Stamford Hill

Chief Rabbi opens Lubavitch centre

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2010

Officially opening the £1.5 million Lubavitch Children's Centre in Stamford Hill on Monday, Lord Sacks said he became a rabbi because of the Lubavitch movement.

The Chief Rabbi told more than 150 guests: "In April 1968, I attended the opening of the first Lubavitch building with others and it was the connection made at that wonderful occasion that drew myself and Elaine [Lady Sacks] into the ambit of Chabad Lubavitch. And it changed our lives. I would not be a rabbi, let alone the Chief Rabbi, if Lubavitch did not hold out its hand to me.


TfL rejects Golders Green-Stamford Hill bus

By Robyn Rosen, May 21, 2010

A bridge-building exercise with the Orthodox community by Transport for London officials has been dismissed as a "sham" after suggestions for enhancements in services were rejected.

During a meeting in February called by TfL to improve relations and discuss transport issues, TfL officers pledged to "get discussion going" on a range of issues.

These included relaxing parking restrictions on Shabbat and High Holy-Days, introducing public buses for Jewish school pupils and extending the 210 Brent Cross-Finsbury Park bus route to Stamford Hill.


Side by Side pondering Kisharon merger

By Robyn Rosen, April 29, 2010

The new management of the Side by Side special needs school in Stamford Hill is contemplating a merger with Kisharon in Golders Green in a bid to resolve Side by Side's financial problems.

Yossel Margulies and David Freeman, two of the new team, spoke this week of their efforts to rescue the charity from financial ruin.

Last year, a site purchased by Side by Side for a new school was repossessed after the former management was unable to keep up loan payments.


Hackney North and Stoke Newington: Election 2010

By Bernard Josephs, April 22, 2010

Only in Stamford Hill would you see a posse of bearded Hasidim adorned with party political rosettes, their pockets stuffed with election leaflets.

With the general election on the horizon the strictly Orthodox community — the biggest in Europe — is playing a major role.

Part of the Labour-dominated Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency, the “Hill” is reckoned by local figures to be one place where both the Tories and the Liberal Democrats might improve their performances.


Charedi plan to buy Skinners' School

By Leon Symons, March 18, 2010

Hackney's Charedi community is to renew its efforts to buy the old Skinners' School after councillors rejected a home-building plan for the site.

The planning sub-committee voted 5-4 against Berkeley Homes' proposal to knock down the school and build luxury homes. The decision was greeted with delight by local Charedim who packed the public gallery.

Members of the Belz, Satmar and Lubavitch communities maintain that the site should remain in educational use.


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Paedophile who hid in Stamford Hill jailed

By Marcus Dysch, March 16, 2010

A paedophile who fled to London to escape justice in Israel has been jailed for 13 years for raping a teenage boy.

Nachman Stal lived secretly among the Charedi community in Stamford Hill, north London.

He had left Israel in 2006 after being found guilty of sodomy and indecent assault of a minor.

The father-of-nine was only recaptured by chance in May 2008 when police stopped to help him change a punctured tyre in west London.


Orthodox girls' school is ordered to close

By Robyn Rosen, March 11, 2010

Hackney Council has ordered the closure of a 260-pupil strictly Orthodox girls' school in Stamford Hill.

The council has issued an enforcement notice against Beis Trana School in Upper Clapton Road, giving it until August to stop using the school and play area and to remove play equipment and portacabins.


Simon Marks Primary School searches for fourth head

By Robyn Rosen, March 11, 2010

Simon Marks Primary School in Hackney is searching for a "charismatic" head, who will be its fourth in a short timespan.

Norma Blair-Clayden took over as acting head in November after Nicole Delamere resigned after only a year in charge.

Chair of governors Howard Pallis declined to comment on the job search, Mrs Blair-Clayden's position, or the factors behind the high turnover of head teachers.


Stamford Hill couple attacked by burglars

By Leon Symons, March 11, 2010

A Stamford Hill couple were attacked and tied up by a gang of burglars who broke into their home in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

It is believed the five-strong gang entered the Castlewood Road property through an unsecured window.

They woke the couple, who are in their early thirties. Their children were asleep in other rooms.

After tying them up and assaulting them, the gang took the keys to the husband's office in Clapton Common but failed to open it. They otherwise fled the house empty-handed.