Finding their way to golden future

February 23, 2012

More than 50 young people spent their half-term trekking in the Brecon Beacons as part of the JLGB's expanded kosher expedition provision for the Duke of Edinburgh gold award.

Participants came from the London area, Manchester and Cardiff. Among them was Helena Raymond-Hayling from Borehamwood, who found "the whole experience great.


Stanmore eruv ready

December 1, 2011

The Stanmore eruv has been completed and will be operational on Shabbat, "subject to the final regular check of the week" by the community's shomrim.


London synagogue initiatives attract the votes of politicians

November 24, 2011

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone joined Muswell Hill teenagers clearing litter from Cherry Tree Wood as part of a Mitzvah Day venture. The Hornsey and Wood Green MP said she "really enjoyed the good clear up, with some spring bulb planting to top it off. I am always excited to join the local synagogue for this wonderful day of community action.


Open doors at Yavneh

November 17, 2011

Parents hoping to secure a place for their child in the new primary section of Yavneh College for September 2012 are invited to an open evening at the Borehamwood school on November 24.

Although planning permission has been granted, several matters remain to be resolved before building can begin, said governors' chair Sue Nyman.


Sephardim in the Wood

October 6, 2011

More than 170 people attended the launch dinner of the Borehamwood Sephardi congregation at Yavneh College.

There were speeches from Sephardi leaders and an auction helped swell the proceeds to in excess of £10,000. Services are being held weekly at Allum Hall, Borehamwood.


Bnei Akiva in training

October 6, 2011

Israeli expert Ilan Frydman was flown over by Bnei Akiva for a training day for more than 150 madrichim from Finchley, Edgware, Borehamwood, Southgate and Birmingham.

BA's Deborah Blank said: "It's really incredible the significant improvements we have already noticed from this investment in the future leaders of Anglo-Jewry." A Shabbaton in Bushey was organised to train local leaders.


Elstree goes surveying

October 6, 2011

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue is undertaking a far-reaching survey of its 1,300-plus member families, targeting every age demographic.

Led by the shul's strategic planning group, it began on the shul premises over Rosh Hashanah, with teaser banners bearing slogans such as: "If our community won the lottery, how should we spend it?"

On Yom Kippur, members will be asked to donate their "th


From pub to shtiebl in Elstree

By Jay Grenby, September 22, 2011

A former Elstree pub is to be converted into the area's first shtiebl, complementing an already extensive choice of minyanim.

Communal philanthropist Mendel Tajtelbaum is behind the £1.5 million project, which he believes will justify his belief that "Elstree will soon become the new Edgware".

He is known to the more Orthodox elements of the local community because of the sponsorship of the


Yavneh primary plan approved

By Jay Grenby, September 22, 2011

A planning application for the construction of a two-form entry primary section at Yavneh College in Borehamwood has been given the green light by Hertsmere councillors.

Parents of prospective pupils turned out in force at the committee meeting, at which the application was unanimously approved - "a very positive affirmation of what we are trying to achieve", said governors' chair Sue Nyman.


Schools to run bus services for Herts students

By Jay Grenby, September 15, 2011

Yavneh College in Borehamwood is to introduce its own school bus network following the decision of Hertfordshire County Council to abolish free or concessionary transport to Jewish and other faith schools by September 2012.

The Yavneh service will cover pupils living within the county boundaries - for example, Bushey, Radlett, Elstree and Shenley.