Hertfordshire

Mirvis welcomes close Encounters

By Jay Grenby, June 19, 2014

Launching a joint initiative by six Herts and Bedfordshire communities, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said it was a role model for others.

The Encounters study day at Yavneh College, Borehamwood, was held by the Five of Herts + 1 alliance, comprising the Potters Bar, Shenley, St Albans, Watford, Welwyn Garden City and Luton congregations.

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Masorti eyes up Shenley as community expands

By Jay Grenby, December 30, 2013

The increasing number of young Jewish families who have settled in Shenley, Hertfordshire, over the past decade have proved an inviting target for the Masorti movement, looking to offer an alternative to the United Synagogue congregation founded in the area just over 10 years ago.

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A past mitzvah honoured in Stevenage

By Jay Grenby, November 25, 2013

Just before the beginning of the Second World War, 500 Jewish children, mostly refugees from Nazi persecution, were evacuated with their teachers to Shefford, a small Bedfordshire town 15 miles north-west of Stevenage, where the North Herts Liberal Jewish Community is now based. The children were taken in and looked after by Shefford families until the end of the war.

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Hadley Wood builds up to 'living the dream'

By Jay Grenby, November 11, 2013

Some “significant” funding pledges towards a proposed £500,000 redevelopment of Hadley Wood Jewish Community’s Lancaster Avenue synagogue were made at an information event at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden.

Supporters were told of plans to transform the premises, a converted house, into a purpose-built synagogue and community centre for the 110 member families.

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Hertsmere has pupil drop after entry change

By Simon Rocker, October 14, 2013

A Jewish primary school has suffered a sharp drop in take-up of nursery places after being forced to change its admissions rules.

Almost a third of the 60 nursery places at the Orthodox Hertsmere Jewish Primary were vacant at the start of the autumn term.

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Ace idea boosts small Herts

By Jay Grenby, September 16, 2013

In the belief that “together we can accomplish more than might be possible individually”, six smaller United Synagogue communities in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire have been sharing problems, discussing issues of mutual interest and planning joint events.

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Elstree minister set to lead breakaway group

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2013

The interim senior rabbi of Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue for the past two years, Rabbi Shimshon Silkin, looks set to head a new, breakaway community in the area following his departure at the end of August.

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Eight face oar-inspiring challenge

By Sandy Rashty, April 8, 2013

Eight men from the Hertfordshire suburbs will be rowing the Channel in aid of breast cancer awareness charity, Future Dreams.

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Planning laws cause havoc in Hackney

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

Strictly Orthodox Jews and their non-Jewish neighbours are at loggerheads over new planning legislation which insiders claim could destroy communal harmony.

The row in Hackney, north London, was sparked by government plans to relax planning laws and allow local groups to apply for powers to permit development without the need for local authorities to grant permission.

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Gove upholds complaint over admissions rules

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove has upheld a complaint against the entry policy of a Hertfordshire Jewish primary school, saying it cannot give reception place priority to children who have attended its nursery.

But Clore Shalom in Shenley will not have to amend its admissions policy for this September because it would be too disruptive to families who have applied for a place.

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