Row over fraudster's son's barmitzvah

By Charlotte Oliver, December 3, 2015

The son of a convicted fraudster will not be allowed to celebrate his barmitzvah in the main synagogue of his local shul, it has been revealed.

But Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue denied claims that it had ostracised the family of Dan Jacobs, insisting his relatives had "always been welcome".


Sturgess ends a synagogue's 50-year vacancy for a minister

By Jay Grenby, November 12, 2015

St Albans Synagogue members turned out in numbers for the induction of its first rabbi in more than 50 years - former Aish UK director Daniel Sturgess.

Rabbi Sturgess and his wife, Alli, were appointed as joint rabbinical couple just over a year ago.


Prized young volunteer

November 12, 2015

Yavneh College student Keshet Dor has won a Yopey award recognising teenagers "who are positive role models".

Keshet, 13, was selected for the Hertfordshire area award after marking her batmitzvah by donating £300 to buy software helping clients of educational needs charity Kisharon to communicate.


Masorti shul marks out of five

By Jay Grenby, October 29, 2015

It was a day for high fives as St Albans Masorti Synagogue celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The reminiscences of founder members and those who joined at subsequent five-year intervals were shown on a celebratory video.


Women promote Muslim dialogue

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2015

Jewish and Muslim women in St Albans have set up a forum to promote dialogue between the communities.

Inspired by a group in America, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom St Albans wants to host monthly meetings at the homes of supporters where refreshments will be vegetarian and alcohol-free.


Another primary school downgraded by Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, April 2, 2015

The headteacher and chairman of governors of Clore Shalom primary in Shenley, Hertfordshire, have said they were disappointed after inspectors downgraded it from a good school to one which "requires improvement".

It is the second time within a week that a state-aided Jewish primary has received a critical report following the demotion of Rosh Pinah in Edgware to inadequate.

In a letter to Cl


Fundraiser Gemma cycles into accolade territory

March 26, 2015

Hertfordshire 13-year-oldGemma Jacobson has received an award established in memory of Princess Diana for being a "fundraising champion" for special-needs education support.

The Haberdashers' Aske's pupil wrote hundreds of letters asking for sponsorship for a 200-mile cycle, completed in stages on a tandem with her sister, Talya, who has cerebral palsy, a severe visual impairment and learning


Shuls unite to educate

February 5, 2015

Harrow and Hertfordshire synagogues have begun hosting almost 3,000 pupils from 48 schools as part of Northwood's annual Holocaust Memorial Day programme.

Educational workshops with survivors are being hosted by the Northwood, Belmont, Borehamwood and Elstree, Bushey and Watford US communities, as well as by Northwood and Pinner Liberal.


Liberals decide on a new name

By Jay Grenby, January 8, 2015

The North Herts Liberal Jewish Community has voted to change its name to Stevenage Liberal Synagogue, reflecting its principal base and growing profile in the area.

Established four years ago by local residents who met informally for occasional services in their homes, membership has grown to around 50, with twice-monthly services in local community centres and regular social activities.


Dining in at last at Clore Shalom

By Naomi Firsht, October 7, 2014

Children at Clore Shalom Primary in Herts will be able to enjoy hot kosher lunches thanks to the opening of its first kitchen, 11 years after the school's establishment. Until now, pupils have had to bring in vegetarian packed lunches.