School bid wins Chief's backing

September 22, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is backing the Kavanah College bid for a new Jewish secondary free school.

A spokesman said Rabbi Mirvis was supporting the Kavanah proposal - which resulted from the Kedem High and Hertfordshire Jewish Free School (HJFS) bidders joining forces.


Disabled charity cannot satisfy demand from the regions

August 12, 2016

Jewish Blind & Disabled has decided against expanding into the regions despite evidence of high demand for its services.

The charity - which has properties in Redbridge, north London and the Hertfordshire suburbs - provides independent living for those with physical problems or vision impairment.

JBD has found that one-in-three users of its online advice resource, Empowering Ability, are fro


Flood delays term start

August 12, 2016

Hertsmere Jewish Primary pupils will enjoy an extra week's holiday after the start of the new academic year was postponed because of flood damage repairs.

Parents were informed by headteacher Steven Isaacs this week that the extent of the damage caused by flash floods in Hertfordshire in June had only recently become clear.

Restoration consultants had advised earlier this month that Septembe


Good marks for Langdon

By Cathy Forman, July 11, 2016

Langdon is celebrating receiving a positive report as a result of a recent local authority inspection of its Hertfordshire care services.

The Jewish charity which supports adults and young people with learning disabilities received a score of 75 per cent - ranking it firmly in the Good category and only a few points away from a score of “excellent”.


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