All-day opening plan for Edgware nursery

By Jay Grenby, August 1, 2008

The private Gan Kinneret nursery based at Edgware Synagogue is extending its opening hours and taking in babies as young as 12 months to meet the needs of the growing band of local mums in full-time employment.

Until now, the nursery has been open on weekday mornings, taking in 40 children between the ages of two and five, half of whom stay on for lunch and an extra hour of play. But from September, it will open from 8am until 5pm and accept children from the age of one.


More than £1,000 raised for Magen David Adom

July 25, 2008

More than £1,000 was raised for Magen David Adom from a lunch for 40 hosted by Sally Strauss and catered by sponsors Louis Mann.


School in a spot over parking plans

By Jessica Elgot, July 18, 2008

Staff and parents at Edgware’s Menorah Foundation Primary are upset over Barnet Council’s revised controlled-parking-zone proposals for Burnt Oak.

Initial plans included Abbots Road, where the school is located, prompting complaints that it would be impossible for parents of the 230 pupils to drop and collect them safely.

Although the amended proposals leave Abbots Road just outside the zone, Menorah bursar Hilary Krotosky fears that commuter parking will “clutter up the road from beginning to end of the school day”, creating further problems.


Edgware seeks assistant

By Jay Grenby, July 18, 2008

The 1,500-member Edgware United Synagogue is looking for a full-time assistant minister to provide support for Rabbi David Lister, who joined at the beginning of the year.

As well as helping Rabbi Lister in his day-to-day pastoral work, the new recruit would be expected to develop student and adult-education programmes and, in conjunction with Tribe, take responsibility for the synagogue’s various youth programmes.


Mystery as butcher withdraws cooked meats

By Leon Symons, July 4, 2008

A leading North-West London butcher has been forced to withdraw cooked meats from its shelves for several weeks, but the reason remains unclear.

The Meat Hygiene Service, part of the government’s Food Standards Agency, issued a remedial-action notice to the Kosher Delicatessen chain, which has shops in Temple Fortune, Golders Green and Edgware and a production factory in Cricklewood. As a result, thousands of pounds worth of cooked meats were cleared from its shelves.


Sarah Brown lauds leaders

By Jay Grenby, July 4, 2008

The Prime Minister’s wife, Sarah Brown, was at Edgware and District Reform Synagogue to present certificates to the 23 young graduates of its leadership programme.

“This is a shining example of a truly thriving community,” Mrs Brown told them. “You have worked so hard these past two years, and I am sure you understand the great responsibility and opportunity you now have to lead the way. You have the qualities to help nurture and inspire those around you.”


Basic Hebrew course launched in Edgware

June 13, 2008

A term-time barmitzvah and batmitzvah course is being launched by Edgware Synagogue. Taught by Rabbi David Lister, it will run for a year. Participants are expected to be able to read Hebrew and possess basic Jewish knowledge.


Edgware Reform visits Lithuania

June 6, 2008

Four dozen Edgware Reform members went on a five-day trip to Vilnius where they visited sites of Jewish interest. Some of them also used the visit to trace the Lithuanian roots of relatives.


Pair arrested after £14m raid

By Dana Gloger, June 6, 2008

Two well-known members of the London Jewish community have been arrested in connection with the Metropolitan Police’s first large-scale investigation into the use of safety deposit boxes by criminals.

The JC understands that Leslie Sieff, 60, and Milton Woolf, 52, were arrested after more than 300 officers simultaneously raided Safe Deposit Centres Ltd’s three depots in Hampstead, Edgware, and Mayfair.

Mr Sieff and Mr Woolf are directors of the company.


Edgware Synagogue hears of hospital's terror plight

June 6, 2008

In a joint Jerusalem Day venture, Edgware Masorti Synagogue and the Zionist Federation presented “Ashkelon under fire”. The speaker was Lea Malul of Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Centre, who explained how the hospital coped with the constant threat of terror. Barzilai is fundraising for a protected underground facility for patients as its buildings are not fortified against rocket attacks.