A giant fruit salad prepared by 300 Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue volunteers on Saturday night has benefited the less fortunate.
More than 2,200 portions were made up from fruit donated by congregants.
Around 1,500 were delivered to homeless shelters and hostels in Camden and central London. The remainder were distributed to families in Barnet and Hackney.
The venture was organised by the shul's chesed committee.
HGS's Rabbi Anthony Knopf said: "It was wonderful to see so many synagogue members, including lots of children, come together to support such a fantastic event."
Police in Barnet have launched an appeal to trace a man described as a “Jewish male” who may have vital information about an attempted burglary.
The man, who was wearing a kippah, drove after two men who had been seen leaving an empty flat in Bridge Lane, Golders Green, north west London. Subsequently police said the man saw the suspects drive away in a blue Renault Megane. The “Jewish male” was driving a white or cream-coloured people carrier.
Jewish charities in Barnet have been told to expect cuts of more than 15 per cent from Barnet Council's funding of services for the elderly and learning disabled.
Charities like Norwood, Langdon, Jewish Care and Kisharon must prepare budgets to show how they would cope with the loss of funding from the council – which must slash 25 per cent of its services budget over the next three years.
United Synagogue chiefs have recruited some experienced festival stand-ins for congregations with pulpit vacancies.
Following the departure of Rabbi Reuven Livingstone, Hampstead Garden Suburb services will be led by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen, formerly at Stanmore and one-time HGS assistant minister.
Rabbi Cohen has been serving as consultant minister while the community searches for Rabbi Livingstone's replacement. He will be assisted by the congregation's community director, Rabbi Anthony Knop, and Aish's Rabbi Daniel Rowe.
JCoSS head Jeremy Stowe-Lindner was moved to tears on Monday as the UK's first cross-communal Jewish secondary school welcomed its initial 148 pupils in Barnet.
"I have to admit that a small tear welled up in my eye when the first students walked in," Mr Stowe-Lindner said. "I am so proud of what we have achieved here already, completing the building in just 18 months so that we can offer some of the very best facilities in the country.
"We have assembled an incredible team, a fantastic building and, from what I have seen, an energetic and enthusiastic group of students."