Redbridge

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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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 11, 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 6, 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 30, 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 9, 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 9, 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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