Redbridge

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.

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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.

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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.”

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Redbridge synagogues renew merger talks

By Leon Symons, July 16, 2009

Ilford Synagogue and Ilford Federation Synagogue have started new talks about a possible merger.

The congregations have both suffered a drop in numbers as a result of members moving to north-west London and Hertfordshire.

Five years ago, the synagogues started short-lived merger talks after it was revealed that membership at Ilford Synagogue, in Beehive Lane, had fallen dramatically. The United synagogue had also built up a deficit of around £400,000.

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Class act for Ivrit lessons

By Cathy Forman, May 7, 2009

Clore Tikva Primary in Redbridge this week formally launched a new programme of Ivrit teaching commissioned by Leo Baeck College.

The curriculum has been piloted since September, when Ivrit classes for pupils were reduced from three to two per week because of a fall in parental contributions at the voluntary-aided school. Clore Tikva’s Hebrew co-ordinator Dalia Wittenberg has developed the UJIA-funded programme.

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Step towards school move

By Cathy Forman, April 30, 2009

Plans to move Ilford Jewish Primary School to a new building next to King Solomon High in Barkingside advanced this week.

A Redbridge Council cabinet committee meeting on Tuesday recommended that council officers be given permission to negotiate with the primary school owners, a United Synagogue trust, to buy the IJPS site.

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Chabad opens kosher shop in Redbridge

By Jessica Elgot, March 26, 2009

Chabad Lubavitch volunteers are offering Redbridge residents a specialist Pesach provisions outlet in Cranbrook Road.

Since the closure of Brownstein’s delicatessen last year, Redbridge Jews have had to rely on mainstream supermarkets for their kosher groceries.

The Chabad venture offers a wide variety of kosher food and drink and home delivery can be arranged.

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King Solomon faces shortfall in pupils

By Leon Symons, March 26, 2009

King Solomon High School in Redbridge has not filled its 150 places after the first round of admissions.

But chair of governors Diana Lazarus remains confident that all places will be taken by the time the school year starts in September.

“We are suffering but we are bearing the repercussions of the opening of Yavneh [in Borehamwood] because pupils who would have come to us from north-west London are now going to their local school.”

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Storm over anti-Israel leaflet

February 5, 2009

Community leaders in Redbridge have accused Liberal Democrats of “a cynical ploy” in running an anti-Israel election campaign in a council ward with a high number of Muslim and Jewish voters.

The charge follows the circulation of a by-election leaflet in Valentines ward including a call from party leader Nick Clegg to “stop arming Israel”, and a reference to the “latest innocent victims in the rubble of a UN school”.

Liberal Democrat Shoaib Patel won the by-election from the Conservatives by 182 votes.

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Rabbis leave faith forum

January 29, 2009

Both Jewish executive members of an interfaith forum which advises Redbridge Council in Essex have resigned after the forum passed a resolution expressing “outrage” at events in the Middle East.

Rabbi Geoffrey Hyman, of Ilford United Synagogue and Rabbi Maurice Michaels of South-West Essex Reform Synagogue announced they were leaving the management committee of the independent Redbridge Faith Forum.

The resolution said that the committee was “outraged by the humanitarian crisis that is taking place in the Holy Land”.

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