Fighting for its survival or ready for a renaissance?
Jews. But it is an identity that needs nurturing.”
New Essex Masorti member Mark Carter, 30, acknowledges that those in east London are less open about their Jewishness. “It does seem to be a different sort of community here. But I’m always walking through the area and spotting shuls which I didn’t know were there. ”
For the moment, local leaders are pinning their hopes on a centralisation plan which would see Sinclair House and Ilford Jewish Primary move to the King Solomon site in Barkingside. The new Ilford Jewish Primary will run at a smaller capacity at its new site. But the area’s other primary, Clore Tikva, will not be able to accommodate extra pupils. Headteacher Lenna Rosenburg said: “We’re at full capacity, we’ve got a waiting list for children wanting places, so we couldn’t take on extras.”
But she is keen to form a partnership with the new community campus, say-
Above, left: Clore Tikva primary, the school is at full capacity; above: King Solomon High, the school was a source of pride when it opened in 1993
Apple and honey tasting at Sinclair House. The Clayhall community centre could be moving to the King Solomon High site in Barkingside