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Simon Rocker
Registered: 3 April 2008
Location: Hendon
Simon Rocker is Judaism Editor of the JC

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School funder Benjamin Perl warns shortage of places will get worse

By Simon Rocker, July 1, 2015

Educational philanthropist Benjamin Perl has warned that the pressure on places at Jewish secondary schools in north-west London is set to grow dramatically.

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Sacks and Violence

By Simon Rocker, June 29, 2015

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Helping Charedim into work is a rewarding job

By Simon Rocker, June 25, 2015

For three years, Benjamin Landau organised Friday-night dinners or trips abroad for young adults as the assistant community rabbi at Stanmore and Canons Park United Synagogue.

But last autumn he moved east into a very different role.

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Lubavitch expands its Essex influence

By Simon Rocker, June 25, 2015

Lubavitch is continuing to expand in Essex, defying the trend towards contraction in the area which has led to recent synagogue mergers.

The movement is planning activities for the growing number of families in Epping.

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Belz school driving ban plan dropped

By Simon Rocker, June 25, 2015

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has said it received a "satisfactory response" from the two Chasidic schools that had threatened to ban pupils whose mothers drive.

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Experts failed to see this school-places shortfall coming

By Simon Rocker, June 25, 2015

The competition for Jewish secondary school places has clearly caught the community's educations leaders by surprise. With little over two months to go to the start of the new school year, you might have found a handful of children still waiting for places at this stage in the past few years. But there appear to be at least a classful this year.

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Equality Commission satisfied no action needed over Belz driving ban on women

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2015

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has said that it has received a “satisfactory response” from the two Chasidic schools in North London which had threatened to ban pupils whose mothers drive.

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JW3's pop-up learning

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2015

There are probably more people involved in the serious study of Jewish texts than ever before. But you don’t have to have gone to yeshivah or sem to enjoy it.

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Jonathan Sacks interview: Europe's future at stake over hate

By Simon Rocker, June 21, 2015

Lord Sacks believes that British Jewry has been a "model community" in the fight against antisemitism and "seriously blessed" in its leadership.

In response to the current level of threat, the emeritus Chief Rabbi felt that as "a community we have dealt with this very, very well".

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Hundreds of Orthodox boys 'missing' from education system

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2015

Hundreds of strictly Orthodox boys in north London appear to be missing from the official education system despite attempts by the authorities to register the yeshivot where many are believed to be studying.

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New start at Beis Yaakov

By Simon Rocker, June 18, 2015

Governors of the Beis Yaakov Primary School in Colindale, north-west London, have sought to reassure parents following the sudden departure of its chairman Jonathan Rabson.

Mr Rabson and fellow-governors Aryeh Melinek and Chaim Halvieim announced their resignation without explanation last week.

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No place for a petulant Pig

By Simon Rocker, June 18, 2015

MANY a parent and grandparent has been grateful to Peppa Pig for keeping a little one quiet, but not Jewish journalist Naomi Greenaway. In her Daily Mail column, she revealed she has banned the porcine cartoon as a bad influence on her children.

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Takes two to fandango

By Simon Rocker, June 18, 2015

Newlyweds Elliot Shiers and Victoria Ross got more than they bargained for when they asked two friends to toast the Queen at their wedding in Harrogate. Instead, Alan Spodick and Anthony Josephson, sporting handlebar Freddie Mercury-esque moustaches, treated the room to their reimagined rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Cleaning up the banks

By Simon Rocker, June 18, 2015

Daily Mail City editor Alex Brummer, author of Bad Banks: Greed, Incompetence and the Next Global Crisis, has been called in to help prevent the next scandal. The Bank of England has asked him to serve on a committee to clean up finance whose other members include the chief executive of Goldman Sachs in London, Mike Sherwood.

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The quietest room in London

By Simon Rocker, June 18, 2015

A quiet room in a synagogue may seem a paradox.

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