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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Hertsmere Primary amends entry rules

By Simon Rocker, February 7, 2013

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School has been forced to change its entry rules for 2014 as a result of a complaint against another Hertfordshire Jewish school, the cross-communal Clore Shalom.

Until now, children attending the HJPS nursery have been given priority for places at reception class in the following year.


Liberal gain in Herts

December 17, 2012

Stevenage-based North Herts Liberal Jewish Community has become a full constituent member of Liberal Judaism.

The congregation was given “developing community” status in 2010, including rabbinic and financial support. As a result of its progress, Liberal Judaism’s council voted unanimously on Sunday to upgrade it.


Three-year-old pupils ‘expelled’ from Clore Shalom school

By Simon Rocker, October 18, 2012

A fresh controversy has erupted over school admissions with a Jewish primary informing the parents of five nursery pupils that the children will almost certainly have to leave at the end of the year.

The decision comes after the school was told that it could not give priority for reception class places to children who had attended its nursery or whose parents belonged to a synagogue.


Ryder Cup stars lead £40K drive for care home

October 4, 2012

There was a Ryder Cup flavour to the Jewish Care Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Dyrham Park, Herts, which raised £40,000 for the charity’s Rela Goldhill Lodge in Golders Green, supporting 20 people with severe physical and sensory disabilities.

Former European team members Paul Way and Paul Broadhurst were among the pros taking part, along with Jewish player Sam Little.