At home in Radlett and Elstree

By Charlie Jacoby, November 19, 2010

It's one of London's superstar suburbs, with a low-key loveliness that attracts the rich and famous. Surrounded by green belt, Radlett emerged as a top-rank suburb in the late 19th century, following the building of the Midland Railway from Bedford to London. Today its population of 8,000 (around a quarter of them Jewish) can boast some of the highest property prices along the M25.


Gordon steps down at Yavneh

By Leon Symons, November 18, 2010

Malcolm Gordon has stepped down as governors' chair of Yavneh College in Borehamwood, having been involved in the school since its inception 11 years ago.

"I have been part of Yavneh since the first meeting on the whole project," said Mr Gordon, who has been succeeded by vice-chair Sue Nyman. "I have always said I would step down once all the building work has been completed and that has now happened.


Teenager first to set up war graves website

By Leon Symons, November 11, 2010

A website that will eventually contain details of all the Jewish servicemen and women who gave their lives in two world wars goes live this week – and it has all been created by a teenager.

Daniel Levy's interest in war graves was sparked during a visit to France four years ago with his scout group. The youngster was struck by the number of Jewish graves they came across.


Rabbi appears via video-link

By Jay Grenby, October 14, 2010

A little matter like the 5,000 miles temporarily separating Rabbi Pete Tobias from his religion school pupils at The Liberal Synagogue Elstree wasn't going to stop him taking the weekly service. Despite his absence from Hertfordshire on a visit to his son in Los Angeles, it was thanks to the power of the internet, and a devotion to duty which saw him rise at 4.15 am, California time, that the minister was able to lead the 15-minute service which concludes the Sunday morning sessions.


Writer pens Etrog mystery for Succot

By Jay Grenby, September 21, 2010

Prolific author and broadcaster Rabbi Pete Tobias has made a first foray into the realm of children's books with the publication of The Secret of the £5 Etrog, in time for Succot.


Paratrooper lands at London synagogue

By Jay Grenby, September 16, 2010

One of the UK's largest congregations, Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, has appointed its first associate rabbi following a nine-month search.

Israeli-born Boruch Boudilovsky will be joining the community in time for Succot. He attended schools and colleges in Israel and America and gained his semichah in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Boudilovsky served in the Israel Defence Forces as a paratrooper and most recently has been teaching children with mild learning disabilities at an Israeli school. He has also been a visiting rabbi and chazan for several Jerusalem synagogues.


Elstree eruv one step closer

By Jay Grenby, September 7, 2010

The end looks finally in sight for the long-awaited Elstree eruv following the unanimous approval by Hertsmere Borough Council planners of a revised application.

An eruv trust representative said the decision would "bring closure to all planning related matters within 30 days".

The hope is that the religious boundary, covering most of the Elstree and Borehamwood residential areas, could be operational by the end of autumn. Only a small number of the eruv poles require modification or re-siting.


Bricked up in borehamwood

By Simon Rocker, September 7, 2010

As Channel 4's Big Brother hurtles towards oblivion - at last - on Friday, consider the spiritual welfare of our own dear Vanessa Feltz.

As I write, the blond broadcaster, who volunteered to take part in the final programme, is still cocooned with fellow-celebrities in the televised den and may remain so during Rosh Hash-anah unless she is evicted beforehand.

Just in case she should go festively without, offerings of apple and honey and pomegranate seeds should be left outside the Big Brother house in 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.


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.