Stamford Hill

Make mine a service — pub to become shul

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2008

There will soon be a new synagogue for Stamford Hill's Bobov community - The Swan pub in Clapton Common.

The building has been bought for around £1 million and will be turned into a synagogue and meeting rooms.

It is thought to be the first time a British pub has been used in this way.

Once the refurbishment is completed, it is estimated that 150 people will be able to use the complex at any one time for services or other activities.

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Skinner's girls help at Brenner Community Centre

August 1, 2008

As part of a Hackney programme to get schoolchildren helping in the community, year-10 pupils from the Skinners' Company's Girls' School tidied the roof garden at Jewish Care's Brenner Community Centre. Brenner's Denise Alexander reports that the girls spent part of the day chatting to members.

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S Pinter Youth Project choir perform for Schonfeld Square home for the elderly

July 25, 2008

Fifteen girls from the S Pinter Youth Project choir performed for residents at the Schonfeld Square home for the elderly. Project manager Dolly Sharf said that involvement in the choir had given the girls more confidence.

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£150,000 raised for Side by Side

July 21, 2008
Around £150,000 was raised for Side by Side - an integrated nursery and special needs school for the Charedi community - from its annual Chinese auction, held at the Yesodey Hatorah School. The ladies-only fundraiser was supported by over 1,000 women, who were entertained by New York comedienne Leah Forster. Among items up for grabs were a trip to New York, a diamond pendant and a £1,000 gift card. Side by Side is embarking on a £10 million project for new school premises.

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Rabbi buys back shul

July 11, 2008
A Stamford Hill synagogue due to be auctioned next week will now not be sold, the JC has learned. The building, in Upper Clapton Road, Hackney, had been listed with auctioneers Barnett Ross at a reserve price of £825,000, and was due to be sold next Tuesday, July 15. The JC understands that receivers had been called in to sell the property, but the synagogue’s original owner, Rabbi Moshe Meisels, bought it back.

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Charedi youth beaten unconscious by teen gang

By Leon Symons, June 20, 2008

A teenage boy was attacked and beaten unconscious by a gang of up to eight youths while on his way to his home in North London on Sunday afternoon.

The gang, thought to be aged between 10 and 14, then ran off with his kippah and tefillin, leaving the 15-year-old unconscious on the pavement, with bruises around his eye and nose, and bleeding from a cut lip.

The youth, who lives in Stamford Hill, was taken to Homerton Hospital by the Hatzolah ambulance service and was kept in overnight for observation.

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Pre-schoolers attend lag b'omer parade

June 6, 2008

A lag b’omer parade starting from the UK Lubavitch headquarters involved the movement’s kindergartens and schools. Civic and Lubavitch leaders were also present. The children marched along Stamford Hill carrying banners on Jewish themes and singing traditional songs.

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Shtreimel gangs target Charedim

By Dana Gloger, May 30, 2008

Charedi men have been targeted by muggers who have stolen their fur shtreimels in a wave of attacks across North-East London.

The incidents have all taken place in Stamford Hill, which is home to the largest Charedi community in Europe.

Two of the attacks happened last Friday evening and in the early hours of Saturday. 

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Norwood aids Charedim

May 2, 2008

A collaboration with Norwood has enabled a Stamford Hill group offering out-of-school activities for Charedi youngsters with disabilities to improve its facilities.

Step by Step has moved its weekly Sunday Club to Norwood’s Somers Centre in Hackney — a purpose-built facility incorporating a main play area, adventure playground, garden, soft play room and arts and crafts provision.

The group made an approach to Norwood over use of the premises, “and we were delighted to accommodate them, as we have very good relations”, a spokesman told the JC.

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Charity told to repay rabbi £322k

By Simon Rocker, April 11, 2008

A North London rabbi has won a High Court claim to be repaid more than £322,000 by a strictly Orthodox charity which he says was intended as a loan, not a gift.

Rabbi Moshe Meisels, from Stamford Hill, had sued supporters of the anti-Zionist Satmar Chasidic sect who raised funds for a charity, the Yetev Lev Jerusalem Trust.

On Wednesday, Mr Justice Blake hoped “that the bitter controversy this claim has created within the synagogues of Stamford Hill will now abate”.

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