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.


Special-needs pupil barred from Israel trip

By Jessica Elgot, February 2, 2012

The father of a 14-year-old King Solomon High School pupil with moderate learning disabilities is "bitterly disappointed" that she is not being allowed to join the Redbridge school's Israel trip.

But King Solomon teachers maintain the girl is unsuited to a mainstream school and have "health and safety" concerns about her going on the Israel tour in May of next year.


Job centre appeals to travelling audience

January 12, 2012

A Jewish employment advisory service operating in Finchley and Redbridge has gone underground in an attempt to reach more community members in need of work-finding assistance.

Resource - which has helped 8,000 people into employment - has launched a poster campaign at Tube stops in major Jewish areas such as Gants Hill, Golders Green and Edgware.


Young artist puts on Shoah exhibit

January 12, 2012

A striking series of artworks by a former pupil of the King Solomon High School in Redbridge are on exhibition at the London Jewish Cultural Centre to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Ela Ward, 18, produced the exhibition, My Jewish Roots, as her commitment to "each new generation ensuring that the atrocities of the Holocaust are not forgotten".

Now studying painting at Nottingham Trent Universi


London Olympics put the spotlight on local rabbis

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2011

Local rabbis will feature prominently within the contingent of 2012 Olympic Jewish chaplains with four rabbis from Redbridge working with Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

The quartet from Redbridge and Essex include official Olympic chaplains, Reverend Gary Newman, from Newbury Park United Synagogue; Rabbi Richard Jacobi, from Woodford Liberal Synagogue; and Rabbi Moshe Muller from Chabad.