Borehamwood

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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Caretaker’s barmitzvah

May 21, 2009

Borehamwood Synagogue celebrated a barmitzvah with a difference on Shabbat when the shul honoured caretaker Bernie Bray, marking his 13th year with the community.

Addressing Mr Bray at the conclusion of the morning service, Rabbi Naftali Brawer praised his dedication to the congregation and stressed the high esteem in which he was held.

Although not Jewish, he knew “as much about Judaism as many Jews”.

Before attending a kiddush in his honour, Mr Bray was presented with certificates, a gift and a book in which members had penned personalised tributes.

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Star bargains

April 22, 2009

Bellway’s Orion development has opened in Borehamwood, Herts - and you can live there for as little as £76 per week.

Orion has just over 100 contemporary one-bedroom apartments priced from £129,995 and two-bedroom apartments from £169,995.

A roof garden is planned, for use by all residents and many apartments have individual balconies. All apartments have allocated parking.

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Nursery is blossoming

April 2, 2009

A new Borehamwood Jewish nursery is proving so popular that it is already over-subscribed for the September term.

Run by mother-of-two Rivka Bicks and her sister-in-law Louise Bicks, Little Bicks is based at Federation synagogue Ohr Yisrael. It is about to offer full day care during term time and the Bicks are looking to run a summer scheme, in response to parental demand.

“We have only been open for two months, but the response has been phenomenal,” Rivka Bicks said. “We are just delighted to be able to help ease parents’ worries about their childcare.”

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