Borehamwood

Yavneh deputy head leaves

By Leon Symons, November 5, 2009

The deputy head of Yavneh College in Borehamwood is leaving to head a new academy school in Essex.

Matthew Slater joined Yavneh in 2005, a year before it opened, and has been instrumental in overseeing most of the building work that has transformed it into a state-of-the-art school.

He is leaving at the end of this term to become principal of Drapers’ Academy in Harold Hill, a project similar to Yavneh in that the new school will be developed from existing buildings.

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Rabbi wins Tory seat

By Jay Grenby, October 29, 2009

Elstree and Borehamwood emeritus minister Rabbi Alan Plancey has an extended congregation after winning the Borehamwood North seat for the Tories in a Hertfordshire County Council by-election.

In his new role he will draw on the people skills honed during more than 30 years as a community rabbi.

“I don’t want them to go to waste and now I am going to employ them for the benefit of the whole community,” he said.

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Yavneh pupils to make their mark at Eton

By Leon Symons, October 29, 2009

A group of pupils from Yavneh College in Borehamwood will be visiting Eton College next week for the first of what the school hopes will be regular exchanges.

The group, mainly from year-10 because the youngest Eton pupils are 13, will be taking part in a faith forum at the famous public school. They will be telling pupils from other faith schools about Judaism, what it means to be Jewish and what life is like in a Jewish school.

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Shul vandals are the children of members

By Jay Grenby, October 15, 2009

Congregants’ children vandalised Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue’s play area over Yom Kippur, the shul has claimed. Yet an email appeal for the culprits to come forward and contribute to the cost of repairs has to date met with a zero response.

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Ex-recruit warns: ‘beware missionaries’

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2009

A former member of Jews for Jesus has warned that missionary Christians are creating a “spiritual holocaust in our communities” by converting Jews.

Julian Ciss told an audience at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue how he had been recruited and later converted by the organisation.

He explained how he was approached by an evangelical Christian at a college art fair in his native Canada, and after beginning a relationship with the woman started attending her church.

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Sephardi minyan launches in Elstree

By Jay Grenby, September 10, 2009

A Morning service in Allum Hall, Borehamwood, tomorrow is the latest step towards a Sephardi minyan for the Borehamwood and Elstree area.

Among the minyan founders is banker Daniel Cuceiro, originally from Spain, who joined the local Federation shul when his family moved to Borehamwood four years ago. He came to realise that there were many other Sephardim in the area who attended Orthodox synagogues and shared his desire to worship according to their own traditions.

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Borehamwood nursery gets good marks from Ofsted

August 20, 2009

Borehamwood’s only all-day Jewish nursery school has followed its first academic year with an encouraging Ofsted report.

Ofsted rated Little Bicks highly in most areas and head Rivka Bick was pleased that the nursery was praised for offering “a high level of care and education”.

The report singled out the committed and well-qualified staff, who “responded promptly and appropriately to the children’s individual needs, providing a range of stimulating activities backed up through real life experiences such as day trips to areas of interest in the community”.

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Wood work for the young

July 9, 2009

Joseph Machta and Dovid Benmayer are the new Borehamwood Synagogue youth directors and will start their job-share in September.

Both have been active in Jewish life on campus, served as cheder teachers, and have a youth work background through Bnei Akiva.

According to a member of the community’s youth management team: “We have a very extensive youth programme at Borehamwood and look forward to Joseph and Dovid bringing their passion and commitment to the creation of further exciting activities which will attract even greater numbers of young people.”

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Elstree eruv gets pole gains

By Jay Grenby, June 25, 2009

An eruv covering much of Borehamwood and Elstree is almost ready to go, members of the area’s two Orthodox communities have been told.

The final requirement before work can begin is the formal rubber-stamping of marginally revised plans by Hertsmere Council and Hertfordshire County Council’s highways department.

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Dads can’t watch girls

By Keren David, June 25, 2009

Fathers have been banned from watching their daughters compete at a Jewish secondary school’s sports day.

Yavneh College in Borehamwood has written to parents informing them that “male spectators” are not allowed at the girls’ section of sports day, which is taking place on Monday.

“I disagree with this strongly,” said one mother, who asked not to be named. “It’s done for religious reasons but it’s completely over the top. My daughter is very disappointed that her dad won’t be able to watch her compete.”

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