Anti-eruv councillor defends Shoah day role

By Marcus Dysch, February 18, 2013

A Barnet councillor who opposed a local eruv claiming it would be “marketing the place as a Jewish area” has defended his suitability to organise the borough’s Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony.

David Longstaff was criticised by a fellow Conservative councillor and a Shoah memorial group this week after details emerged of his pivotal involvement in January’s HMD event in Hendon.


Missing Barnet man found by Shomrim

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2013

A Barnet police inspector has praised volunteers from the Shomrim community security group for finding an elderly man who went missing late at night.

The 84-year-old, who has Alzheimer’s, disappeared from his home in the Hendon area in freezing temperatures last Thursday evening.

Shomrim was alerted by the man’s family and arranged for volunteers to comb the area.


Complaining neighbours delay £2m Finchley Reform expansion

By Cathy Forman, November 26, 2012

A late deluge of neighbours’ objections is delaying Finchley Reform Synagogue’s plans for a £2 million expansion to its Fallow Court Avenue site.

FRS applied to Barnet Council for consent to update and extend its facilities. The application was deferred by a planning committee last week after more than 100 objections were lodged.


Barnet Bake-Off

By barnet1, November 23, 2012
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Barnet Council approves eruv despite opposition

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2012

Barnet Council has approved plans for a local eruv despite the opposition of a Tory councillor who said that the religious boundary would be “marketing the place as a Jewish area”.

High Barnet councillor David Longstaff, cabinet member for safety and resident engagement, challenged the proposal at a planning sub-committee meeting at the town hall on Monday.


Langdon wins council cash for job schemes

November 1, 2012

Learning disability charity Langdon has been awarded £40,000 of the £200,000 available from Barnet Council’s Supporting Independence Fund for two employment projects.

Link2Support and Link2employment will focus on creating job opportunities for young adults with learning disabilities.


Mixed news for Barnet eruvs

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

The latest eruv for north London has moved a step closer with councillors approving planning permission for an application from the Woodside Park Synagogue trustees. But a decision on Barnet Synagogue’s plans for its own eruv has been deferred.


Barnet mayor tours Jewish Care sites

October 18, 2012

Barnet’s Mayor, Councillor Brian Schama, came away impressed from a tour of Jewish Care sites across the borough.

He visited the Holocaust Survivors Centre and Ella and Ridley Jacob House in Hendon, ending up at the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl campus in Golders Green, where he viewed facilities including the Otto Schiff care home and Selig Court independent living apartments.


JFS pupil publishes first novel

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

A JFS pupil with a passion for fantasy fiction is hoping that his first novel will be a charitable best-seller.
Daniel Marchant, 14, is the proud author of The Legend of Arthilian, whichhas just been published.


Maccabi enables disabled sportspeople

June 14, 2012

In partnership with UJIA, Maccabi GB held its second Enable event, involving people with disabilities in sporting activities.

Held at the JCoSS premises in Barnet, the morning session was for the under-18s. The afternoon programme catered for adults.