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Elections at school

Pupils from Kisharon School have been voting to elect new representatives to their school council.

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Bev says…

Recently, I discovered that the word ‘inclusion’ originates from the Latin word ‘inclusionem’ which means ‘to shut in or confine’.

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Top team help raise £6k

Team Kisharon – people we support, staff and volunteers turned out in force to help us raise £6k at the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run at Allianz Park.

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Film shortlisted for award

Kisharon’s upbeat 2017 film ‘I’m Good’, set to a catchy soundtrack from The Mowgli’s has been shortlisted for an EVCOM Clarion Award.

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Stunning pieces on show

Two featured designers at the Equal gift shop in Temple Fortune next month will bring unparalleled originality to ceramic homewares.

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Children brush up on dental care

Open wide…dentist Jeremy Kaufman taught children how to care properly for their teeth when he visited Tuffkid Nursery this week.

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Mayor’s award for our six volunteers

Six outstanding Kisharon volunteers were presented with certificates by the Mayor of Barnet Councillor Brian Salinger at the Volunteers’ Week volunteering fair at the Arts Depot in Finchley. The six were Sarah Adler, Peter Lewinson, Terry Markewicz, Eliezer Gilbert, Lisa Silverbeck and David Shemtob.

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Film breaks records

Kisharon’s upbeat 2017 annual dinner video ‘I’m Good’ had more than 8,000 social media hits in a fortnight, making it the most watched Kisharon film to date.

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Kisharon celebrates independent living

Kisharon took part in European Independent Living Day, which was marked in 30 countries across Europe – and as far as Iraq.

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New office jobs for Yossi and Moishe

Moishe Goldblatt has a new paid job learning about the world of public relations at The PR Office, in Kentish Town.

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Flower power at Shavuos

Children at Tuffkid gave each other flowers for Shavuos after buying them from the florist’s in the nursery playground.

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Royal date for Kisharon

A royal welcome awaited Janice Marriott, Tuffkid Head and David Abrahams, who is supported at the Ohel Rochel day service, at one of the Queen’s garden parties at Buckingham Palace.

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Kisharon appoints new director

Julia Brown has become Kisharon’s new Director of Operations and Development.

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General Election – feeling valued in society

People supported by Kisharon will be at the polls for the general election on June 8 and many feel passionate about politics.

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Dinner raises more than £1 million for brighter futures

Kisharon raised more than £1million at the Brighter Futures Annual Dinner attended by more than 600 guests at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel.

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Disability world: High hopes for jobs

Businesses have begun to actively recruit employees with autism for their diligence, powers of concentration and attention to detail.

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Just the two of us….

Saul Mayers and his girlfriend Lorin Bradley joined thousands of runners in Sunday’s London Marathon, but ran together, finishing in 4hrs 41 and helping Kisharon raise £25,000.

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Welcoming in the spring

The special bracha Birkat Ha’llanot was recited – with support from Clive Rosenfeld – on the first sighting of blossom on a fruit tree in the garden at Leeside Crescent.

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Here’s to good health

Trying to change your diet for the better and to move more? People supported by Kisharon are doing just the same.

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Doors open at new library

The Childs Hill Partnership Library, run by Kisharon and Mencap, is set to open its doors this Wednesday.

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Making learning fun at Tuffkid

A broad range of activities brought Pesach and the seder to life for children at Tuffkid Nursery.

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Support our Pesach appeal

Kisharon’s delightful Pesach appeal story book will ensure no-one feels excluded at the seder table this year.

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Sarah hits the big time

You’ll see our much-loved volunteer, Sarah, at Kisharon, but her smiling face appears all over Barnet this month.

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Daniel and Shlomo lend a hand

Shlomo Weltman and Daniel Yefet became advisors to Baroness Hollins who is behind a new book for people with learning disabilities.

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New home for bike shop

Kisharon’s bike shop – new name Equal Bikes – has moved to the heart of the Jewish community in Bell Lane, Hendon.

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Pesach gifts to delight

Give your seder table the ‘wow’ factor at Equal, Kisharon’s gift shop in Temple Fortune.

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Bev’s message for Pesach

The story of Pesach tells of B’nei Yisroel’s deliverance from the adversity and challenge of Mitzraim.

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What it means to have Down’s Syndrome, by Micah

Micah Samuels, who has Down’s Syndrome, told his peers at Kisharon School all about the condition on World Down Syndrome Day.

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Adrian runs his third half marathon for Kisharon

Adrian Jacobs raised £10,800 for Kisharon in the Jerusalem Marathon, reputed to be one of the hardest in the world.

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Disability World: Opening a bank account

Opening a bank account isn’t a big deal for most of us but takes an extraordinary effort for anyone with a learning disability.

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Bev says…

The festival of Purim celebrates the Jewish people overcoming an onslaught planned by Haman that was motivated by hatred.

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Kisharon and Mencap meet the Childs Hill community

Kisharon and Mencap met the Childs Hill community at an open meeting in the run up to operating the local library from next month, April.

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Purim? I hate it, says comedian Ashley Blaker

Comedian Ashley Blaker, whose daughter Soroh, eight, attends Kisharon School, launched Kisharon’s Purim Bucket Appeal.

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Hand-crafted pots and sculpture at Equal

Don’t miss African style hand-crafted pots and sculpture by Chris Bramble, designer of the month at Equal in Temple Fortune.

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Legal experts answer your questions at free event

Who makes decisions when a young person with learning disabilities reaches 18? A free event is taking place at Kisharon next week to answer your questions.

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Welcoming Tu B’Shvat

Kisharon School LK teacher Ella Weil and Guy Monzston, of Homebase in Haringey, made the children’s Tu B’Shvat lessons this year some of the best ever.

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Bev says…

The dream of providing supported living in Stamford Hill has become a reality at last.

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Lined up for success

Striking geometric shapes are a predominant feature of glass plates produced by artist Gail Philipp, designer of the month at Equal.

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Disobedience pays!

Adults supported by Kisharon have been busy fulfilling an order for 50 sets of costume tzitzit for Disobedience, the new film starring Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz.

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Call for volunteers to help run Childs Hill Library

Kisharon is looking for volunteers to help at Childs Hill Library from April when it will start to run all library services with Barnet Mencap.

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Disability World: Be an ‘appy JAMmer

Individuals with learning disabilities can ask people to be more patient with them by using a new phone app.

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Excellence at Kisharon

Kisharon is an excellent place to volunteer, according to a survey of volunteers by the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN).

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Learning about disability

Youth members from Hampstead Garden Suburb shul worked with adults supported by Kisharon on Sunday to produce a Tu B’Shvat poster in a Kisharon disability awareness programme.

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Kisharon’s £45k breakfast with Metro Bank

Kisharon raised a record £45,000 at its annual business breakfast when Vernon Hill, the billionaire chairman and founder of Metro Bank was the guest speaker.

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Choose a Challenge for 2017

Our 2017 Challenge Events booklet is out now, so take on a Kisharon challenge in 2017!

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Disability World: Upbringing matters most of all

Caroline White, mum to Seb, 8, who has Down’s Syndrome, says a child is shaped by their upbringing and life experience, not their diagnosis.

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Kisharon helps students get on their bikes!

Kisharon’s Bus Stop Bikes is supplying 12 bikes for FreeWheelers, the new Middlesex University campus cycle hire scheme.

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Our exciting year ahead

This K-news unveils some of our innovative activities and projects to kick off 2017, says Beverley Jacobson, Kisharon Chief Executive.

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Kisharon joins Social Enterprise UK

Kisharon has joined Social Enterprise UK, whose members are committed to changing the world through their businesses.

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Barbican project enriches students

Students from Kisharon’s further education college, HCC@Kisharon have just completed a three-month Barbican Art Box project on clothes and fashion.

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Decision day for Kisharon School

Show your support for the new Kisharon School by coming to a planning committee meeting at Hendon Town Hall at 7pm on Thursday 9 February.

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Raise money for Kisharon this Purim!

For the best fun this Purim, on Sunday 12 March, sign up to collect for us!

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Barnet appoints Kisharon to run library services

Kisharon is preparing to take over Childs Hill Library, in Golders Green with Mencap from this April as one of Barnet Council’s new partnership libraries.

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Artist Jake, on the autistic spectrum, is Equal artist of the month

The extraordinary talent of Jake Chodosh, 23, who is on the autistic spectrum, is on show at Equal.  Jake, artist of the month, is donating all profits to Kisharon.

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Make your gifts count

Looking for a last-minute gift for a child? Take a look at Orchard Toys’ Giant Road jigsaw, a chunky themed floor puzzle. Three of the characters have disabilities.

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View Bettina Caro’s vibrant work at Equal

See the vibrant and richly-coloured paintings of Bettina Caro at Equal, artist of the month for December.

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Come to Equal for a truly sweet Chanukah

Golden crunchy honeycomb (£3.50) is one of the mouth-watering Chanukah delights on sale now at Equal, made under KLBD supervision and packaged beautifully by adults supported by Kisharon.

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Support Kisharon this Chanukah

Seen Kisharon’s shimmering Chanukah appeal yet? There’s more to it than meets the eye.

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Yummiest lesson of all

Buying doughnuts for Chanukah? Children at Tuffkid Nursery made their own!

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Chanukah presents for everyone – thanks to Kisharon School

Chanukah presents for everyone this year – thanks to children at Kisharon School.

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“The world stands on three things: Torah, the service of G-d, and deeds of kindness.” Kisharon looks at the person not the disability, teaching Torah, Middos and Mitzvot embracing and cherishing everybody’s special talent and bringing out the best in them.