see his sick mother was killed in a road crash in Hendon.

Raymond Helman, 52, died from head injuries sustained after the silver Honda motorcycle he was riding collided with a black Ford Mondeo in Hendon on September 25.

Police are investigating the incident.

Mr Helman had been going to see his mother, who suffers from dementia and is a resident in a Hendon care home. The funeral took place last week at Waltham Abbey.

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Lib-Dem's Matthew Harris taking on Dismore

October 8, 2009

Lib-Dem Friends of Israel secretary Matthew Harris has been chosen to fight Hendon for the party at the next general election.

Mr Harris, 38, works in public relations. He was raised in Hampstead Garden Suburb and is an Oxford English graduate. Although not affiliated to a synagogue, he is an occasional congregant at shuls including Kol Nefesh Masorti in Edgware.

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Bagel bakery is in hot water over hygiene

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2009

A north London kosher bakery has been fined £3,000 after failing a food safety check because it did not have hot running water to clean equipment.

Hendon Bagel Bakery was found guilty of failing to comply with a hygiene improvement notice served in June last year. The notice required the company to install a hot water supply to a sink in the shop.

As well as the fine, bakery owner Avi Avital was ordered to pay £1,500 costs and a £15 surcharge.

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Coe opens centre named after young cancer victim

By Robyn Rosen, September 24, 2009

A multi-million pound laboratory researching groundbreaking cancer treatments has been named after the late wife of leading football agent, Jon Smith.

Lord Coe officially opened the Lee Smith Foundation Molecular Biology Laboratory in Hendon last week. The foundation was set up in memory of Lee Smith who died from leukaemia 28 years ago at the age of 29 and has raised money for research scientists, treatment and medical equipment throughout the world. The new laboratory will research vaccines for breast and prostate cancer.

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JCoSS: 'It will do exactly what it says on the tin'

By Robyn Rosen, September 10, 2009

True to his key promotional role for the Jewish Community Secondary School, JCoSS head Jeremy Stowe-Lindner happily adopts a famous advertising phrase to encapsulate his hopes for the £50 million project.

Speaking one year ahead of the opening of the cross-communal school in Westbrook Crescent, Barnet, Mr Stowe-Lindner, 35, opines that JCoSS will “do exactly what it says on the tin.

“What we’re trying to do is create an inclusive, outstanding school in a nurturing environment and we can build that from nothing.”

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Brothel family stripped of assets

September 10, 2009

Three members of a Jewish family convicted of running a chain of brothels have been stripped of their remaining assets.

Spencer Rolfe and his sister Adele Lubin were both jailed for 15 months in August last year.

Rolfe, of Green Avenue, Mill Hill, must return £28,500 made through his criminality.

Lubin, of Watford Way, Hendon, was ordered by Southwark Crown Court to pay back £42,000.

Lubin’s son, David Howard, who was given a six-month jail sentence suspended for two years, must now return £30,000 under the Proceeds of Crimes Act.

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Police caution man over street hate rant

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2009

A Filipino man has been cautioned by police after shouting antisemitic abuse at a Jewish passerby in a random attack.

The incident happened as the victim was walking to his car in Bell Lane, Hendon, north west London, at around 10pm on Saturday night.

He was approached by a 42-year-old drunk man who shouted antisemitic insults at him before entering a house.

The 29-year-old victim called the police, who searched the property and found the man hiding on the roof.

Officers talked him down, arrested him, and seized three cannabis plants.

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Star King Solomon student faces next test in army

By Robyn Rosen, August 27, 2009

Eran Dotan has achieved a magnificent seven at A- and AS level.

The 18-year-old King Solomon High pupil who commutes from Hendon to the Redbridge school recorded As in A-level maths, physics, chemistry and modern Hebrew, plus As in AS biology, further maths and Spanish.

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Rabbis row over settlements

By Robyn Rosen, August 20, 2009

A row has broken out after a senior Reform rabbi publicly attacked two high-profile Progressive colleagues over comments made about Israel.

Rabbi Steven Katz, senior minister at Hendon Reform Synagogue, spoke out after the JC published the opinions of prominent British Jews on the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Britain later this month.

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