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.


JFS pupils make the grade with record A-level results

By Robyn Rosen, August 27, 2009

JFS has reported its best-ever A-level results with 78 of its 226 pupils achieving three or more A grades.

“Results of this calibre owe much to excellent and highly focused teaching, our outstanding home–school relationships and the caring guidance and support every student receives,” JFS head Jonathan Miller said.

Emily Goldblatt achieved five A grades and six others got four — Joshua Bellman, Abie Cohen, Greg Garfield, Mark Graham, Coren Lass and Shelley de Jong.


JLGB sets custard pie fight record

By Jessica Elgot, August 14, 2009

It took 253 people, 648 pies and 200 litres of custard to launch one world record attempt by the Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade for the biggest ever custard pie fight.

The Guinness World Records board drew up 14 pages of rules for the pie fight to qualify for a world record, including specifying the pies must be edible, at least eight inches in diameter and that each person involved in the fight must throw at least two pies.

The campers, on Mersea Island in Essex, smashed the previous record of 120 people in a pie fight from Los Angeles, California, in 2008.


Voluntary contributors

August 13, 2009

Winners of Redbridge Jewish Community Centre’s annual volunteer awards included centre stalwarts Claire and Ivor Baylin.

The Baylins have volunteered at RJCC for 10 years and are heavily involved in its daily life.

Mrs Baylin welcomes people at the door and helps out in the dining room.

Her husband runs bowls and the centre’s afternoon quiz. At this year’s Purim show, she dressed as a cheerleader, while he became a snake charmer for the afternoon.


Huge protests set for BNP festival

By Leon Symons, August 13, 2009

Thousands of anti-fascists from all over the country will be hoping to disrupt the BNP’s annual festival in a Derbyshire village this weekend.

Unite Against Fascism has 43 coaches ready to carry supporters to Codnor, where they will confront the BNP on Saturday during its Red, White and Blue festival.

Anindya Bhattacharyya, UAF press officer, said: “We want to get as many people as possible to protest. We want to put pressure on the BNP to make it clear to anyone going to the festival that the vast majority of people in this country find their views repulsive.”


MAL take it to the max

By Danny Caro, August 11, 2009

Defending champions MAL picked up maximum points after claiming an easy win over Chigwell.

With bonus points almost as crucial as a win in this Maccabi Sunday League clash, Chigwell won the toss and elected to bat.

Given the amount of rain during the week it was no surprise that the outfield felt heavy, but the pitch was dry and hard.

Yoav Lebens and Tony Wise bowled well with the new ball, picking up two wickets each within the first nine overs, to leave Chigwell 28-4 and struggling.


BNP councillor's 'Nazi' number plate

By Jessica Elgot, August 10, 2009

A British National Party councillor has come under fire for driving a car with a number plate which seems to spell 'Nazi'.

Cllr. Julian Leppert, 41, who is councillor for Hainault and a close aide to BNP leader Nick Griffin, arrived at Redbridge council meetings in a black Ford Focus with the registartion number NA51 ZCY.


Redbridge extends its communal campus

By Jessica Elgot, August 6, 2009

Plans for an extended Redbridge Jewish campus incorporating schools, a community centre and, potentially, a synagogue in a multi-million pound project are under serious discussion.

As previously reported, Ilford Jewish Primary School is planning to move to the site of King Solomon High in Barkingside.

The wider scheme will see the Sinclair House community centre transfer there and the vision of Sinclair House chairman Philip Leigh is to add a merged Ilford United/Ilford Federation shul. Subject to funding, he believes Sinclair House will have transferred by 2013.


Reunion in Redbridge

July 23, 2009

As part of the celebrations of Redbridge Jewish Community Centre’s 40th birthday, over 250 people attended a reunion evening, with some of the guests seeing old friends for the first time in 20 years or more.

The event was organised in memory of Saul Keene, who died last year. Mr Keene was regarded by many as “the heart of the centre” as a member, volunteer and employee for more than 30 years. His brother Danny said RJCC “was in Saul’s DNA. He was part of the furniture and truly loved it here.”

The £3.300 raised will benefit RJCC and St Francis Hospice in Romford.


More home comforts

By James Martin in Redbridge, July 23, 2009

State-of-the-art facilities worth £150,000 have been added to a Jewish Blind & Disabled home in Redbridge.

Four mobility flats and a computer room have been installed at Aztec House in Ilford, one of six Jewish Blind & Disabled buildings in the capital.

A charity spokesperson explained that “the apartments will be filled by people from our long waiting list.”