Robyn Rosen

Stacey Solomon and Dannii Minogue go back to Essex school

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2009

Madness descended on Barkingside this week when X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon visited her former school.

Hundreds of King Solomon High School pupils lined the car park on Tuesday, eagerly anticipating the arrival of the 20-year-old, who left mid-way through her A-levels three years ago.

They chanted and waved homemade banners with the words: “We love Stacey” and “Stacey has the Essex Factor”.

After more than an hour, a blacked-out car glided through the school gates and the crowd went wild.

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Attack on Stamford Hill woman

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2009

A strictly Orthodox woman has been attacked after she disrupted an armed burglar in her home in Stamford Hill.

Police were called at 7.48am on Tuesday to reports of a burglar armed with a knife at an address in St Andrew’s Grove.

The burglar was disturbed by a woman, aged in her 50s, who was attacked by the male suspect, during which she was hit in the face and received a bloody nose and cracked tooth.

The suspect then made off with cash and jewellery. Police searched the area with a helicopter but failed to find the suspect.

No arrests have been made.

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Overseas aid charity sets out its green manifesto

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2009

In the week of the Copenhagen summit on climate change, international aid charity Tzedek has announced plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 10 per cent.

Tzedek also intends to become a "zero waste" organisation, maintaining a sustainable procurement policy favouring local suppliers and further promoting vegetarian food at its events.

"Implementing these policies will not be easy, but this is an issue that is central to achieving our mission statement," said Tzedek executive director Dan Berelowitz.

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Bus link is backed by Boris

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2009

An intervention by Boris Johnson has prompted a potential U-turn by Transport for London over a direct bus link between Golders Green and Stamford Hill.

In June, TfL announced that it “could not justify the cost of introducing a direct service”. However, it has now agreed to a request from the mayor to reconsider extending the 210 bus route.

A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: “He has listened to voices advocating such a link and, although no commitment has been made, he is keen for TfL to explore all options.”

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Rosh Pinah head is to stand down

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2009

Rosh Pinah Jewish Primary head Anthea Abery is to retire at the end of term.

Ms Abery, 61, said she had been waiting until the recent completion of an Ofsted inspection at the 472-pupil school.

Deputy head Judy Greenberg will become acting head and the school will advertise for Ms Abery’s replacement in the new year.

She was appointed head in 2003 after five years in the deputy’s role.

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Protest outside Palestinian carol concert

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2009

More than 60 protesters demonstrated outside a church which held a carol service with alternative songs condemning Israel.

The service was held at St Paul’s in Covent Garden by Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (JBIG) on Tuesday and included readings from Palestinian writer Ghada Karmi, veteran peace campaigner Bruce Kent, Baroness Jenny Tonge and Lauren Booth.

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Tel Aviv fan attacked after Celtic match

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

A 53-year-old man has been arrested after an incident involving Hapoel Tel Aviv fans in a Glasgow pub.

The man was held after allegedly brandishing an offensive weapon in a pub in Sauchiehall Street before Wednesday’s Europa League game against Celtic.

A police spokeswoman said: “A 53-year-old man has been detained by police in relation to brandishing an offensive weapon during a disagreement between two groups of males.

“There are no reports of any person being injured.”

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Unite against college radicals, urges writer

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

Writer and think tanker Douglas Murray has urged pupils at UCL to “make their voices heard” following the university’s decision to cancel a talk by an extremist preacher.

Mr Murray, who is director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, a think tank, spoke to more than 50 pupils at the London university in a lecture organised by the JSoc and asked them to ensure preachers of hatred are not invited on to campus.

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Israeli scientist denies global warming

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

A leading Israeli scientist has renounced the concept of man-made global warming at a lecture given to the British Technion Society, just days before world leaders meet to discuss ways to halt it.

Professor Giora Shaviv, professor of physics at the Technion, claimed that the accepted level of carbon dioxide in the air is wildly exaggerated.

Last week he gave the eighth Ron Arad lecture at the Royal College of Physicians, for the British Technion Society, which raises funds for Israel’s science university.

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LSE union twins with Gaza despite protests

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

The London School of Economics (LSE) will be twinning its union with the Islamic University of Gaza, despite protest from students.

A motion which called for the twinning was carried after 161 students voted in favour and 131 against in a debate organised by LSE Palestine Society.

Students from the Israel Society protested outside with banners saying “Say yes to hummus, no to Hamas”.

The decision was made after Ben Grabiner, chairman of the LSE Israel Society, demanded a recount of the votes after allegations of fraud.

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Church holds anti-Israel Christmas carol service

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

Dozens of protesters demonstrated outside a Baptist church which held a carol concert organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).

The service, entitled Voices of Bethlehem, was held at the Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on Monday.

Protesters waved Israel flags and handed out flyers as more than 200 people attended the service, which included readings from playwright Caryl Churchill, whose play, Seven Jewish Children, caused controversy earlier this year.

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Rabbis ride for a greener future

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

Rabbis will lead a bike ride from Edgware to Radlett Synagogue to promote sustainable living in the Jewish community.

The Jewcycle has been organised by the London School of Jewish Studies’ responsibility unit and the United Synagogue’s Project Chesed.

It will start with a shofar blast on Sunday, the day before the Copenhagen Conference on climate change.

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Ukraine trip gets pupils thinking

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

Eight pupils from King Solomon High in Redbridge have made a “life changing” trip to Ukraine on World Jewish Relief’s first school mission.

They travelled to Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporozhye, visiting Jewish community centres, an orphanage, school and Holocaust memorial. They also met locals in their homes.

The aim was to show the students the reality of Jewish life in the former Soviet Union, and to inspire them to become young WJR ambassadors.

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Toy convoy heading to the Ukraine from batmizvah girl

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

Children in Tikva homes in Odessa, Ukraine, will benefit from the batmitzvah of Noa Sperber, who is asking guests to donate toys.

The Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue member and Haberdashers pupil has responded to an appeal by Project Chesed for toys, disposable nappies and baby wipes for deprived Jewish children.

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Children’s centre opens

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

Lubavitch has opened a £1.5million children’s centre in Stamford Hill. It will be home to a new nursery, offering 36 full-time places, which launches in January for youngsters between three months and five years.

Centre manager Devorah Leah Sudak said: “It’s about providing the opportunity for children to develop their own skills in a Jewish environment.”

Facilities for children and their families include a messy play area and specially designed sofas for mothers with babies. Family services include medical examinations and immunisation, advice and training.

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Celtic reject 'disgraceful' protest at Tel Aviv match

By Robyn Rosen in Glasgow, December 3, 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress has been widely condemned for “politicising football” after it handed out thousands of Palestinians flags at the Hapoel Tel Aviv/Celtic match at Celtic Park in Glasgow.

Campaigners from the STUC and the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign took 10,000 Palestinian flags to distribute to fans entering Celtic’s ground as an “act of solidarity” with Palestinians, almost one year after Israel’s operation in Gaza, Cast Lead.

Dave Moxham, STUC deputy general secretary, insisted that a demonstration at the game was justified.

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Golders Green plans £3m facelift for shul building

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2009

Golders Green Synagogue chiefs are working with architects and heritage organisations on a £3 million refurbishment of the shul’s Grade II-listed premises in Dunstan Road.

“We are concentrating everything into the main building with a glass glazing under the balcony,” said vice-chair Jackie Zinkin. “We’re working very hard to raise the money to get us though the planning stages and kick off the project.”

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Celtic: No Palestinian campaign at football match

By Robyn Rosen, December 1, 2009

Celtic Football Club has opposed calls from the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) for fans to wave Palestinian flags at the Hapoel Tel Aviv match.

The STUC plans to hand out 10,000 Palestinian flags to fans entering the Celtic Park stadium as an “act of solidarity”, almost one year after Operation Cast Lead.

A spokesman from Celtic FC said that the club was “extremely concerned” about the plans and questioned their compliance with UEFA regulations.

He said: “We believe Celtic Park is no place for a political demonstration.

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LSE to twin with Gaza University

By Robyn Rosen, December 1, 2009

The London School of Economics (LSE) will be twinning its union with the Islamic University of Gaza, despite protests from students.

A motion which called for the twinning was carried after 155 students voted in favour and 135 against in a debate organised by the university’s Palestine Society last week.

The decision was made after an appeal by Ben Grabiner, chairman of the LSE Israel Society, to recount the votes following allegations of fraud was rejected.

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LSE and Gaza University vote 'may be fraud'

By Robyn Rosen, November 27, 2009

Votes in a debate which called for the London School of Economics to be twinned with the Islamic University of Gaza are to be recounted after allegations of fraud.

Ben Grabiner, chairman of the LSE Israel Society, demanded a recount after the motion was carried by 155 votes in favour to 135 against. He claimed that some students were caught entering more than one vote at a time.

The motion, put forward by the university’s Palestine Society, was debated yesterday while a “Hummus not Hamas” protest took place outside on behalf of the Israel Society.

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