Community life

Brondesbury submits plans for latest eruv

By Jay Grenby, July 24, 2014

Brondesbury Park Synagogue has submitted planning applications to Camden and Brent councils for an eruv covering the greater part of the Brondesbury, Queens Park, Willesden and Kilburn area with marginal extension into Cricklewood and West Hampstead.


Gelley gets head role

July 24, 2014

Dayan Menachem Gelley has been appointed head of the London Beth Din, a position unfilled since the retirement of Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu in early 2007. Since that time Dayan Gelley has held the position of senior dayan, fulfilling many of the functions and responsibilities of the Rosh Beth Din.


Kisharon wheels out welcome

July 24, 2014

A visit to the Hendon offices of special needs charity Kisharon and its adjoining adult day centre gave 60 JFS students a chance to interact with people with learning difficulties.


Games opening gives visitors a history lesson

By Adam Henderson, July 24, 2014

Glasgow Jewry has shown its hospitality - and history - to visitors to the city for the Commonwealth Games.

Local shuls and families have extended a welcome to Jews in Scotland for the Games. And Garnethill Synagogue was among the participants in Wednesday's open day of historic buildings normally closed to the general public.


Tashbar gets good grades

July 24, 2014

The Tashbar Primary in Edgware has received "good" grades in all areas from Ofsted inspectors.

Established in 2005 with fewer than 10 pupils, there are now 178 boys on the roll. It is anticipated that it will move to premises next door during the next academic year once refurbishments have been completed.


MP faces bin collection backlash

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 24, 2014

Bury MP Ivan Lewis and local Labour councillors are experiencing a backlash from Jewish voters following the council's decison to reduce general rubbish collections to once in three weeks.

The move - passed unanimously by the council's cabinet last Wednesday - prompted angry householders to vent their frustration on social media.


Developer quits Reform

By Sandy Rashty, July 17, 2014

Pamela Goldsmith stepped down this week at the Movement for Reform Judaism after three years directing its community development projects.

Ms Goldsmith, who has more than 20 years' experience in private consulting, said she "wished to return to a role that I thoroughly enjoyed - my reasons were not financial".


US: We hold the key to Board-JLC merger deal

By Simon Rocker, July 17, 2014

A merger of the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council would largely depend on the view of the United Synagogue, US president Stephen Pack said this week.

The Board and the JLC have been in discussions for more than a year over possible unification.


Their Gift to the needy

July 17, 2014

US Chesed and Gift joined forces on Sunday to collect food for families in need. Stationed outside Waitrose in Temple Fortune, Tesco stores in Hendon, Golders Green and Edgware, B Kosher in Hendon, Kosher Kingdom in Golders Green and Mendy's in Edgware, the volunteers collected essentials donated by shoppers.


Golders Green growing once again

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

After years of declining membership, Golders Green Synagogue is on the up again thanks in large part to a £4 million redevelopment project. The redevelopment has seen the opening of the Rimon Primary School on the synagogue site, as well as a major repair and refurbishment programme.

Shul chairman Prof Benny Chain reported a membership increase of 70, taking them up to almost 600.