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


Sick Elstree rabbi will miss Yomtov

By Jay Grenby, September 10, 2015

The United Synagogue's largest congregation, Borehamwood and Elstree, will be without its senior minister on Rosh Hashanah.

Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz underwent emergency surgery after being taken ill on holiday in Italy.


Silkin moves as Beis Yisrael hits home problem

By Simon Rocker, August 20, 2015

The rabbi of a fledgling Borehamwood community has left the area after less than two years to live in more Orthodox Hendon.

In a farewell letter, Rabbi Shimshon Silkin, who launched Beis Yisrael in September 2013, wrote of the problem of trying to find permanent premises for the new community.

"Despite raising significant funds and two years of intensive searching, we have still come up shor


Schools' plans go before DfE

July 9, 2015

Proposals for two new Jewish free schools in the Elstree area have reached the final interview stage at the Department for Education to determine whether they will be given the green light to proceed.

The LL Group wants to open a pluralist primary for 420 children.


Primary project attracts a crowd

By Jay Grenby, April 2, 2015

Yavneh College Trust chair Malcolm Gordon is "hugely encouraged" by the 300 turnout at an information meeting on the school's proposed addition of a primary section on its Borehamwood site.

The plan is to apply for a two-form entry free school with a target opening date of September 2016.


Yavneh reveals bid to add primary section

By Barry Toberman, February 26, 2015

Yavneh College in Borehamwood is reviving plans for a primary section and intends to submit an application for a free school to the Department for Education at "the earliest opportunity".


Elstree's first twin piques interest of visiting party

By Jay Grenby, February 19, 2015

A Galilee moshav close to the Lebanese border has been chosen as Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue's first twin community.

Shtula was the target of the first Hizbollah attack in the 2006 Lebanon war, in which two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped.

Borehamwood congregants Simon Hoffman and Rowel Genn recently visited the village, which is home to 60 families.