Mirvis backs fight against abuse

By Sandy Rashty, December 2, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has urged UK Jewry to take responsibility in the campaign to combat domestic abuse within the community.

He said ignorance and sensitivity around the issue made it difficult for charities like Jewish Women’s Aid to support victims of abuse in homes across the religious spectrum.


Barnet climbs down on park PE charge

By Sandy Rashty, August 26, 2013

Barnet council has temporarily revoked plans to charge a modern Orthodox primary school £21.50 per class per week for use of a nearby park.


Barnet charges primary school for PE in park

By Sandy Rashty, July 22, 2013

Plans to charge a modern Orthodox free school for use of a nearby park have been condemned as “outrageous” by a Barnet councillor.

Barnet Council wants the Rimon Jewish Primary in Dunstan Road, Golders Green, to pay for the use of Childs Hill Park during physical education classes. The school has a gate that backs on to the park.


Test star is out at JCoSS

July 15, 2013

On the eve of the first Ashes Test, Essex and former England batsman Owais Shah visited the cross-communal JCoSS school in Barnet for a coaching session.


Barnet trying to resolve 'carnage' at Rosh Pinah

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2013

Barnet Council has intervened in the dispute at Rosh Pinah Primary in Edgware between a group of parents and leading governors and has called a meeting at the school for Tuesday evening.


Maccabi GB's pass masters

June 24, 2013

Maccabi GB’s junior rugby stars have created a Guinness world record for most passes in an hour, recording 2,336 on Sunday at Saracens’ Allianz Park, Barnet, stadium.


Troubled Rosh Pinah hires interim head

By Simon Rocker, June 17, 2013

An interim head has been installed at the troubled Rosh Pinah Primary School in Edgware amid a continuing rift between leading governors and many parents.

Alison Flegg, a qualified Ofsted inspector, arrived at the school this week — on “a temporary basis”, parents were told — in the wake of the absence of headteacher Anthony Wolfson.


Unsung charity hero reaps her reward

April 1, 2013

A mother-of-six who founded Camp Simcha, helping children with serious and life-threatening illness, is one of seven “unsung heroes” honoured by Barnet Council.

Rachely Plancey, 36, from Golders Green started Camp Simcha with husband Meir 16 years ago to support a few local families.


Cohen is back as Barnet Mayor

By Zoe Winograd, March 18, 2013

It’s the same again for Councillor Melvin Cohen who has been elected Mayor of Barnet for the second time. He will take office in May.

The Golders Green ward representative, who previously held the post in 2003, will be only the second person in the borough’s history to serve twice.


Pesach chametz collections in Barnet

March 11, 2013

Barnet Council is once again providing a Pesach collection service, enabling residents to dispose of chametz before the start of the festival.

Collections will take place in designated roads on March 24 and 25 and residents are asked to place food waste into black plastic sacks or their black domestic waste container.