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 3, 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 12, 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.


Pair arrested after £14m raid

By Dana Gloger, June 5, 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 5, 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.


Edgware Reform visits Lithuania

June 5, 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.


£2.2 care project launched

May 29, 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.


Edgware's first lady

By Jay Grenby, May 22, 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.


Rosh Pinah Primary raise money for Emunah with balloon launch

May 22, 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.


Yeshurun Synagogue trial second service

May 22, 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.”