Congratulations you losers. You're free!

By Jeremy Brier, May 8, 2015

I've heard it said that not many people are sorry to say goodbye to Luton. But the night I drove away, at around 4am five years ago, there was a lump in my throat. I was leaving the count of the 2010 General Election where I had been roundly defeated in my first attempt to be elected to Parliament, following three years of street-pounding, door-knocking and after-dinner-speaking in Luton North.


El Al to triple flights to Luton

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2013

El Al is to triple the number of flights it runs to Luton Airport.

From March the airline, Israel’s national carrier, will be operating six weekly flights — up from just two a week — to Luton, north of London.

That number will rise by another five in June, meaning that by the summer 22 flights will operate from Tel Aviv into London and the surrounding area every week.


Luton joins United Synagogue

By Robyn Rosen, July 22, 2010

Luton Hebrew Congregation's affiliation to the United Synagogue was formally approved at last week's US council meeting.

Brian Green, chairman of the 131-member Luton congregation, said: "We are delighted to be joining the US family.

"We are looking forward to developing our community over the coming years."


New rabbi for Luton airport prayer room

February 4, 2010

Rabbi Alan Plancey is an associate chaplain at the new multi-faith prayer room at Luton Airport — the second in the UK after Heathrow to offer the facility beyond the security search area.The Elstree Synagogue emeritus minister will focus on staff and passengers on Tel Aviv flights.

Located on the upper level of the departure lounge, it is open around the clock. The chaplaincy team, led by the Reverend Michael Banfield, worked with the airport on the design and equipping of the room.


Luton shul finds a permanent home

By Jay Grenby, January 22, 2009

Luton Hebrew Congregation has completed the £225,000 purchase of a building in Dunstable Road for a synagogue and community centre.

The deal heralds the end of a nomadic existence for the community of 100-or-so members, which has been operating from a series of temporary premises. The move to a pleasant residential location is especially welcome for minister Rabbi Yossi Schwei and his family.