Swine flu suspected at Jewish schools

By Jessica Elgot, July 3, 2009

Two London Jewish schools have suspected cases of swine flu.

A boy at JFS whose sister was diagnosed with the virus last week is being tested for the virus but the results of the test have not been disclosed.

Kerem House Nursery in Hampstead Garden Suburb has also had a swine flu scare when a number of staff members were taken ill and the school has been closed since Monday until reopening yesterday.

JFS said the school "is taking and following the regular advice from both the local authority and the area health authority".


A Knockout £40K for One Family

July 2, 2009

Over £40,000 for victims of terror in Israel was raised by the sixth It’s A Knockout day for youngsters organised by the Care 4 Kids committee in aid of One Family UK.

Held at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Elstree, the event brought together 600 pupils from schools including Hasmonean, JFS, Immanuel, Yavneh, Rosh Pinah, Sinai and Mathilda Marks.

As well as the games, there were arts and crafts activities, a bouncy castle and face painting, plus child friendly refreshments such as popcorn and candyfloss.


JFS receives top marks from Ofsted inspectors

May 21, 2009

JFS has been commended by Ofsted inspectors in their second report since its move to Kenton in 2002.

Concluding that “the school’s overall effectiveness is outstanding”, the inspectors noted a high quality of teaching: “Students know what is expected of them and, as a result, they tackle their work with confidence.”

The inspectors were also impressed by pupils’ moral, social and cultural development, by the “excellent” sixth-form education and by the JFS management and leadership.


Friends honoured

By James Martin, May 7, 2009

A new gymnasium —named in honour of two former active youth members in Kenton — is the centrepiece of a £70,000 refurbishment programme which will act as “a community hub” for north-west London Jews.

Kulanu, formerly the Kenton Youth Centre, celebrated the completion of six months of refurbishments on Tuesday with a reception which was attended by Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, and over 100 others, and included the unveiling of a state-of-the art gymnasium, and sports facilities including a full-size snooker table and table tennis tables.


JFS win Brent Schools Cup

By Danny Caro, May 1, 2009

JFS 1st XI won the Year 12-13 Brent Schools Football Cup after beating Copeland 5-2 in the final at Kingsbury Town. Braces from Oliver Henry and Aaron Salamon along with one from Ben Ellis earned the Sixth Formers silverware to cap off an excellent season.

JFS captain Sean Ladier said: "It was great day for us all to claim some silverware to end the season on a high over our opponents Copeland who were by no means push over’s.


JFS chair: ‘Schools will not fill places in 2010’

By Leon Symons, April 2, 2009

The chair of governors of Britain’s biggest Jewish comprehensive has predicted that waiting lists for places in London’s three mainstream state secondaries will disappear next year, when the Jewish Community Secondary School opens in Barnet.

JFS chair Russell Kett believes “at least one, if not all three of the schools will be seriously affected as a result of the opening of JCoSS”.


War veterans go on London tour

August 1, 2008

The changin of the Guard, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Blenheim Palace were among tourist attractions visited by nine war veterans, their carers and two doctors who were hosted by the British Friends of Israel War Disabled Kenton group. MP Louise Ellman showed the party around the Commons.


Sinai School celebrates Hebrew-reading pupils

June 13, 2008

A ceremony was held at the Michael Sobell Sinai School for the 90 Year 1 pupils who have completed a Hebrew reading programme. The pupils also performed a medley of songs they had learned during the year and each received a siddur which they will use at morning prayers throughout their time at Sinai.


JFS celebrate Israel's 60th with music and dance

May 23, 2008

JFS pupils celebrated Israel’s 60th birthday with a special morning service and breakfast, stalls selling Israeli produce, and music and dancing. A highlight was a giant “art attack” on the school football pitch as over 900 students stood side-by-side to create a giant Israeli flag. School decorations included a time tunnel, detailing Israel’s history, and Israeli soldiers were among the day’s guest speakers.


Good year for Harrow's women volunteers

May 2, 2008

An active volunteering year was reported at the annual meeting of Harrow and Kenton League of Jewish Women. Members help to run a shop at a Jewish Care home and hospital refreshment facilities. Helen Green chairs the committee, which also includes Sandra Sewell, Lily Isaacs, Renee Simion, Judith Barnet, Renee Cohen, Zelda Fineburgh, Phyllis Kaye, Mamie Hyams and Doris Italiaander.