'If we all did this we would be in a better place'

By Naomi Firsht, November 20, 2014

Looking at the joyful photos of this year's Mitzvah Day, you might well say a picture is worth a thousand words. But some photos do not tell the whole story, as is the case with the photos taken by volunteer Sarah Ezekiel at the Mitzvah Day event she organised at the Marie Curie hospice.


Shabbat UK: All roads lead to party time in Elstree

By Jay Grenby, October 30, 2014

Getting into the spirit of Shabbat UK, families in Links Drive, Elstree - all stalwarts of Elstree Shtiebel - held an impromptu Friday night party. They invited Jewish friends and neighbours from the road and adjoining Barham Avenue, as well as fellow shtiebel congregants.


MS sufferer completes rabbinical training

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 11, 2014

Completing the rigorous rabbinical studies course is tough for anyone with a full-time job. But Gideon Schulman has also had to cope with Multiple Sclerosis.


Crowd pleasing rabbi

By Jay Grenby, February 24, 2014

There was standing room only at Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue on Shabbat as more than 600 people attended the induction of senior minister Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz.

Conducting the ceremony, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said the Borehamwood congregation was one of the United Synagogue's "crown jewels".


Israeli minister 'snubs' Yavneh College

February 3, 2014

The president of Yavneh College in Borehamwood, Benjamin Perl, has complained to the Israeli embassy that the country’s Education Minister, Shai Piron, did not visit Yavneh, despite going to a nearby non-Jewish technical college during his recent trip to London.


Memories of Dena Coleman

January 27, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis led the tributes to the late founding head of Borehamwood’s Yavneh College, Dr Dena Coleman, at a memorial evening attended by 450 people on Sunday.


Third site to change lives Langdon style

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

Langdon opened its third supported living community in Borehamwood.

The charity, which helps vulnerable youth and adults with learning disabilities, already provides supported housing schemes in Edgware and Manchester.

Langdon chief executive Alison Rosen said the £1 million unit is “a major milestone and a proud moment for the charity.


Orthodox women's lead role

By Simon Rocker, November 25, 2013

Borehamwood held its first partnership minyan — an Orthodox service where some of the prayers can be led by women — last Friday evening.

The event, at the local Allum Hall community centre, attracted some 60 people, divided equally between the sexes, who sat separately on either side of a mechitzah. Men led minchah and ma’ariv. A woman took the Kabbalat Shabbat service.


Former Elstree rabbi launches congregation

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2013

A new Orthodox congregation has launched in Borehamwood, affiliated to the independent Ner Yisrael community in Hendon and led by the former interim senior rabbi of Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue, Shimshon Silkin.


Women to lead prayers at partnership minyan

By Simon Rocker, September 2, 2013

A new Orthodox minyan where women can lead some of the prayers is to launch in Borehamwood in the autumn. It will be the first such minyan to be held on a regular basis in the UK and follows a one-off “partnership minyan” in Golders Green in June.