Ten-year-old shofar blower answers Elstree shul's SOS

October 21, 2016

When The Liberal Synagogue Elstree's regular shofar blower was unavailable, Rabbi Pete Tobias asked: "Is there a blower in the house?


The dog who helps turn pages

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2016

Yavneh College has a new learning assistant to help improve pupils' literacy - Flick, a 12-year-old Jack Russell terrier.

Once a week the dog comes into Borehamwood secondary school with her owner, Susan Marks, to lend a paw in Year-seven classrooms.

Research has shown that children who struggle with reading fiction aloud can overcome their anxiety with moral support from a four-legged frien


'Bulge' year at Yavneh

By Charlotte Oliver, March 17, 2016

Yavneh College has announced it will offer an additional 30 places to prospective students by creating a one-off bulge year this September.

The Borehamwood school revealed that its governors had decided to create the additional spaces following a meeting on Tuesday night.

The decision follows another year of the school being heavily oversubscribed in applications.


Minyan group gets bigger say at Borehamwood

By Jay Grenby, January 29, 2016

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue members who attend its Southside minyan at Yavneh College are to be given a greater say in the shul’s governance.

A new BES management structure will see the current team of five honorary officers plus the senior rabbi augmented by two officers whose prime responsibility will be to represent the interests of the Southsiders.


Row over fraudster's son's barmitzvah

By Charlotte Oliver, December 3, 2015

The son of a convicted fraudster will not be allowed to celebrate his barmitzvah in the main synagogue of his local shul, it has been revealed.

But Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue denied claims that it had ostracised the family of Dan Jacobs, insisting his relatives had "always been welcome".


Borehamwood shul thinks pink

November 17, 2015

A Shabbat service at Ohr Yisrael shul in Borehamwood was a sea of pink. The event, Pink Shabbat, organised by Elise Cirsch, Emma Coleman and Jonathan Rose, invited the community to "turn pink" for one Shabbat, while the shul used pink tableware, challot and Shabbat flowers. The entire community dressed in at least one item of pink to mark the occasion, raising awareness of Breast Cancer.


Fraudster faces jail for taking in-laws' £120,000

By Josh Jackman, October 29, 2015

A fraudster faces a jail sentence after pleading guilty to taking more than £120,000 from his in-laws' bank accounts over a five-year period.

Dan Jacobs, a former member of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue in Hertfordshire, admitted five counts of fraud on Monday.


Women take 'big step' with Torah dance

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2015

Women carried Sifrei Torah at Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue on Simchat Torah in what is described as "a big step" forward.

On Monday, the shul's kiddush hall was equally divided by a mechitzah, with around 200 men on one side and 100 women on the other.


Partnership minyan has first batmitzvah

By Simon Rocker, October 1, 2015

The Borehamwood partnership minyan, Kehillat Nashira, has celebrated its first batmitzvah since its establishment two years ago.

As well as giving a dvar Torah on a Shabbat morning, Sarah Douek carried the Sefer Torah around the women's section and was called up during the reading of the Torah.

Her mother, Laura Hudes-Douek, said: "Many present at the service watching Sarah take her first fe