£3,000 for Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue building fund raised from gala concert

November 13, 2008

Around £3,000 for the Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue building fund was raised from a gala concert featuring the music of some of America's best-loved performers. They Did It Their Way was staged by the production company run by shul social committee members Jack Applebaum and his wife, Cheryl. Songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Doris Day and Perry Como, among others, entertained an audience of 200.


Gold star gives sports report

By Jay Grenby, November 13, 2008

Double Olympic rowing gold medallist and four-time world champion Steve Williams thrilled the sporting stars of Bushey's Immanuel College by presenting their awards for performance in internal events, local leagues and Maccabi tournaments.

He also had words of encouragement for late sporting developers, confiding: "I was the least obvious person in my school to become a professional athlete - I always came last in every race. It wasn't until I was 13 and took up rowing that I discovered I was good at a sport."


Bushey US: 2009 charity will be Watford Women's Refuge

October 30, 2008

Bushey United Synagogue has announced that its charity for 2009 will be the Watford Women's Refuge. The refuge offers temporary accommodation to women and children threatened with domestic violence. Each year, the congregation selects a non-Jewish charity to support, with the intention of benefiting the wider community. The 2008 charity is the British Heart Foundation. Congregants are hoping to raise £2,500 to buy a defibrillator from the BHF, for use in shul, should anyone be unfortunate enough to suffer a cardiac arrest while on-site.


Immanuel College amateur dramatics enthusiasts perform for parents and peers

July 22, 2008

Forty-five Immanuel College amateur dramatics enthusiasts performed scenes from popular plays for an audience of parents, teachers and fellow pupils. Featured works included Blood Brothers, The Tempest and Julius Caesar and Immanuel head Philip Skelker said: "It was great to see students involved in all aspects of the evening, from lighting and props to stage make-up."


Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks pays tribute to Bushey Synagogue volunteers

July 11, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks paid tribute to Bushey Synagogue volunteers at a reception at the shul. The 100 guests fulfil a variety of roles, from opening up the building in the morning and assisting with mail-shots to involvement in the pioneering Bushey Community Cares programme. Bushey chairman Paul Mendelsohn said it was good to show appreciation for the efforts of volunteers on a more personal basis.


Esther Rantzen addresses Association of Jewish Refugees' summer get-together

July 11, 2008

Broadcaster and journalist Esther Rantzen addressed an Association of Jewish Refugees' summer get-together at Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue. The meeting was attended by 125 AJR members - Holocaust survivors and refugees from Nazism - and organised as part of the association's outreach programme.


Barmitzvah boy defies illness

By Jay Grenby, July 4, 2008

Bushey Synagogue was packed to capacity on Shabbat for the barmitzvah of Marc Lebe, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, an incurable muscle-wasting genetic condition which leads to disability and premature death.

An integral part of the community since his birth, Marc has been unable to walk since he was 10, is losing movement in his upper limbs and has moderate learning difficulties.


Bushey Synagogue hears of impact of prayer on Israeli soldiers

July 4, 2008
A British-born man currently serving in the Israeli Army addressed Bushey Synagogue congregants on the impact of prayer and Jewish values on front-line soldiers in Lebanon. Ben Apfel also spoke to another group of members on “From boys to men in 10 minutes: How Israeli children become guardians of the State of Israel”.  Bushey chair Paul Mendelsohn described the talks as “moving, enlightening and instructive”.


Lib dem leader addresses sixth-formers

June 13, 2008

Liberal Democrat leader in the Lords, Lord McNally, addressed Immanuel College sixth-formers as part of the “Peers in Schools” programme. Lord McNally discussed the relationship between the Commons and the Lords and some of the Bills currently going through Parliament.


Bushey backs £6m revamp

By Jay Grenby, June 6, 2008

Bushey Synagogue members have voted overwhelmingly for a £6.7 million redevelopment of the shul site, just over a year after rejecting the original proposals by a slim majority.

The support of around 85 per cent of those at last Wednesday’s extraordinary meeting means the board will seek planning permission from Hertsmere Borough Council for the three-phase programme. This involves a major reconstruction of the synagogue premises and the demolition and replacement of inadequate out-buildings which house a wide range of youth and communal activities.