Redbridge

School in knife scare

January 15, 2009

A security lock-down was implemented at King Solomon High in Redbridge on Monday after reports that a knife-wielding youth was heading towards the school.

Police advised staff to gather pupils together while they searched the premises. A 15-year-old boy was eventually detained nearby and police said there was no evidence that he had intended to enter the school. He appeared at Redbridge Youth Court on Tuesday charged with possession of a bladed article. He received a six-month referral order to report to the Youth Offending Team.

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Redbridge Community Centre joins forces with Israeli and American centres

September 12, 2008

Jewish Care's Redbridge Community Centre is the newest member of a partnership involving other centres in America and Israel. Representatives have just returned from a fact-finding visit to Staten Island's Jewish Community Centre. Robin Jacobs, Jewish Care's service manager for community centres, said the exchange was "a great opportunity to share experiences and good practice". Both the Americans and a visiting Israeli community centre chief were particularly interested "in how we engage people in leadership programmes and about volunteer programmes".

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King Solomon High School pupils pass Wizo Apprentice test

July 22, 2008

King Solomon High School pupils have passed their own Apprentice test in a Wizo competition supporting the charity's projects in Israel. Joel Russell, Daniel Shapiro, Bradley Hart, James Park, Craig Marks and Bradley Garber had to produce a business plan for a fundraising growth venture.

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Lessons of Shalit’s story

July 10, 2008

Activities about captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit have been a feature of a visit this week by teachers from the Kerner Primary in Meona, Northern Israel, to the Clore Tikva Primary in Redbridge under the aegis of the UJIA Schools to Schools project.

During his time as a Kerner pupil, Gilad Shalit wrote a story about the morality of friendship and peace which was discovered at the school after his capture.

The story has since been published in Israel with illustrations by Israeli artists.

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Deli shuts in Ilford

By Lee Lixenberg, June 5, 2008

Redbridge community leaders are bemoaning the closure of Brownstein’s kosher deli, a fixture of local Jewish life for almost 60 years.

The Gants Hill deli shut without warning last week, only a few weeks after the closure of nearby butcher Ilford Kosher Meats.

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Care centre's parking plea

By Lee Lixenberg, May 29, 2008

Jewish Care is pleading with Redbridge Council parking chiefs to adopt a common sense approach to drivers leaving their cars near the Vi and John Rubens and Dennis centres in Gants Hill, following complaints about over-officious wardens.

Among the complainants is Chigwell pensioner Stanley Posner, who was given a parking ticket outside Rubens House while visiting his 101-year-old mother-in-law.

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Youthful slant to Ilford party

By Craig Silver, May 8, 2008

A sell-out 300-plus crowd was in a party mood at Jewish Care's Sinclair House on Wednesday evening as the Redbridge community marked Israel’s 60th birthday.

Top marks for school inspection

May 8, 2008

King Solomon High invited the Borough of Redbridge to carry out a whole school inspection. The two-day inspection was run as an Ofsted inspection with three inspectors looking at every aspect of school life. The inspectors found the Barkingside secondary to be a good school with some outstanding features. Headteacher Spencer Lewis said: “It is very pleasing to hear that the inspectors have judged the work we are doing so favourably.”

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Primary school commemorates Yom Hashoah

May 8, 2008

Yom Hashoah was commemorated by pupils and staff at Ilford Jewish Primary School with a special assembly. After readings by headteacher Roz Levin and Year Six pupils, a yahrzeit candle was lit and a one-minute silence observed.

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Kosher butcher shuts in Ilford

By Lee Lixenberg, April 24, 2008

A Redbridge kosher butcher has closed after more than four decades of trading.

Ilford Kosher Meats, whose premises were opposite Ilford Synagogue in Beehive Lane, shut up shop just before Pesach, leaving customers looking to the area’s other two kosher butchers for their supplies.

The closure, following the retirement of owner Brian Brown, was a sad loss to the community, said Ilford Synagogue chairman Maurice Shear.

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