Herts Ladies enjoy "alfresco flavours"

July 25, 2008

One-hundred members of Herts Ladies, drawing from Hertfordshire's nine United Synagogue communities, enjoyed an "alfresco flavours" cookery demonstration by Denise Phillips. Borehamwood ladies' guild hosted the event, whose £700 proceeds will benefit Israeli charities.


Local Masorti community enjoy first barmitzvah

July 25, 2008

The new Masorti community in Elstree and Borehamwood has celebrated its first barmitzvah - that of Yavneh pupil Helena Raymond-Hayling - and is soon to have its first barmitzvah boy, Matthew Gelber. Founded last November, the community has grown to a membership of 80.


Kaddish explored on BBC World Service

July 4, 2008
An exploration of the history and significance of the Kaddish as the mourner’s prayer was conducted by Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue’s Rabbi Naftali Brawer for the weekly BBC World Service Heart and Soul programme.  Among his interviewees were Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks and two members of his own congregation, Aryeh Myers and Michael Davis. The latter has regularly recited the prayer on behalf of those without family members to do so.


Tough? We’ll swim 22 miles

By Jay Grenby, June 20, 2008

Two remarkable sisters are about to complete the equivalent of a cross-Channel marathon swim, raising more than £23,000 for Jewish and non-Jewish charities in the process.

Talya and Dani Jacobson have been taking to the water at their local baths most days over the past few months to swim 1,408 lengths of the 25m indoor pool, the equivalent of the 22-mile width of the English Channel.


Parents ‘in limbo’ over school squeeze

By Dana Gloger, June 13, 2008

At least 30 children in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, have failed to obtain a place at a Jewish primary school for September, despite their parents’ wishes.

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, in Radlett, is the closest Jewish school, but chair of governors Rebecca Hilsenrath said that this year around 80 children failed to get a place at its nursery.Around half of these would probably  have been from Borehamwood.

Some managed to find places in other nearby Jewish schools including the Michael Sobell Sinai School, in Kenton, and Rosh Pinah, Edgware.


Two women mayors start work in Herts

By Jay Grenby, June 13, 2008

Councillor Sandra Parnell (Hertsmere) and Councillor Farida Turner (Elstree and Borehamwood) have respectively been installed as borough and town council mayors.

As Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Parnell, 70, represents the major Jewish centres of Borehamwood, Elstree, Bushey and Radlett. Having served as deputy mayor, her plans to make aliyah were scuppered by the death of her husband, Leslie, earlier this year.


Yavneh 'outstanding', says Ofsted

By Leon Symons, June 6, 2008

Anglo-Jewry’s newest secondary school has received the highest marks possible ratings in its first Ofsted inspection.

Yavneh College in Borehamwood was awarded an outstanding grade in almost every area. The inspection team observed that what had been achieved in five terms was “remarkable”.

Overall, they found Yavneh’s “leadership and management outstanding” and “standards of work exceptionally high”. The curriculum and spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of the school were also ranked as outstanding.


Ban urged on violent videogames

May 16, 2008

Rabbi Naftali Brawer has urged Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue parents to keep the Grand Theft Auto IV computer game out of their homes. Addressing a Shabbat service, he decried the graphic violence depicted in the best-selling game, adding: “The Holocaust demonstrates how an entire nation can become desensitised to the worst kind of violence inflicted on human beings.”


JNF's first Women 4 Sderot fundraiser a success

May 9, 2008

The JNF Israeli Forum has launched a new women’s committee, Women 4 Sderot, in response to the crisis in Sderot. The group’s first fundraising event raised £6,000 and was held in Borehamwood, where 70 people attended a lecture by life-coach Noa Rockman. JNF Israeli Forum chairman Leora Torn-Hibler and committee member Riki Joel recently visited Sderot to ensure that shops have received the funds and are distributing vouchers for people in need.


Boutique evening helps school with minibus target

April 25, 2008

A boutique evening — the first public fundraising event organised by the Yavneh College Association — helped supporters of the secondary school to reach their £8,325 target for a minibus. Over £1,000 was brought in as local community members turned out in force to shop for products ranging from Judaica to hairstraighteners. There was also a stall run by Yavneh pupils, who raised more than £120 for Great Ormond Street Hospital from the sale of greetings cards they had made from recycled materials.