James Martin

Cup winners showed character, says Rolfe

By James Martin, April 22, 2012

JC BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY FINAL
UJIA 1 North West Neasden C 1 AET (UJIA won 4-2 on penalties)

UJIA’s match-winning goalkeeper Darren Rolfe praised his side for “showing the character to come back from losing the final last year” to win the JC Barry Goldstein Cup final in a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Neasden C at Wingate & Finchley.

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Brits boost Israel at the Euros

By James Martin, November 3, 2011

Scrum half Eitan Humphreys helped Israel to its second Nations Cup success in the space of a week after the team ran in four tries to defeat Norway 22-11.

Humphreys, who retained his place in the side that had beaten Austria in Vienna, lined up alongside 2009 Maccabiah GB star Matt Frankfurt, who regained his starting place in the front row.

Humphreys, 21, and a member of the Nottingham Univ

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Serving suggestions

By James Martin, October 18, 2011

Kosher caterers aim to offer the perfect blend of tradition and innovation.
Chives, run by Ryan Binun, places particular emphasis on event presentation.

"With bar/batmitzvahs, we can be very adventurous," says Ryan.

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Zinger reveals 2012 medal hopes

By James Martin, October 6, 2011

The head of Israel's National Olympic Committee is hoping his squad for London 2012 will produce the first female medallist for 20 years.

Efraim Zinger is also targeting a medal in a sport other than windsurfing or judo for the first time.

Zinger, a former Jewish Agency emissary to Boston, has headed the committee since 1995.

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Disabled sailors win team gold

By James Martin, August 11, 2011

Israel's disabled sailing team won the gold medal at the World Championship of the International Federation of Disabled Sailors in Weymouth.

At the end of 11 rounds of gruelling competition on the South Coast, Dror Cohen, Benny Vexler and Arnon Efrati won the three-person Sonar class ahead of Great Britain's John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas, whom they overtook going into the fina

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Bornstein and Feilhaber make USA World Cup squad

By James Martin, May 27, 2010

Former Maccabiah aces Jonathan Bornstein and Benny Feilhaber will both grace the ultimate world stage after earning selection for the USA squad at next month's World Cup.

Bornstein, 25, appears to have benefited from staying in the MLS, where he has become a regular at Chivas- formerly coached by national manager Bob Bradley.

And Feilhaber, who was a late addition to the 30-man squad after only just recovering from a long-term injury for his club side Aarhus of Denmark, was a surprise inclusion. Both are hoping to start against England in a little of two weeks' time.

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Neasden complete Jewish FA Cup treble

By James Martin, May 17, 2010

North West Neasden A joint-manager Jamie Cole hailed his side as “the best Maccabi league team ever” after winning the Peter Morrision Cup for the third year in a row thanks to a 3-1 win over Faithfold A.

A Jake Gottlieb free-kick and a double from Ben Eliis had the game sewn up in an hour. Cole said: " Our boys have really grown up over the last three seasons. To win a league or cup once can be done by many teams, but year-on-year success proves you are a great team. All of our side are good enough be in next summer’s European Maccabi Games squad.”

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Dean Furman out of World Cup Squad

By James Martin, May 13, 2010

WORLD CUP Dean Furman's World Cup dreams appear to be over after he was left out of South Africa's 29-man training squad.

Furman, 21, who has played more than 70 matches for Rangers, Bradford City and Oldham Athletic, has been called up once by his country - as an unused substitute in a friendly against Australia in 2008.

He has not featured since Carlos Alberto-Parreira took over as coach.

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Murrell late show frustrates Neasden

By James Martin, May 6, 2010

Southgate Harmen blew the Division One promotion race wide open as a late wonder strike from Ben Murrell saw them leapfrog Neasden in the race for promotion.

Neasden had only themselves to blame as they failed to build on a good start given to them by leading scorer Ryan Sher. They paid the penalty as goals by Craig Phillips and Murrell means Harmen can go four points clear in second if they beat Oakwood on Sunday.

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Cole ready to ditch stars as Reps reach cup final

By James Martin, April 29, 2010

Jamie Cole admits that he faces a major selection headache after his patchwork JC MSFL Rep team advanced to the final of the London Inter-League Cup.

Goals from Ben Ellis and Danny Daggers clinched a 2-0 win over the North London and South Herts League side at Brimsdown Rovers as a depleted Maccabi League followed up their opening victory over the Turkish Federation League in style .

Devoid of the likes of Paul Hakim, Adam Stolerman and Daniel Stanton, Maccabi progressed thanks to graft rather than skill, and a little luck - as they survived an early onslaught.

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Norstar held by last minute Glenthorne goal

By James Martin, April 29, 2010

Glenthorne United boss David Blitz is predicting a bright future for his side as they finished off a dramatic season for the club by grabbing a last-minute equaliser to keep alive their automatic promotion hopes against fellow high-flyers Norstar.

Facing a five-way tussle to go up from the JC MSFL Division Four, it looked like a season which has seen Glenthorne's A team fold from the Premier League, would end in defeat for Blitz's men, after an 82nd minute strike by Nick Benson put Norstar ahead.

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Lawrence late shot denies Norstar B

By James Martin, April 26, 2010

Glenthorne United boss David Blitz is predicting a bright future for his side as they finished off a dramatic season for the club by grabbing a last-minute equaliser to keep alive their promotion hopes against rivals UJS Norstar B.

Facing a five-way tussle to go up from the JC MSFL Division Four, it looked like a season which has seen Glenthorne’s A team fold from the Premier League, would end in defeat for Blitz’s men, after an 82nd minute strike by Nick Benson put UJS Norstar B ahead.

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MSFL Rep team reaches cup final

By James Martin, April 23, 2010

Jamie Cole admits that he faces a major selection headache after his patchwork JC MSFL Rep team advanced to the final of the London Inter-League Cup.

Goals by winger Ben Ellis and a wonder strike from Danny Daggers ensured a 2-0 win over the North London and South Herts League side at Brimsdown Rovers on Thursday night.

Devoid of the likes of Paul Hakim, Adam Stolerman and Daniel Stanton, Cole’s side booked their place in the final next month thanks to graft rather than skill, and a little luck - as they survived an early onslaught.

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Israel promoted from Euro Nations group

By James Martin, April 22, 2010

Two English-based players were instrumental in helping Israel earn promotion from their European Nations Cup group.

Captain Nimrod Kaplan, who plays for London Scottish and Matan Brosh of Barnes helped Israel run in six tries in a 39-0 win against a Greece side coached by France legend Olivier Magne.

Number eight Kaplan ran in two tries, with number three Brosh scoring once, as Israel moved into the fifth tier out of seven for European rugby-playing nations outside of the Six Nations.

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Hendon United won't give up title

By James Martin, April 15, 2010

Hendon United A manager David Garbacz insisted his side "won't let go of our trophy" after an excellent display took them past Premier Division rivals Faithfold and booked a place against London Lions A in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final.

Reflecting on his side's performance, achieved without the services of Alex Gilbert, Josh Bentley and Greg Corin, Garbacz proclaimed Hendon the "best Jewish footballing team in the country," and at times, their pass and move football matched that statement.

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Belmont rabbi moves to smaller Hendon synagogue

By James Martin, March 25, 2010

Rabbi Daniel Roselaar is leaving the 600-family Belmont Synagogue to take up a part-time position with the 200-strong Alei Tzion congregation in Hendon.

Alei Tzion members approved the appointment at an EGM on Sunday after Rabbi Roselaar and his wife Na'amah met the community over Shabbat, with the rabbi giving an address during the morning service.

"Delight" at the appointment was expressed by Nathan Woodward, co-chair of Alei Tzion, which is based at the London School of Jewish Studies and describes itself as a "vibrant modern Orthodox Zionist kehillah.

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Munich massacre remembered at 2012 Olympics

By James Martin, March 18, 2010

Sir Keith Mills, deputy chairman of LOCOG, is planning to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Munich Massacre at the London 2012 Olympics.

"We should certainly find a way of incorporating a commemoration into the Games. Not just in memory of those who were killed but also for the victims of other tragedies, such as the terrorist act at Atlanta," said Sir Keith, who admitted "the details still need to be discussed".

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UJS Norstar A complete league double

By James Martin, March 18, 2010

UJS Norstar A demonstrated championship quality as they twice came from behind to complete a league double over title rivals Montana Boca United B.

This JC MSFL Division Three contest failed to hit the heights although after a last-minute winner from Eli Houri, with his second of the game, Norstar were not complaining.

Norstar manager Phil Peters said: "We knew that we had team spirit and proved today that we won't lie down and get beaten.

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Consultant rabbi for Hampstead Garden Suburb

By James Martin, March 18, 2010

Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue has appointed Rabbi Dr Jeffrey Cohen as consultant minister while the shul's selection committee searches for a permanent replacement for Rabbi Reuven Livingstone, who left at the end of February. Rabbi Cohen, formerly of Stanmore Synagogue and an ex-assistant rabbi at HGS, will deal with halachic issues alongside community director Rabbi Anthony Knopf.

Chazan Avromi Freilich will continue to assist on pastoral visits.

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Kisharon boy's benefit from Pesach appeal

By James Martin, March 18, 2010

A 10-year-old boy who has benefited from the services of special needs charity Kisharon is the focus of its Pesach appeal.

Eden is said to have "grown in both confidence and independence" since becoming a pupil at the Kisharon Day School in Golders Green. "Eden loves joining in the varied lessons and special events and we enjoy helping him to develop," said deputy head Sora Kopfstein.

Kisharon is hoping to raise £30,000 for its work for Jewish children and adults with learning difficulties.

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