Rabbi is chaplain to Muslim mayor of Redbridge

September 20, 2012

A rabbi has become chaplain to the Muslim mayor of Redbridge.

Rabbi David Hulbert of Bet Tikvah Synagogue in Barkingside has been selected by the new mayor, Councillor Mohammed Javed, to be one of five chaplains of different faiths during his year of office.

It is the first time a multi-faith chaplaincy has been chosen in the London borough.


Essex Jewish News editor retires

September 20, 2012

Manny Robinson, a former Evening Standard journalist and Jewish Chronicle columnist, has retired as editor of the community newspaper in Redbridge, the Essex Jewish News, after 40 years.


Ilford Federation shul plans move

By Simon Rocker, August 23, 2012

Ilford Federation Synagogue has put its Coventry Road building up for sale and has its eye on a new home a mile away.

The 450-family congregation hopes to move north to the Jewish Care-owned Dennis Centre in Beehive Lane.

But the plan will depend on Redbridge Council granting planning permission to convert the centre into a synagogue.


Redbridge golfers exceed £1.5m for charity

July 5, 2012

Redbridge Aid Golf Society (Rags) has taken its fundraising tally beyond £1.5 million with the £145,000 earned from its 42nd tournament, held at Abridge and contested by more than 100 players.


South West Essex and Settlement Reform appoints Rabbi Nancy Morris

July 5, 2012

Rabbi Nancy Morris will return to the UK in late summer to become South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue’s new minister.

She has been back in her native Canada serving a Calgary congregation following her time with Glasgow Reform Synagogue, where she was Scotland’s first female rabbi.


Redbridge teen is a model Miss England entrant

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2012

An aspiring teenage model from Ilford is hoping to win a place in the next Miss World contest.

Lauren Peters, 17, is among the youngest of the 60 finalists in Miss England, who will be crowned on June 26.


Ilford Jewish Primary shares site with Hindus

By Cathy Forman, May 24, 2012

Ilford Jewish Primary staff and pupils will be sharing their Barkingside site with a school for Hindu children.

The Avanti Court Primary is set to open in September. As construction work on the new IJPS building at the nearby King Solomon campus will take at least a year, the primaries will share some facilities.


Michael Mather scares off robbers

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2012

Michael Mather last boxed during his RAF service in the mid-1950s. But the Redbridge pensioner showed a pair of would-be thieves that he could still pack a punch.

The 77-year-old was outside his Clayhall home when two teenage boys wearing hoodies approached him, asking whether they could use his toilet. When he refused, they attempted to force their way in.


Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” presented by Chapel End Savoy Players

By finklem, May 21, 2012
Wednesday 23 May
7:45pm - 26 May 2012, 10:15pm


Rain causes synagogue ceiling collapse

By Cathy Forman, May 10, 2012

A large part of the ceiling at South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue has collapsed, leaving rainwater to pour through a gaping hole in the 20-year-old prayer hall, flooding the floor and drenching seats. Scrolls, prayer books and other portable items were removed undamaged.

"The shul, sadly, is unusable," said congregation chair Jan Mortlock.