Redbridge area Progressive shuls vote for merger

September 29, 2016

Following in the footsteps of Redbridge Orthodox communities, the two local Liberal congregations have voted overwhelmingly to amalgamate.

In parallel EGMs on Sunday, members of Bet Tikvah (Barkingside) and Woodford Liberal synagogues supported the dissolution of their existing shuls and the formation of a new single congregation.

The unification will take effect from January 1, creating a c


Regev in Redbridge

September 29, 2016

Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev addressed an audience of more than 200 at Jewish Care's Redbridge community centre, discussing Israel's image, place in the world and its relationship with British Jewry.

He also took part in a Q&A and met members of the centre's youth leadership programme.

The event was organised by Smadar Taff, the community's Israeli representative.


Memories that are so touching for residents

August 12, 2016

A photo album can showcase a treasure trove of memories. But with Sheree Charalampous's textured photo books, the compilation process is just as important.

Ms Charalampous has been working with residents of Jewish Care's Vi and John Rubens (Redbridge) and Clore Manor (Hendon) homes to produce tactile albums as part of the charity's creative arts development programme.


New Forest minister is hailed by the Chief

By Josh Jackman, July 29, 2016

Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg was moved by the tribute of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis at his induction service at Woodford Forest United Synagogue, which was attended by 250 people.

"He spoke about my personal qualities, about my community service and about getting involved, not because it was good for me, but because it was the right thing to do, which I really appreciated," Rabbi Wollenberg said


Campus rebuild is big on independent living

By Josh Jackman, July 15, 2016

Jewish Care has unveiled plans for a £22 million project to overhaul its community centre in Redbridge, including the addition of 50 independent living flats. The current premises will be demolished and replaced with a modern facility incorporating a 700-capacity auditorium.


French honour D-Day veteran who was at Nuremberg trials

By Naomi Firsht, March 10, 2016

A Second World War veteran who was present at the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals is to be awarded France's highest accolade, the Legion of Honour.

Leslie Sutton, 91, served as a corporal in the RAF and took part in the D-Day landings at Omaha Beach, Normandy.


Flying the rainbow flag at King Solomon High

By Charlotte Oliver, December 10, 2015

It may be cold, dark and grey outside, but King Solomon was awash with rainbow colours last week as it raised awareness for LGBT issues.

For five days, the Redbridge school's halls were lined with posters and rainbow flags, while classes and activities were dedicated to promoting awareness and tolerance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.


Orient stars enjoy their home victory

November 19, 2015

There was a "home" fixture for Leyton Orient footballers Sam Ling and Scott Kashket when they visited Jewish Care's Vi and John Rubens House in Redbridge as the club's Mitzvah Day contribution.

The players chatted with residents, staff and volunteers and handed out tickets for an upcoming Orient game.


It's all change at Ilford nursery

By Jay Grenby, April 20, 2015

Educational provision at the Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School nursery has been taken over by an external provider. As of the new term, it is being operated by Little Bicks, which runs Jewish nursery schools in Borehamwood and Mill Hill.


Is merging synagogues the only way for Essex's future?

By Josh Jackman, April 2, 2015

In the 1970s, Redbridge boasted Europe's largest Jewish population of 30,000. But a gradual decline as younger members decamped to north London accelerated between 2001 and 2011, during which it lost almost a third of its remaining population, falling from second to sixth among UK communities.