Fight­ing for its sur­vival or ready for a re­nais­sance?

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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

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