Borehamwood

Pupil travel plan is abandoned

By Jay Grenby, September 2, 2010

Plans by Borehamwood parents to send their children on a cross-London journey to Ilford Jewish Primary School have been abandoned after a number secured late places at Jewish schools closer to home.

Frustrated at their failure to obtain offers from local Jewish schools, two dozen parents attended a meeting at Borehamwood Synagogue in May. They heard IJPS head Roz Levin and governor Howard Kemp extol the virtues of the Ilford school, which had a number of vacancies for the new academic year.

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MSFL Preview: Division Four

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

With seven new teams joining the league, Division Four is undoubtedly one of the toughest to call.

With a season under their belts, Jewventus look strong contenders given the calibre of player that they have brought in. The pace of Jeremy Kornhauser will terrorise rival defences with player-manager Gabriel John predicting that both he and Richard Fogelman will register 20 goals apiece.

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Tobias pilots change in Progressive reading

By Jay Grenby, August 19, 2010

The Liberal Synagogue Elstree is to pilot a new triennial structure for Torah readings, allowing extended readings from the five books of the Torah.

Shul minister and Liberal Judaism rabbinic conference chair Pete Tobias is behind the project, drawing up the revised structure during a sabbatical. Rabbi Tobias has long believed that the yearly pattern of Torah readings in most Progressive synagogues offers an unconnected selection of excerpts giving no sense of the whole.

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Branching out for simchahs

By Jay Grenby, August 19, 2010

A Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue member has set up a tree of life to commemorate the many simchahs in the growing herts community.

Leaves can be used by families to mark births, bar- and batmitzvahs, weddings, anniversaries and other celebrations. Former board member Aaron Kaye was inspired by a similar initiative prompted by his father, Larry, at Bournemouth Chabad.

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Elstree does its civic duty

By Jay Grenby, August 5, 2010

Emeritus Elstree and Borehamwood minister Rabbi Alan Plancey was among local councillors at the shul's annual civic service on Shabbat.

The 400-plus congregation, including police representatives, was told by Rabbi Naftali Brawer that the shul took its civic responsibility seriously. "A number of our members are elected councillors and we are exceptionally proud of the work they do for all the residents of Borehamwood and Elstree. We are also thankful for all the dedicated support we receive from the wider municipal services."

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Glee for Jewish Don't Stop Believing finalists

By Robyn Rosen, July 29, 2010

A north London family have formed a band and beaten 8,000 competitors to reach the final stages of a new television talent show.

Parents Laurence, 57, and Bebe Jacobs, 55, and their three children Alex, 27, Avi, 24, and Shira, 21, will perform in front of a live audience on Channel 5's Don't Stop Believing on Sunday (August 1).

Presented by former Spice Girl Emma Bunton and judged by singers Anastacia and Duncan James from Blue, former EastEnders actress Tamzin Outhwaite, and High School Musical choreographer Charles "Chucky" Klapow, the show is based on the popular US series Glee.

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Jewish girl's Haiti charity project

July 29, 2010

Borehamwood batmitzvah girl Sadie-Mae Arellano has raised nearly £300 for World Jewish Relief's Haiti emergency appeal by making and selling 100 tie dye T-shirts.

The Yavneh College pupil wanted to mark her batmitzvah by adopting a charity. "I thought it would be an important step in becoming a Jewish adult and taking responsibility to help others." She had been moved by "the shocking pictures of how the people of Haiti were suffering. I wanted to help and chose WJR's appeal."

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Teens gear up for charity cycle

July 26, 2010

Two Jewish teenagers from London have set off on a sponsored cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for impoverished Ukrainian children.

The JFS pupils, deputy head boy Jake Freedman, 17, and former head boy Danny Feuer, 18 will cover more than 1,000 miles during the course of the trip.

The pair, both from Borehamwood, are hoping to raise funds for the Tikvah children’s home in Odessa.

They will be riding up to 95 miles a day, staying in youth hostels along the way.

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Support urged for Borehamwood eruv change

July 22, 2010

Hertsmere Jews have been urged to rally behind an application to vary the positions of some poles for the long-awaited Elstree and Borehamwood eruv, which has been submitted to the local council.

The revised application was demanded by Hertsmere planners last month after it was found that obstacles such as trees and underground utilities required the relocation of a number of previously approved positions.

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Gove: free schools 'can still be totally Jewish'

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

Jewish parents hoping to set up new schools under the coalition government's flagship education proposals may have to take pupils of different faiths - at the expense of Jewish pupils.

Empowering parents to set up free schools was a key pledge in the Conservative election campaign, but those schools must take 50 per cent of pupils without reference to religion.

The 50 per cent ceiling on faith admissions for new academies was introduced under Labour, but the Coalition government has decided not to lift it, so it will apply to new free schools as well.

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