Barry Toberman

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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Cameron 'proud' to meet survivor

By Barry Toberman, January 26, 2012

In the week of Holocaust Memorial Day, David Cameron has praised one of the best-known Shoah survivors for passing on his story.

Mr Cameron and deputy PM Nick Clegg hosted a group from the Holocaust Educational Trust in Downing Street on Tuesday to witness their signing of the HET's Book of Commitment, in which politicians record their thoughts on preserving the mem-ory of the Shoah and combati

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Duncan Smith keeps £1m Nightingale dinner date

By Barry Toberman, November 10, 2011

With a little help from his hosts, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith managed to fulfil his speaking engagement at Nightingale's key fundraiser and an event with David Cameron on the same night.

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Hesperia

By Barry Toberman, November 3, 2011

If a five-star property exuding tranquil elegance is your dream of a holiday hideaway, then first impressions of the Hesperia will be hugely encouraging.

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Away from the beaches of Lanzarote

By Barry Toberman, November 3, 2011

Sun, sand, sea, Sangria. Lanzarote has them all in spades.

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Norwood chief seeks to preserve services

By Barry Toberman, September 27, 2011

At a time of restricted finances, new Norwood chief executive Elaine Kerr will bring to the role invaluable experience of getting the utmost out of a budget.

During her five years in the top job at Chai Cancer Care, the charity has expanded services and experienced almost a four-fold increase in clientele, yet spending has risen only by around 50 per cent.

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JBD digs deep for disabled housing scheme

By Barry Toberman, July 21, 2011

There was relief, as well as evident satisfaction, as Jewish Blind and Disabled chief executive Hazel Kaye donned hard hat and fluorescent security jacket on Tuesday at the site of its £10 million project in Bushey.

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The Crane

By Barry Toberman, July 21, 2011

In the heart of a tropical paradise, we are seated in an intimate booth of an exquisite Asian restaurant savouring some of the best sushi we have ever tasted. Can life get much better?

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Bowled over by Barbados

By Barry Toberman, July 21, 2011

Rain stopped play - three words to dampen the spirits of any cricket aficionado.

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Anne Frank story moves Osborne to tears

By Barry Toberman, June 10, 2011

George Osborne paid tribute to the enduring emotional appeal of Anne Frank's story as the Anne Frank Trust UK celebrated its 20th anniversary with a reception at 11 Downing Street.

Chatting to key figures from the trust, the Chancellor revealed that he had visited Anne Frank House in Amsterdam three times, most recently last year.

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Cancer charity's pioneering care collaboration

By Barry Toberman, June 2, 2011

Chai Cancer Care is expanding its services with a pioneering rehabilitation and palliative outpatients clinic at its Hendon premises.

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Ukrainian dream realised in presence of WJR backers

By Barry Toberman, April 7, 2011

Sixty World Jewish Relief supporters joined the opening celebrations of a Ukrainian community centre which will transform provision for the 40,000-plus Jews in Kharkov, many living in heart-rending poverty.

British donors contributed $3 million towards the $5.3 million (£3.3 million) Wohl Centre, launched with great fanfare and excitement with speeches from civic and Jewish dignitaries.

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