Warm words from Chile

September 10, 2015

Addressing the congregation at his induction service, Edgware Masorti Synagogue's Chilean-born rabbi, Mijael Even-David, said it seemed "strange to have this ceremony exactly a year after my arrival. In my view, it is a vote of confidence in myself and my wife."

He invited local clergy and elected representatives to work with him to show that "people of faith can bring love and healing".


Joining the Fed

July 23, 2015

Kehillas Netzach Yisroel in Edgware is to join the Federation of Synagogues as a constituent member after 16 years as an independent congregation.

Established as a Seed Shabbat morning minyan in 1999, Netzach Yisroel has grown from 15 families to 100.

Gateshead-born Rabbi Dovid Roberts has been its spiritual leader since 2001.


Volunteers get their moment in the spotlight at care awards

July 23, 2015

Presenting awards to some of Jewish Care's star volunteers, comedian and writer Ivor Baddiel paid tribute to those who helped his father, Colin, at the Leonard Sainer Day Centre in Edgware.

The centre supports those with dementia and Mr Baddiel said: "I know first-hand the work you do and the commitment, dedication, thought and, of course, care that goes into it.


Hatzolah ambulance service adds Edgware to its duty roster

May 28, 2015

Hatzolah, the Jewish ambulance service, has launched in Edgware, its fifth medical emergency provision in the country.

Its 15 volunteer medics, who will be on a rota to attend to calls 24 hours a day, followed a training programme run by Simon Blackburn, head of clinical training at UK Specialist Ambulance Service, and senior anaesthetic registrar Asher Lewinsohn.


Enhancing the 'emotional health' of the community

By Barry Toberman, April 8, 2015

Relationship problems, bereavement, illness, unemployment, low self-esteem, sexuality and gender - all are issues which can adversely impact on emotional well-being. For more than 35 years, a Jewish counselling service, Raphael, has helped clients from London and the Home Counties deal with these and other "emotional health" matters.

At the outset, its counsellors saw 100 people a month.


School dinner is spiced up by news of first home

February 5, 2015

Noam Primary School has finally found a permanent home, 16 years after accepting its first handful of pupils.

Details were revealed to 300 supporters at the school's annual dinner at the VIP Lounge in Edgware on Tuesday, which raised £200,000 towards the project.

The permanent site is in East Road, Burnt Oak and the expectation is that building work will be completed in the next 15 months.


Sabra Travel shuts shop but owner remains in the trade

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2014

Sabra Travel in Edgware took its last booking on December 31 after 40 years serving the Jewish community. But owner Sonia Michaels will continue to offer full travel agency services to leisure and corporate clients in association with 2001 Travel in Mill Hill.


Berger learns about Jami

November 6, 2014

Shadow Health minister Luciana Berger gained a first-hand appreciation of the work of mental health charity Jami when she toured the Martin B Cohen Centre for Wellbeing in Edgware.

She met service users, staff and volunteers. discussing ways to tackle the stigma around mental health within the Jewish community.


Shabbat UK: Lighting up Edgware

October 30, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis started off his own Shabbat UK at Edgware Synagogue, where hundreds danced around the shul during the Kabbalat Shabbat service.


Tashbar gets good grades

July 24, 2014

The Tashbar Primary in Edgware has received "good" grades in all areas from Ofsted inspectors.

Established in 2005 with fewer than 10 pupils, there are now 178 boys on the roll. It is anticipated that it will move to premises next door during the next academic year once refurbishments have been completed.