Kindertransport refugee dies after flooding evacuation

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

An 85-year-old German refugee who came to the UK on the Kindertransport has died after being evacuated from her home following flooding.

Ruth Borger, who had not previously left her Edgware house for 15 years due to illness, died hours later in hospital. Her funeral was at Edgwarebury Lane.


Scroll down memory lane

February 24, 2011

Members of a young professionals' minyan at Edgware Synagogue have raised more than £2,000 to restore a scroll from the defunct Hammersmith Synagogue for use in Shabbat services.


Knife attack thwarted

February 17, 2011

Police have praised a couple who chased away a knife-wielding teen attempting to rob an 11-year-old JFS boy in Edgware.

Officers have urged the couple, thought to be aged around 40, to come forward to help with the investigation. They had been walking their dog when they saw the attack.

The incident happened at the junction of Station Road and Edgwarebury Lane in the afternoon of February 10. The suspect is described as black, aged around 13, 5ft 7in tall and dressed in a black hooded jacket.


Bereaved mum urges genetic disease testing

By Jessica Elgot, February 10, 2011

Karen Weber devoted 21 years to caring for her son Jacob, who suffered from the extremely rare familial dysautonomia, a genetic disease affecting Ashkenazi Jews. Now she wants to raise awareness of the condition and encourage couples to test for FD as they would for Tay-Sachs.

A year ago, both she and her son caught swine flu and he was in intensive care for months. "His body just couldn't cope," Ms Weber recalls. "He slowly went down and he died in my arms, with me talking to him and holding him until the very end."


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Bolly good show aids education in India

By Jennifer Lipman, February 3, 2011

Members of London's Indian and Jewish communities joined forces for a Bollywood dance evening in Edgware.

Organised by four Hasmonean year nine girls, the cross-cultural event supported the Wings of Hope charity, providing educational facilities in India and Malawi.

The girls decorated a hall at the Edgware Yeshurun synagogue in suitable style and arranged henna body art for guests.

Dancers from the nearby Indian community taught participants the steps to a traditional Indian routine.

More than 70 people attended and £700-plus was realised for Wings of Hope.


Reunion is very much old school

February 3, 2011

There was a nostalgic evening in Edgware for more than 40 people who attended the Solomon Wolfson Primary in the immediate post-war era.

Jewish educator Flora Frank hosted an informal reunion for the former pupils of the then Ladbroke Grove school, some now in their eighties.

"It was a really special school, and our get-together was incredible," Mrs Frank reported. "There were cousins who had not met for years and a brother and sister who hadn't spoken to each other for 15 years, but were reconciled at the reunion.


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Edgware Sephardi minyan closes

By Jay Grenby, December 29, 2010

A Sephardi minyan which opened its doors with high hopes in January 2008, has announced that it has closed, due to insufficient support.


Shul CCTV catches purse snatcher

By Marcus Dysch, December 9, 2010

An Edgware synagogue has been thanked by police for its role in the jailing of a heroin addict who assaulted a pensioner outside the shul. The Yeshurun Synagogue in Fernhurst Gardens assisted officers' inquiries after the incident last month.

Christian Molnar, 30, of Burnt Oak Broadway, was jailed for 24 weeks at Hendon Magistrates' Court after admitting snatching a purse from an 84-year-old non-Jewish woman to fund his addiction.

The shul handed police a CCTV recording of the mugging which showed Molnar making off with the purse.