Sky's the limit for Noam

July 7, 2011

Noam Primary secretary Joanna Serfaty proved herself a real high-flyer on Sunday with a sponsored skydive in aid of the school's new home project.

Ms Serfaty jumped from 10,000ft at the Parachute Centre in March, Cambridgeshire. "It's the most terrifying thing I have done," she said.


Abramovich man funds school

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

A Russian oil billionaire who is a close confidant of Roman Abramovich has been revealed as the primary donor for the £4.2 million rebuilding project at Edgware Jewish Primary School.

EJPS is acknowledging Eugene Shvidler's generosity by changing its name next year to the Beit Shvidler Primary School.


We've been taken for a ride on Father's Day

June 23, 2011

There was no Father's Day lie-in for Norwood-supporting dads who joined the charity's annual junior bike ride for seven-to-14-year-olds and their families.

The start time was 10am for the 450-plus riders at the Haberdashers' Boys' School in Elstree as they set off on a 10-mile off-road course.

First-time entrants included nine-year-old Jack Adler from Mill Hill, whose father Dan also took pa


Zinkin and Pack battling for US presidency

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2011

The two United Synagogue vice-presidents will go head to head in an election for the presidency of British Jewry's biggest religious organisation.

Peter Zinkin of Golders Green Synagogue and Stephen Pack of Cockfosters and North Southgate are battling to succeed Simon Hochhauser as president in the July 11 poll.

Whoever wins will be primarily responsible for the selection of the next Chief R


Cullum sets tone for £3.7m dinner

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

Brit award winning pop and jazz singer Jamie Cullum sang the praises of Jewish Care at its campaign dinner on Monday, which raised a record £3.7 million.

Addressing almost 1,000 guests at Grosvenor House in central London, Cullum said he had been "absolutely blown away" by a visit to the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl campus in Golders Green, where he spoke to residents.


Rosh Pinah builds

June 16, 2011

A £3.5 million building programme at Edgware's Rosh Pinah Primary including a modern early years unit has been approved by Barnet Council and construction is expected to start in January.

The project is designed to have Rosh Pinah's operations on a single site in Glengall Road. Its 120 nursery and reception children are currently taught at the original school site in Mowbray Road.


Ilford primary reveals £10m move

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

Ilford Jewish Primary School has announced that its 370 pupils will move to the the nearby King Solomon High site in Barkingside as part of a £10 million project with its current premises being used for a Hindu school.

In August, Redbridge Council invited proposals for a new school on the IJPS site.


Lucky escape from falling tree

May 5, 2011

An Edgware Synagogue member ran for his life as a 20-tonne tree crashed into his Borehamwood flat, destroying wedding gifts stored in the loft.

Daniel Raphael, 28, saw the tree starting to fall as he went to his car. He was hit by branches but managed to take shelter. "It's amazing no one was hurt. The whole block caved in." The Farm Close flats may have to be demolished.


Stanmore speeds towards eruv launch

By Jay Grenby, May 5, 2011

An eruv covering most of the Jewish residential areas in Stanmore and Canons Park could be operational by the end of June.

Construction of the religious boundary began this week and - if there are no unforeseen hitches - will be completed within the month. This leaves a further four weeks for essential inspection and testing before the eruv is ready for use.


Noam is on the move

April 14, 2011

Independent Orthodox primary Noam has purchased a site for its first permanent building.

The seven-acre site in Grahame Park Way, between Hendon and Edgware, is closer to the majority of its 156 pupils than its current base at Wembley Synagogue.

Noam has operated from three temporary homes since launching with five pupils 11 years ago.