By Jay Grenby, March 18, 2010
Bushey Synagogue will relocate to nearby Immanuel College for services over the summer months to facilitate a £1.2 million refurbishment of the shul.
A total revamp of the main building is due to start in May and finish in November. To minimise disruption to synagogue events, the building will not close until the majority of activities have ceased for the summer.
On completion, the congregation will gain new toilets, cloakrooms, offices, carpets, flooring and lighting.
By Leon Symons, March 11, 2010
Bushey Synagogue's Rabbi Meir Salasnik has cancelled all engagements for the next few months because of ill health.
Congregants have been informed of the news by letter. The shul gave no indication of his illness but said "the early prognosis is positive". Alternative arrangements will be made through the synagogue office for congregants who had booked the rabbi to officiate at a function.
Rabbi Salasnik, 58, has been minister at Bushey since 1979. He is secretary of the Chief Rabbi's cabinet and is responsible for hospital visitation.
March 4, 2010
New Immanuel College governors' chair Dr Sara Levene is well aware of what the Bushey school has to offer. Her daughter Dodie, a medical student at Imperial College, was Immanuel's head girl in 2007/08. Her son Harry sits his GCSEs at Immanuel this year.
A medical and special needs recruitment adviser for the Metropolitan Police, Dr Levene has also served the Child Accident Prevention Trust and the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.
Previously a Hasmonean Primary governor, she sees Immanuel as a school "able to support academic high achievers".
By Alex Hill, February 25, 2010
A once respected businessman who lied to suppliers and investigators in a desperate bid to keep his ailing clothing company afloat has received a suspended prison sentence.
Stuart Schlomo Hirt, 56, pleaded guilty to obtaining property by deception, making a false statement and forgery, having previously denied the allegations.
St Albans Crown Court heard today (Thursday) that Hirt, from Bushey, Hertfordshire, had built up a successful business after settling in the UK from Israel in 1977.
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