Robyn Rosen

Jewish schools celebrate record A-Level results

By Robyn Rosen, August 20, 2009

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Communal secondary schools have reported record-breaking A-level results.

At Immanuel College in Bushey, 67 per cent of A-levels taken by pupils were passed with an A grade, the highest proportion in the school’s history.

Forty-two per cent of A-level students achieved three or more A grades and the numbers of A and B grade passes jumped from 82 per cent to 90 per cent.

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Taking the plinth for charity

By Robyn Rosen, August 13, 2009

A London teacher is using her hour on Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square to raise money for a charity launched in memory of a young Jewish leukaemia sufferer.

During her time on the plinth next Wednesday, Liz Mendes will release balloons sponsored by viewers of her donation website.

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Residents fight special needs development

By Robyn Rosen, August 13, 2009

Campaigners against the building of a new development for Orthodox families in Stamford Hill will learn today if they can appeal against the plans.

Hackney Council last year approved proposals to redevelop the former Avigdor School site in Lordship Road into a new special needs school and nursery and 29 residential units for Orthodox families.

But hundreds of local residents have opposed the scheme and more than 30 turned up at the High Court last Friday to apply for a judicial review against the council’s decision.

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Cancer charity is building up its caseload

By Robyn Rosen, August 13, 2009

At a time when many organisations are having to cut back, Chai Cancer Care is defying the recession by starting building work on a £1 million extension to its Hendon headquarters.

The expansion project will give Chai more space for its extensive range of services for Jewish cancer patients and their family and friends. It will further allow the charity to increase the number of people it sees each week from 350 to 450. With satellite services in Redbridge, south London and Manchester, Chai will be reaching a weekly audience of 500 when the extension opens next Pesach.

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Swine flu fears lead shul to plan online Yomtov

By Robyn Rosen, August 13, 2009

Maidenhead Synagogue is making the ultimate preparation for a major swine flu outbreak with plans to transfer its High Holy-Day services online.

Minister Rabbi Jonathan Romain says that should the government call for a ban on large public gatherings, he will cancel services and connect with his Reform congregation through the internet, with recordings of prayers, shofar blasts and even sermons.

More immediate precautions include a notice to members urging them to wash their hands before kiddush and the shul is providing extra antibacterial gel dispensers, tissues and dustbins.

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Brigade unveils big changes

By Robyn Rosen, August 13, 2009

The Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade has announced a major revamp of its activities to meet the changing demands of young people.

A JLGB Enterprise Award will replace the Proficiency Badge Scheme which has been a staple of the organisation’s work for over 30 years.

The new award, for 11-to-14-year-olds, is part of an overhaul of its programming and training infrastructure as the brigade prepares to enter its 115th anniversary year in 2010.

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