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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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Men celebrate the arrival of spring

The special bracha Birkat Ha’llanot was recited 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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Bev says…

The year 2016 has been wonderfully successful at Kisharon. In March, Tuffkid was rated ‘Outstanding’ in all categories for the third successive Ofsted inspection;

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Kisharon hosts ECJC Shadowing initiative

Social care professionals from Latvia and Estonia shadowed staff for two days at Tuffkid Nursery and Kisharon School. Their visit was part of Kisharon’s ongoing relationship with the ECJC,  the European Council of Jewish Communities.

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Bev’s message

As most of you will know, I spent the latter part of last week in the Antarctic with 50 runners from 18 countries around the world…

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A classical education!

With Handel’s glorious Water Music in the background, Tuffkid Nursery children let their emotional responses to the music guide the blue and white paint through their fingers and onto the paper.

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Bev’s home and dry!

“It was the experience of a lifetime,” said Bev, now back in the warmth of her office at Kisharon after completing the Antarctic Ice Marathon last week. She has raised £50,275 – exceeding her target of £50k.

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Artist uses debut collection to support Kisharon

Artist Rebecca Frankel-Rudowski is donating to Kisharon ten per cent of the proceeds from sales at her debut collection at the Hampstead Garden Suburb Gallery this month, December.

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No holds barred for football fan

Disability World: A Crystal Palace fan with learning disabilities has secured his dream job as a match day steward at Selhurst Park.

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A bumper Mitzvah Day for Kisharon

Learning disabilities charity Kisharon teamed up with three synagogues and Maccabi GB for an action-packed Mitzvah Day.

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Leon Greenman leaves legacy to Kisharon

Auschwitz survivor Leon Greenman has left a £20,000 legacy to Kisharon. The funding, which was awarded recently, will foot the bill for resources and equipment in Adult Day Services for a year.

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Help Kisharon win a £9k grant

Kisharon is in the running for a £9k grant for music therapy at Kisharon School – but we need you to vote!

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How you can support our planning application

Kisharon School has submitted a planning application to Barnet Council to build our new school at Montfort House – the original name of the Parson Street head office site.

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Eliezer Gilbert wins JVN volunteering award

Kisharon and charity GIFT celebrated at the Wohl JVN Volunteering Awards 2016 when Eliezer Gilbert, 25, picked up the Young Adult Leadership in Volunteering prize.

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The gift of music

A Skoog is an electronic musical instrument that allows everyone to make music regardless of age or ability. It is designed primarily for special needs education and music therapy.

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Join us for Shabbat UK

Muswell Hill Shul has teamed up with Kisharon for Shabbat UK (November 11/12).

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Meet Equal’s new artist of the month – Kimberley Gundle

South African-born Kimberley Gundle is artist of the month for November at Equal, Kisharon’s fabulous gift shop in Temple Fortune.

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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.