School's out for Ilford teacher after 40 years

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

An Ilford assistant head retired this week after 40 years at the same school.

Ray Elias, 61, has taught at Caterham High in Redbridge since qualifying in 1970.

He first taught metal work, but now takes product design, having dabbled in business studies and food technology. He has been assistant headmaster for 20 years. "Whenever I thought about moving on, I got promoted," he explained.

The South West Essex Reform Synagogue member said he had always wanted to teach.


NW Jewish parents seek Ilford school places

By Jay Grenby, June 3, 2010

Hertfordshire parents are contemplating sending their children on a daily cross-London journey to ensure them of Jewish school places.

Over two dozen people attended a meeting at Borehamwood Synagogue at which Ilford Jewish Primary head Roz Levin and governor Howard Kemp talked about the school and its ethos. Unlike in Herts, where many families face disappointment over Jewish school applications, IJPS has 17 places available in its reception class.


Redbridge Jewish Community Centre considers relocation

By Cathy Forman, May 6, 2010

A feasibility study on the Redbridge Jewish Community Centre site is being conducted by the local council, which is considering its purchase to expand the adjacent state secondary school.


Epping Forest: Election 2010

By Bernard Josephs, April 22, 2010

The far right British National Party has appointed its first ever Jewish parliamentary candidate.

But Patricia Feldman Richardson, leader of the four strong BNP group on Epping Forest Council, insists that the party is neither antisemitic nor racist. She describes the mainstream Jewish community's hostility towards it as "blinkered" and accuses it of "demonising" BNP policies.

Her campaign has been largely aimed against what her party claims is the growing number of Muslims in the leafy Essex constituency of Epping Forest, including Loughton, Chigwell and Buckhurst Hill.


Redbridge puts its talent on show for Israel

By Andrew Pentol, April 22, 2010

There was a carnival atmosphere at Jewish Care's Redbridge Community Centre on Monday night as the Yom Ha'atzmaut festivities served as a showcase for youthful talent.

Over 250 people enjoyed the party, many dressed in blue and white, waving Israeli flags and sporting flashing badges. It was one of a series of local events including celebrations at Jewish schools and a gala dinner.


Pupil fall leads to staff cuts at King Solomon

By Robyn Rosen, March 18, 2010

King Solomon High School in Redbridge is planning staffing cuts in response to falling admissions. And the redundancy procedure has been criticised by trade unions, who claim they were not formally consulted.

In recent years, year seven enrolment figures have dropped by more than 20 per cent - from 157 in 2005 to 122 in 2009, which included seven non-Jewish pupils.


Rapper Eprhyme performs at Sandy’s Row shul

By Jessica Elgot, March 4, 2010

Music of a less traditional kind filled a historic East End synagogue on Monday night as a performance by New York rapper Eprhyme launched the Open Jewish Culture festival.


YOGA Classes

By Brenda Soskin, February 25, 2010
Monday 1 March


Matzo Ramble

By Brenda Soskin, February 25, 2010
Sunday 4 April
9:15am - 12:00pm


Former Ilford pupil dies in go-karting accident

By Robyn Rosen, February 22, 2010

A former Ilford Jewish Primary School pupil has died after her scarf became tangled in a go-kart in Hong Kong.

Amy Rose Coxall, 15, was go-karting with friends at the Diamond Coast International Kart Circuit in Tuen Mun when her go-kart reportedly veered off the track and stopped suddenly.

Local reports suggest that Amy was pronounced dead on arrival at the Tuen Mun Hospital at 4.30pm on Wednesday.

Amy was a pupil at Ilford Jewish Primary School for two months in 1999 before her family moved to Hong Kong, where she was a pupil at the Island School.