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.


Kanterovitz sees strength in the Elstree 'diversity'

By Simon Rocker, June 24, 2013

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue members have given a ringing endorsement to the rabbi recommended to be their new spiritual leader.

Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz of Manchester’s Yeshurun Synagogue received 92 per cent support in a ballot to approve his appointment.


Elstree selects its man

By Simon Rocker, May 13, 2013

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, which has been without a senior rabbi for nearly two years, could be close to plugging the gap at the top after leaders named the man they want.

Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz, the minister of Manchester’s Yeshurun Synagogue and previously of Kenton Synagogue, will visit the Hertfordshire congregation next month ahead of a members’ ballot on his appointment.


Another rabbi to go at Elstree

By Jay Grenby, April 1, 2013

Having experienced difficulty finding a permanent minister, Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue is to lose its associate rabbi.

The shul says Rabbi Boruch Boudilovsky — who came to Borehamwood from his native Israel nearly three years ago —will be returning home “to further his career and follow opportunities there”. He will remain with the congregation until after Yom Kippur.