Survivors' stories find a young audience

By Jay Grenby, January 4, 2013

Elstree’s Ohr Yisrael (Federation) Synagogue and the local Yavneh College have launched a programme to enable Jewish 11-16-year-olds to hear the stories of Holocaust survivors at first hand.


Silkin wants to stay at Elstree - but in a fresh role

By Jay Grenby, November 29, 2012

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue’s interim senior minister is no longer seeking to make the post permanent.

Rabbi Shimson Silkin said this week that despite “considerable pressure to reapply”, he felt “it would be best for all concerned to turn the page and open a new chapter”.


A sign of the times as pub becomes Elstree Shtiebel

By Jay Grenby, November 29, 2012

Drivers passing the former Artichoke pub on Elstree Hill North might well have cause for a double-take.

For, although a pub sign remains, it now depicts a tallit-draped Jew, as befits the conversion of the historic hostelry into the Elstree Shtiebel.


Game on - Yavneh students invent a best-seller

By Sandy Rashty, November 8, 2012

Seven Yavneh College boys have designed a board game that is set to go global.

As part of a business and enterprise challenge, the year-eight pupils at the Borehamwood school came up with the strategy-focused “Buzzing Battle Bees”.


Queen's Award for trade is something to drink to

By Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

Italian Beverage Company founder Sheldon Flax is celebrating the announcement of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

Based in Borehamwood, the company’s product lines range from hot chocolate to smoothies, and also produces juices, syrups and milk shakes. Morrisons, Pret a Manger and Costa Coffee are among the major high-street chains it supplies.


Gove fields tough exam question at Yavneh College

By Sandy Rashty, September 20, 2012

Education Secretary Michael Gove was put on the spot over exam grading by a sixth-former during a tour of Yavneh College in Borehamwood last Friday.


Elstree chair longs for stability

By Jay Grenby, September 14, 2012

Replacements for the Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue officers who resigned last month following allegations of breach of confidence and disclosure of confidential material say they want to bring stability to the fractured congregation.


Dena Coleman to retire from Yavneh College

September 6, 2012

Dr Dena Coleman, head-teacher of Yavneh College since it opened six years ago, is to retire at the end of the academic year.

Dr Coleman said: “It has been a great privilege to set up Yavneh College and to see it grow into a successful, well-established school. I am very proud of what has been achieved and look forward to watching the school flourish still further over the coming years.”


Shuls that are too big to manage

By Miriam Shaviv, August 17, 2012

This is a painful and unusually personal column, because it concerns the complete breakdown of management at my shul and the partial breakdown of community relations.


Honorary officers resign at Borehamwood Synagogue

By Jay Grenby, August 9, 2012

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue members, along with United Synagogue leaders, were dismayed to hear that three of the shul’s four honorary officers have resigned.