Barry Toberman

Drinking in atmosphere at kosher wine showcase

By Barry Toberman, February 4, 2013

Glasses were raised to Kedem Europe in central London on Monday as 800 people ate, drank and were socially merry at its annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience.

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Cameron: Learn lessons of the Holocaust

By Barry Toberman, January 24, 2013

Penning his contribution to the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment against prejudice and racism on Monday, David Cameron warmly recalled how he had originally become aware of the HET’s activities.

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Southend care home takeover

By Barry Toberman, November 29, 2012

Agreement has been reached on the sale of Jewish Care’s Southend residential home, Raymond House, to a local care provider.

The loss-making home had been under threat of closure but concerned local supporters urged the charity to look for a buyer.

On Tuesday, Jewish Care announced that Raymond House had been purchased by Javed Rashid, whose family runs two homes in the area.

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Ahrens claims second pro win

By Barry Toberman, November 29, 2012

Israeli prospect Danny “Kid” Ahrens impressed a predominantly Jewish crowd with an accomplished second professional win in central London on Monday.

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Buyer found for closure-threatened Southend care home

By Barry Toberman, September 14, 2012

Jewish Care’s Southend residential home, Raymond House, looks set to be saved.

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Students celebrate bumper year for A-Level results

By Barry Toberman, August 16, 2012

The A-level results of Immanuel College pupils have given outgoing head Philip Skelker the perfect send-off.

In a performance digest issued on Wednesday, the Bushey school reported that more than a third of the 66 exam students achieved three A* or A grades, with eight attaining three or more A*s.

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Norwood shops get an Arcadia makeover

By Barry Toberman, July 26, 2012

Norwood hopes to become a bigger player on the high street through the makeover of its eight charity shops by a team of experts from Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group.

The first refit was at one of the two stores in Golders Green Road, effecting what Norwood chief executive Elaine Kerr described as “a remarkable transformation”.

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‘I want to show Jewish boys can fight,’ says Aharonov

By Barry Toberman, July 19, 2012

Dan Aharonov’s mother is not the most enthusiastic advocate of his boxing career ‑— and understandably so given that she works as a nurse. But it’s Aharonov’s opponents who have been in greater need of medical attention as he compiled an amateur record of 175 wins in 200 fights, 100 by stoppages.

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South London primary could regenerate community

By Barry Toberman, July 19, 2012

The potential of the South London Jewish Primary School to regenerate Jewish life in the region is evidenced by the number of inquiries to project leaders since its application was approved.

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Gary Barlow helps to create £4 million record for Jewish Care

By Barry Toberman, June 28, 2012

Many of the 1,000-plus guests at Jewish Care’s annual dinner on Monday were enthusiastic fans of the performance by Gary Barlow which closed proceedings. But what was truly music to the ears of the charity’s leadership was a record fundraising total just shy of £4 million to help meet mounting demand for its services.

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Gay group celebrates landmark

By Barry Toberman, June 28, 2012

In 1972, a small advert in Gay News attracted 190 people to a meeting to launch a UK organisation for gay Jews.

This weekend, the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group celebrates its 40th anniversary with a chavurah led by three rabbis, a party for 150 members and supporters and a Jewish East End walking tour.

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Langdon is open to Maccabi influence

By Barry Toberman, June 28, 2012

A communal partnership in support of young adults with moderate learning difficulties has been formally opened in Edgware.

Previously known as the Quadrant, Maccabi House is the latest Langdon educational and social project in north London and Manchester.

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Immanuel College says thanks to head

By Barry Toberman, May 31, 2012

Immanuel College founders, governors, teachers, parents and pupils were among the 275 guests who celebrated the Bushey school’s 21st anniversary at a Park Lane Hotel dinner.

The event served as a tribute to long-serving Immanuel head Philip Skelker, who will retire at the end of the academic year.

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Jewish Blind and Disabled's £10m development

By Barry Toberman, May 31, 2012

To a casual observer, Jewish Blind and Disabled’s £10 million housing development in Bushey appears very much a building site.

But on one of her regular visits to monitor progress, JBD chief executive Hazel Kaye says the end is definitely in prospect.

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Plen sees double as Masorti looks to buck trend

By Barry Toberman, April 19, 2012

Matt Plen fully intends to return permanently to Israel with his family one day, having lived there for 10 years from 1998.

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Teatro hotel, Porto, Portugal

By Barry Toberman, April 6, 2012

A poem from one of history's great romantics - Portuguese poet, playwright and novelist Almeida Garrett - is printed all over the entrance of the Teatro Hotel.

Given that my Portuguese is not remotely up to translation, I solicit the help of a staff member, who explains simply that it is about "love", a perfect motif for this distinctive establishment located at the heart of Porto's shopping

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Something to write home about

By Barry Toberman, April 6, 2012

Literary experiences will bookend a visit to Porto, home to one of the world's most beautiful celebrations of the written word, a cafe of splendid style with connections to JK Rowling and even a top-notch restaurant in a setting to tempt the palate of any bibliophile. It is at the famous bookshop, Lello, in Rua das Carmelitas, that we start an all-too-brief visit to Portugal's second city.

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The future's yours: Norwood brings in young generation

By Barry Toberman, April 6, 2012

In a pioneering venture, Norwood is looking to a younger generation to help shape its future.

Plans for the Young Norwood Consultative Committee were outlined to 40 people aged from early 20s to mid 30s at an invitation-only, central-London reception attended by the charity's professional and lay leadership.

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Maitlis: Langdon residents are big news

By Barry Toberman, March 29, 2012

Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks were among the speakers at Monday's Langdon dinner at the Savoy.

But the real stars of the show were the Langdon residents who addressed the 350 diners, demonstrating how the charity enables young adults with mild-to-moderate learning difficulties to lead independent and productive lives.

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Portugal's birthplace is the capital of culture

By Barry Toberman, March 1, 2012

'Portugal was born in Guimaraes," explains our tour guide during the 30-mile road trip from Porto airport to a 2012 European Capital of Culture. Now the affection which the Portuguese display for the nation's 900-year-old birthplace is to be shared with a wider audience, as organisers expect a doubling in visitor numbers to one million.

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