Hertfordshire

Watford has big aims for its small cheder

By Jay Grenby, February 3, 2011

In its small-scale way, Watford Synagogue is bucking the trend of falling numbers at shul chederim.

Cheder leader and community rebbetzin Rochel Levine says the nine pupils will be joined by four new recruits in September.

"But this is just the beginning. Considering that when my husband [Rabbi Ephraim Levine] and I arrived here four years ago there was no cheder at all, we are obviously going in the right direction.

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Rabbi joins the Saints

By Jay Grenby, November 18, 2010

Rabbi Raphael Kaiserblueth has been inducted as St Albans Masorti's first full-time minister at a ceremony attended by more than 200 people.

Guests included his parents and fiancée, who made the transatlantic trip especially for the service. His father Claudio, minister at the Beth Tikvah congregation in Richmond, British Columbia, was among the speakers.

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X Factor's Katie Waissel: this year's Stacey Solomon?

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2010

Jewish singer Katie Waissel has made it through to the live show stage of this year's X Factor.

The 24-year-old from Hertfordshire is one of 12 acts to be taken through from the judges houses stage of the competition.

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Stormin Norman on fire

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

This season has been very sporting for batsmen and bowlers cricket-wise. A few dry, hot weeks have been combined with some very wet ones.

But nothing could not stop Norman Marine, anything but a fair-weather bowler, from almost putting himself into the history books after another demon spell.

Representing Old Cholmeleians 2nd, 'Stormin' Norman terrorised the batsmen of Potters Bar 3rd. He played the lead role, finishing with figures of 8.2-4-7-6 as Bar were dismissed for a paltry 23 in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League.

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Caring for Herts

August 12, 2010

To meet the needs of the growing Hertfordshire Jewish community, Norwood's family support service is branching out into Elstree.

Although social workers and other staff at the charity's Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon already assist many Herts families, a Wednesday morning service will be available at Allum Lane Community Centre from October.

Family support service manager Eileen Martell said Norwood was "committed to providing a safety net to the children and families in the community who need it most.

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Masorti's engaging new rabbi

By Jay Grenby, August 12, 2010

St Albans Masorti Synagogue's new spiritual leader has returned from America a less single-minded man. For just before his departure, Rabbi Rafael Kaiserblueth got engaged to Mariel Leonard of Washington DC.

Over the last few years, Rabbi Kaiserblueth has regularly visited the Hertfordshire community to lead festival and other special services. He also spent a three month period as a visiting scholar.

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Hate attacks on rise in Manchester

By Robyn Rosen, July 30, 2010

A rise in antisemitic incidents in Manchester is down to a "shifting, and increasingly visible" Jewish community in north Manchester, according to a new report.

Antisemitic incidents are more than 50 per cent higher in the first six months of this year in Greater Manchester than in the same period in 2008 - and make up almost a third of antisemitic incidents in the UK.

There were 89 antisemitic incidents in Greater Manchester recorded by the Community Security Trust in the first six months of 2010.

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