Robyn Rosen

Nightingale and Hammerson merge

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2011

Britain's largest residential home is planning to expand its specialist services to north London in a merger with another leading care home.

The union means that Hammerson House, based in Hampstead Garden Suburb, north-west London, and in part funded by the Hammerson family, will undergo a major refurbishment to bring it in line with Nightingale's expert nursing and dementia services.

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Library admits failure over 'Jewish plot' book

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2011

Camden Council has admitted that a series of failures led to a book entitled Are English Jews responsible for 9/11? being available on the shelves of a library for the last two years.

Gillian Freedman, a member of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, discovered the book, by Devdas Pradesh and published in America, in Kilburn Library's modern history section.

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Nazi refugee story to star at Fringe

By Robyn Rosen and Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

An American teacher is to bring to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the true story of a child who fled Nazi-occupied Austria, after her diary was donated to him.

Andrew Geha, a teacher at Friends Academy, a Quaker school in New York, was given the diary of Inge Fischer by her niece Lisa Waldstein.

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Jersey's Freddie Cohen to stand down after antisemitic threat

By Robyn Rosen, June 7, 2011

Jersey's planning minister has announced he will not stand for re-election later this year after he was sent an antisemitic death threat.

Senator Freddie Cohen, the former president of Jersey's Jewish community, was bombarded with antisemitic messages on his mobile phone and a blog site last month, including a death threat against him and his family.

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Free schools row over Sacks' backing

By Robyn Rosen, June 2, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has been accused of a U-turn after endorsing plans for an Orthodox school which could offer up to 50 per cent of places to non-Jewish children.

Parents in Golders Green have applied to the government to open a free primary school there. The school has the backing of Lord Sacks and will be presided over by Golders Green United Synagogue's Rabbi Harvey Belovski.

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Cameron's JNF split: it was Israel

By Robyn Rosen, June 2, 2011

Downing Street has changed its explanation for David Cameron's resignation as honorary patron of JNF.

Mr Cameron is now the first British prime minister not to be patron of the charity in the 110 years of its existence.

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Golders Green applies for free school

By Robyn Rosen, May 26, 2011

Parents in Golders Green have applied to the government to open a free primary school which has the backing of the Chief Rabbi.

Golders Green Jewish Primary would be modern Orthodox in outlook. Its supporters want it to open in 2012 as part of the Department for Education's free schools programme, giving parents the power to start their own local schools.

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The wedding panners of Stamford Hill

By Robyn Rosen, May 26, 2011

A strictly Orthodox man featured in a BBC documentary about Chasidic weddings has been ostracised by his synagogue congregation.

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Tesco ban on the Protocols

By Robyn Rosen, May 26, 2011

Tesco has stopped selling The Protocols of the Elders of Zion after a shopper threatened to boycott the supermarket until it removed the controversial book from its website.

Rachel Amdurer, a 44-year-old teaching assistant from Halifax, was searching for Jewish books when she saw the antisemitic forgery for sale.

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Big Brother at a kosher restaurant near you

By Robyn Rosen, May 26, 2011

Talks on using cameras in the kitchens of kosher restaurants have led to accusations of "Big Brother" tactics by the supervisory body.

The scheme could mean officials at the London Beth Din could log in online and access cameras inside its 17 restaurants at any time.

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Stage aid for deaf audience

By Robyn Rosen, May 26, 2011

A group for Jewish deaf and hard of hearing theatre lovers has been set up. It is organised by charity Stagetext, which promotes the use of electronic captions at cultural venues and is funded by charitable trust, City Bridge Trust.

A Jewish board member of Stagetext, Naomi Hayim, formed the group after interest from Jewish deaf people who attend captioned performances.

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Cambridge first for Reform

By Robyn Rosen, May 19, 2011

A £1.7 million purpose-built synagogue in Cambridge has been given the green light by the local city council.

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Sarah Brown's Kinloss confessions

By Robyn Rosen, May 19, 2011

Sarah Brown has spoken of her pride in supporting Jewish charities and her desire to take her family on holiday to Israel.

The wife of the former prime minister addressed a full house of 350 people at Finchley Synagogue on Tuesday in the launch event of the five-week Kinloss Learning Centre programme.

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Jersey Senator reels from racist abuse

By Robyn Rosen, May 19, 2011

Jersey's planning minister has been bombarded with a series of antisemitic messages and a death threat.

Senator Freddie Cohen, the former president of Jersey's 65-family Jewish community, has received "extremely antisemitic" messages on his mobile phone and on a blog site earlier this month, including one death threat towards him and his family.

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A message to the boycotters

By Robyn Rosen, May 19, 2011

This week I attended the country’s largest security event in Birmingham. I would be the first to admit I’m not so techno-savvy so the prospect of walking into an exhibition hall with 600 companies displaying complex technology with some pretty headache-inducing explanations was overwhelming to say the least.

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Advice from Israeli security experts

By Robyn Rosen, May 19, 2011

From iPhone apps warning homeowners they have an intruder, to key-free locks, Israeli companies have shown they are at the forefront of security technology at the UK's largest security event.

Twelve Israeli companies joined 600 others at the annual IFSEC exhibition in Birmingham this week, to show off groundbreaking technology.

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Ilford primary reveals £10m move

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

Ilford Jewish Primary School has announced that its 370 pupils will move to the the nearby King Solomon High site in Barkingside as part of a £10 million project with its current premises being used for a Hindu school.

In August, Redbridge Council invited proposals for a new school on the IJPS site.

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Families want the lessons of 7/7 learned

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

The sister of one of the Jewish victims of the 7/7 bombings has urged that the coroner's recommendations at the inquest should not be "swept under the carpet".

Lady Justice Hallett produced a report at the end of a 19-week inquest into the deaths of 52 people who were among passengers on trains and a London bus targeted by four suicide bombers in London in 2005.

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Man gets 10 months for vile phone rants

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

A man who bombarded the Jewish Chronicle with hundreds of "vile, abusive and antisemitic" phone calls, has been jailed for 10 months.

William James Hannaford, 57, of Euston, who called JC staff "f---ing parasites" and "mosquitoes", was also given a restraining order after repeatedly calling the paper's central London offices.

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Valmadonna goes back on the market

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

The Valmadonna Trust Library is back on the market after a bid for the world's finest collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts fell through.

There were reports last December that the collection of 13,000 volumes was sold to an anonymous buyer at Sotheby's in New York in a sealed bid.

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