Barry Toberman

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Living in a small community: 'There is no need for a welcoming group - you are it'

By Barry Toberman, July 24, 2015

With the Anglo-Jewish population increasingly concentrated in north London and the Hertfordshire suburbs, it is easy to forget that Jewish life exists, and in some cases thrives, in small regional communities.

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Why the Swiss are such good sports

By Barry Toberman, July 17, 2015

Chocolate, cheese and clocks. None too shabby a triumvirate, granted. But what else does a major Swiss city have to offer? Quite a lot, as I discover after arriving in Lausanne, a 40-minute train ride from Geneva airport.

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Bournemouth hotel, the Green Park, to star in documentary recalling its glory days

By Barry Toberman, July 2, 2015

Where thoughts of summer holidays now turn towards Israel, the Caribbean and America, it was once the height of exotica for British Jews to contemplate a week away in Bournemouth. Because, for a considerable post-war period, the seaside town's kosher hotels were the vacation venues of choice for Jews across the social spectrum.

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Royal Jewish Care dinner raises over £5 million

By Barry Toberman, June 12, 2015

Jewish Care’s 25th anniversary dinner has raised a record £5.1 million.

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Norwood offers guaranteed jobs to JCoSS students

By Barry Toberman, June 11, 2015

Norwood and the Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) are joining forces on a pioneering health and social care BTEC, which comes with a job guarantee for graduates.

For the East Barnet school, the course is a selling point for its first sixth-form cohort, with interest expressed by 20 students, including some currently at other schools.

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Duke of Cambridge pays tribute to Jewish Care at charity's 25th anniversary dinner

By Barry Toberman, June 11, 2015

The Duke of Cambridge paid a glowing tribute to Jewish Care at its 25th anniversary dinner tonight.

Addressing 1,500 people at the event at Alexandra Palace, the Duke praised "the real and loving care" the charity provided to thousands of elderly and vulnerable people.

He described Jewish Care as an outstanding organisation, before wishing it "mazeltov" on its anniversary.

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Radisson Blu Edwardian

By Barry Toberman, May 28, 2015

Arriving at your hotel before midday, the best-case scenario is normally that reception staff deal with check-in formalities and arrange storage for luggage so you can go about your business unencumbered until such time that your room is available.

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Manchester's big leap is to try to become more united

By Barry Toberman, May 28, 2015

It is said that there are three Jewish communities in Greater Manchester - north, south, and Charedi. The former is the longest established, the south attracts some of the more affluent community members, and the strictly Orthodox accounts for a rising proportion of a Jewish population variously estimated at between 27,000 and 30,000.

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London Bridge Hotel

By Barry Toberman, April 30, 2015

Having discovered that the hotel is no more than a two-minute saunter from the tube and, more importantly, the culinary smorgasbord that is Borough Market, we were well up for our capital getaway. And enthusiasm was not diminished on reaching our fourth-floor accommodation.

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Enhancing the 'emotional health' of the community

By Barry Toberman, April 8, 2015

Relationship problems, bereavement, illness, unemployment, low self-esteem, sexuality and gender - all are issues which can adversely impact on emotional well-being. For more than 35 years, a Jewish counselling service, Raphael, has helped clients from London and the Home Counties deal with these and other "emotional health" matters.

At the outset, its counsellors saw 100 people a month.

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Some joined-up thinking - and £17m - brings care into new age

By Barry Toberman, March 26, 2015

If all goes to plan, it is barely two months until the first residents of Jewish Care's newest home move in.

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Housing deal will secure the future of Ravenswood

By Barry Toberman, March 19, 2015

Norwood has revealed plans to ensure the long-term future of its Ravenswood village for the learning disabled through both a sale of land on the site for housing and the rebuilding of residents' properties.

Ten companies have entered bids for a housing development - including an element of social housing - on around 10 acres of the site in Crowthorne, Berkshire.

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Yavneh reveals bid to add primary section

By Barry Toberman, February 26, 2015

Yavneh College in Borehamwood is reviving plans for a primary section and intends to submit an application for a free school to the Department for Education at "the earliest opportunity".

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Richard Desmond to step down as Norwood president

By Barry Toberman, February 24, 2015

Richard Desmond is to stand down as president of Norwood at the end of March after more than eight years in the role.

The children and families charity has grown significantly during Mr Desmond’s tenure and now supports 7,000 people.

He has also been instrumental in Norwood fundraising and engaging celebrities and politicians in its work.

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Educators share lessons

By Barry Toberman, January 29, 2015

Six survivors and child refugees shared their experiences of educating about the Holocaust when they addressed the final HMD event at the London Jewish Cultural Centre before LJCC's merger with JW3.

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