Learning to collaborate in Elstree

By Jay Grenby, March 18, 2013

For the fourth year running, the Elstree area Orthodox communities came together for an educational event organised jointly by the Hertfordshire Learning Experience and Seed.

Close on 100 members of the United, Federation and Sephardi shuls attended the pre-Pesach seminar at Yavneh College featuring a keynote address by Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz.


Elstree bids farewell to administrator

By Jay Grenby, February 25, 2013

The man known as “the ultimate encyclopaedia” of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue has retired after 22 years as administrator.


Yavneh boy gets his wings

By Sandy Rashty, January 28, 2013

A Yavneh College pupil has become one of the youngest people in the UK to receive silver wings from the Royal Air Force.

Scott Michaels, 16, qualified after the instructor on his gliding scholarship offered him a surprise solo flight opportunity for the first time earlier this month. He flew the plane for five miles at 800ft.


Yavneh school repair project proves a vehicle for knowledge

By Sandy Rashty, January 4, 2013

Three Yavneh College boys have spent almost three years restoring a lifeless Land Rover to full working order as part of the Borehamwood school’s “Classic Car Rebuild” project.


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.