Stamford Hill

Turn off that phone - you're in synagogue

By Jessica Elgot, March 1, 2012

Mobile phone "addiction" has even penetrated the strictly Orthodox Stamford Hill community, prompting religious leaders to ban their use in synagogues.

A declaration has been signed by the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations Beis Din and more than 60 Hackney rabbis and school heads.

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Going Side by Side with school

February 16, 2012

Ken Livingstone was among the speakers at what is thought to be the largest fundraising event staged by the Stamford Hill community.

Seven-hundred guests at a central London dinner raised £500,000-plus for the Side by Side integrated nursery and special needs school.

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Kisharon centres could shut in service revamp

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

Learning disability charity Kisharon could close day centres in Hackney and Golders Green to facilitate users' greater integration within the mainstream community.

Kisharon chief executive Bev Jacobson said the charity had been given around a year by Hackney Council to examine ways the services offered by the Stamford Hill day centres could be provided by alternative means.

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Stamford Hill shul is 'blocking the sunlight' of local residents

By Jessica Elgot, January 19, 2012

Hackney Council claims that a strictly Orthodox synagogue, built without planning permission in Stamford Hill, is "blocking the sunlight" of nearby families and says its extension must be demolished.

The synagogue, in Bethune Road, was served with an enforcement notice and given three months to demolish an extension and turn the building back into a family home.

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Calvin Klein bra advert ruled OK despite Charedi complaint

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2012

A claim that a lingerie advert placed on buses that ran through Stamford Hill was "offensive" and "irresponsible" has been rejected by the advertisers' watchdog because there was "no explicit nudity".

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Special school appoints

December 29, 2011

Gerald Lebrett starts next week as head of Stamford Hill integrated nursery and special needs school, Side by Side.

He has been head of learning support at Norwood since 2004 and his educational career has also taken in Kisharon and the Menorah Primary.

Side by Side chairman Yossel Margulies said the appointment "marks a new and exciting era for Side by Side.

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Housing body wins planning battle against Hackney Council

By Jessica Elgot, December 22, 2011

A strictly Orthodox Housing Association has won a battle against Hackney Council to build 13 new homes in Stamford Hill.

Agudas Israel's chief executive Ita Symons said they had plans turned down twice by Hackney councillors to develop the site of the former Persian Synagogue. Construction on 13 new family homes will begin in East Bank, behind Ajex House, in January.

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Stamford Hill pensioner killer jailed

By Jessica Elgot, December 20, 2011

A man who tied an 83-year-old woman to a chair while he ransacked her home and stole her jewellery, leaving her to die of hypothermia, has been jailed.

Polish-born Szymon Wyrostek, 26, will serve nine years for manslaughter, burglary and robbery of Eveline Kelmenson, at her home in Stamford Hill.

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London synagogue initiatives attract the votes of politicians

November 24, 2011

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone joined Muswell Hill teenagers clearing litter from Cherry Tree Wood as part of a Mitzvah Day venture. The Hornsey and Wood Green MP said she "really enjoyed the good clear up, with some spring bulb planting to top it off. I am always excited to join the local synagogue for this wonderful day of community action.

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Boris on song at housing launch

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

London Mayor Boris Johnson praised the "energy and dynamism" of the Stamford Hill community at the opening of a £12 million housing project for strictly Orthodox residents on Monday.

Mr Johnson attended the launch of the Stoke Newington Avigdor Mews project by Agudas Israel Housing Association in 2008, and returned to officially open the 29 flats on completion.

"We have to make sure homes a

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