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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


Religious Education committee hears of spirituality

April 17, 2008

Spirituality, religious education and the special school was the theme of Anne Krisman, who delivered the annual lecture of Redbridge Sacre, the Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education. Eighty teachers from a range of faiths attended the talk at Redbridge Teachers’ Centre. Ms Krisman, a member of South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue, is head of religious education at Little Heath Foundation School.


Survivor tribute

By Lee Lixenberg, April 3, 2008

Redbridge Council leader Alan Weinberg is backing a campaign to erect a local memorial to Auschwitz survivor Leon Greenman, who died recently, aged 97.

Councillor Weinberg was responding to calls from Redbridge rabbis and Ilford MPs Lee Scott and Mike Gapes for a fitting tribute to Mr Greenman, who lost his wife, mother-in-law and son in the Polish death camp. After the war, he devoted much of his time to lecturing about the Holocaust, particularly to young people.

Proposals for the memorial include an abstract sculpture in the Peace Park segment of Ilford’s Valentine’s Park.