Edgware

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.

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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.

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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.

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£2.2 care project launched

May 30, 2008

Eighty Jewish Care supporters gathered in Edgware on Wednesday to mark the start of a £2.2 million mental health resource project.

The foundation stone for the Martin Cohen Centre for Wellbeing was laid by Marcia Feldman, the driving force behind the scheme.

It will herald a significant change in the charity’s delivery of services for those with mental health needs, moving away from the traditional model of a day care centre and offering a wide range of treatments and therapies.

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Rosh Pinah Primary raise money for Emunah with balloon launch

May 23, 2008

A balloon launch at Rosh Pinah Primary helped mark Israel’s Independence Day and raise almost £700 for Emunah. Pupils paid for the balloons and a prize will go the owner of the one found to have travelled the greatest distance. The cash will pay for toys and books for children in Emunah centres in Israel.

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Yeshurun Synagogue trial second service

May 23, 2008

Responding to congregants’ requests, Edgware Yeshurun Synagogue has introduced an experimental second Monday-to Friday shacharit service at 8am — an hour later than its primary morning service starting at 6.50 or 7am. The move acknowledges that there are now more would-be worshippers who work locally, or are retired, who do not need to get up quite so early. Yeshurun president Russell Grossman said the additional service was proving popular: “It’s a measure of the growth of our community.”

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Edgware's first lady

By Jay Grenby, May 23, 2008

Edgware and District Reform Synagogue has elected a female chairman for the first time in its 73-year history. For the next three years, Linda Kann will be at the helm of what is claimed as the largest Reform community outside North America, and indeed the largest synagogue of any denomination in the UK, with 2,000 member families.

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Birthday parties draw the crowds

By Jay Grenby, May 16, 2008

American rock band Blue Fringe hit the right note for 250 revellers at Stanmore Synagogue’s Israel 60th birthday bash, The group of four twentysomethings, who met at Yeshiva University in 2001, played a Jewish-themed set of pop, rock, funk and R&B to a predominantly youthful audience.

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'A different kind of rabbi' hailed by Chief

By Jay Grenby, May 16, 2008

Edgware Synagogue’s new minister is “a very different kind of rabbi”, Sir Jonathan Sacks told a 600-strong congregation on Sunday.

Addressing the induction service for Rabbi David Lister, the Chief Rabbi remarked that there were few ministers who could claim to be “adept on the violin and guitar, versed in French literature, astronomy and quantum physics, as well as author of a forthcoming book entitled Inter-Galactic Judaism, or whose induction sermon for his former Muswell Hill congregation had embraced an ode to a Harley-Davidson motorbike.”

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Former senior Israeli diplomat gives lecture at JNF House

May 9, 2008

Some 60 people gathered at JNF House for the second in a series of lectures given by Israeli political and social analyst Abbie Ben Ari. Mr Ben Ari, a former senior Israeli diplomat who served in the USA and the UK, spoke about  Israel over the past 60 years and its future.

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