It's good news worth sharing

By Jay Grenby, May 12, 2011

Northwood, Pinner, Ruislip and Watford combined for a "Good News from Israel" event hosted by Northwood United Synagogue.


Bereaved husband's cancer charity

By Robyn Rosen, April 7, 2011

A charity supporting Pancreatic Cancer UK is being set up by a Bushey Synagogue member whose wife died from the disease at the age of 33.

Nicki Blake died in November, barely a year after being diagnosed with an advanced form of the cancer which had already spread to her liver and bones.


Bushey open to review

February 17, 2011

With its refurbishment programme completed, Bushey Synagogue has launched a wide-ranging community review.

Bushey chair Louis Sharron says the idea is to "engage with our members, get their views on a number of topics and then make recommendations".

A steering committee chaired by management council member Alan Graham has identified various aspects of shul life which will be scrutinised by four working groups - community, education, finance and resources and communications.


Boris Johnson backs big Mitzvah Day

November 18, 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and London Mayor Boris Johnson are supporting the final push for Mitzvah Day, Sunday's community-wide volunteering initiative.

Dr Williams says "the Jewish community should be proud of what they achieve each Mitzvah Day. I am also proud that increasing numbers of Anglican groups are joining our Jewish friends, both to build bridges and to make a difference to those in our community who, from time to time, need a helping hand."

Mr Johnson describes the day as an example of the community spirit he wants to see across the capital.


Virtual lessons for Jewish students

October 21, 2010

Pupils at Immanuel College in Bushey will no longer have an excuse for delayed homework following the launch of its virtual learning classroom, Prism.

Prism allows teachers to post class notes, homework and specimen exam papers on a secure website, which students can access.

If, for example, the school was closed because of bad weather, "remote teaching" would fill the void.

"We are very excited about the scope of Prism," said marketing director Naomi Cowan.

"Teachers are energised by its capabilities and the opportunities it opens up."


MP James Clappison at Bushey ceremony

By Jay Grenby, October 14, 2010

Hertsmere Borough Council held its annual civic service at Bushey United Synagogue, where the current mayor, Cllr Linda Silver, and her husband Geoffrey, have been members for almost 40 years.

Joining the 200-plus gathering were fellow mayors from across the county, MP James Clappison and Hertfordshire Deputy Lord Lieutenant Stuart Nagler, himself a former Hertsmere mayor.


Mourners' cars vandalised during funeral

By Robyn Rosen, September 28, 2010

Mourners at a Bushey cemetery funeral are facing expensive vehicle repairs after "malicious" vandalism.

They discovered the damage following the funeral of Alan and Rochelle Bernard, who died after a car collided with them as they walked along a road to their holiday home in Dorset.

Graham Temple from Radlett, who had known the Bernards for more than 30 years, said the funeral had been attended by 800 people. "Even though we got there early, the car park had filled and many vehicles were parked along the grass verge outside the cemetery. I estimate there must have been 40 to 50.


Students reach new level with top A Level results

August 26, 2010

A-level results this year have attracted particular interest because of the introduction of the new A* grade. And many Jewish pupils were star-struck.

At JFS, 48 per cent of grades were As or A*s and more than three-quarters of the 489 results were grade B or above.

Eighty per cent of Immanuel exams were passed at grades of B or better. And King Solomon High School pupils recorded a 99 per cent pass rate overall, with nearly three-quarters gaining a C grade or above.


Bushey going back to school

By Jay Grenby, August 12, 2010

Bushey Synagogue congregants are praying that normal services can be resumed as soon as possible - and certainly by the High Holy-Days.

As part of phase two of the shul's £1.2 million refurbishment scheme, the main synagogue has been completely gutted.

So for the summer holiday period, the community has decamped for Shabbat services to Immanuel College, half-a-mile away.


Council approve £10m JBD development

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

A £10.6million Jewish Blind and Disabled development of mobility apartments has been given the green light by Hertsmere Council. The Bushey project will incorporate 39 one-bedroom apartments for physically disabled or vision impaired people of all ages and two apartments for full-time on-site house managers.