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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.