Mirvis honoured to join Barnet's freedom band

February 5, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis received the freedom of Barnet on Tuesday at a ceremony at Middlesex University attended by civic leaders and MPs including the Irish Secretary, Theresa Villiers.

In the citation, Barnet Council said the award recognised "the eminent services rendered by him within the borough, nationally and internationally to the enhancement of the Jewish community and the promotion


'Jewniorchefs' wanted

By Simon Rocker, January 22, 2015

West London Synagogue is looking for a talented teenager to cook up a winning recipe for its 175th birthday.

As part of its anniversary celebrations, the UK's oldest Reform synagogue is running a "JewniorChef" competition open to those aged from 12 to 16.

West London president Stephen Moss said "the reason we chose to focus on catering is partly due to the immense popularity of TV programmes


Just a lecture? Or will Nazis invade suburbia?

December 4, 2014

The normally genteel Hampstead Garden Suburb is preparing for battle - over links to a German town once a hotbed of Nazism.

The Suburb, as it is affectionately known, was partly modelled on Rothenburg, a Bavarian town which became a bastion of Nazi sentiment during the Holocaust.

The Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust is supporting a lecture on Rothenburg's architecture at the Henrietta Barnett S


Shabbat UK: Passing the observance challenge

October 30, 2014

Barnet Synagogue members who do not normally observe Shabbat accepted Rabbi Barry Lerer's "ultimate challenge" to keep the day according to halachah.

Those who signed up were given a hotplate and urn (allowing them to have warm food and hot water prepared before Shabbat) as well as Shabbat belts to hold their keys.


Couple battle council a second time over disabled daughter

By Rosa Doherty, June 19, 2014

A Family who fought a year-long battle to get their disabled daughter into a special Jewish school are facing a similar challenge eight years on.

Sabrina Leigh, who suffers from a type of cerebral palsy called Worster-Drought Syndrome, was initially denied the funding she needed for place at Kisharon as a 10-year-old, until Barnet Council were persuaded to reconsider.


Brent Cross will stage mass challah-baking

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2014

For one day later this year, Brent Cross shopping centre will become the country’s largest Jewish bakery.

It will be the venue for a mass challah-making event to prepare for Shabbat UK, the national celebration launched by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

The aim is to encourage as many Jews as possible to observe the day of rest over October 24 and 25.


Hampstead stockbroker and family robbed by motorcycle gang

By Sandy Rashty, May 22, 2014

A motorcycle gang robbed a stockbroker and his wife of watches worth £20,000 as they returned to their car after a family day out at Kenwood House in north London.

Two bikes drew up alongside the VW Tiguan at around 5pm last Saturday. Four men surrounded it and one smashed a hammer into the side of the car.


Extra collections for Pesach

April 11, 2014

Residents in 300 designated Barnet roads can take advantage of a Pesach waste and chametz collection service on Sunday organised by Barnet Council.

The council has announced that anyone wishing to use the service should place their waste into black bins or refuse sacks at the boundary of properties by 10am on April 13.