Edgware seeks state aid for school project

By Robyn Rosen, July 15, 2010

Edgware Jewish Primary is ready to start building a single-form entry school and hopes to become state funded when it opens in 2011.

EJPS has been operating as an independent school since 2006, growing from an opening intake of 39 pupils to more than 130 children.

In October 2008, it was granted planning permission for a larger site in Hale Lane.

This will be equipped with high-tech IT facilities, library, gym, playground and full disabled access. It will make more places available in years two to four and at full capacity, EJPS will accommodate 240 children from the age of three.


Stanmore minyan for Sephardi

By Jay Grenby, June 24, 2010

An experimental Sephardi minyan at Stanmore United Synagogue attracted 30 people to its first service.

Conducted on Shabbat morning by some of the shul's regular lay service leaders, it was aimed at what minister Rabbi Mendel Lew termed "the substantial number of Sephardim among Stanmore's members".


Edgware Mikveh project approved

By Jay Grenby, June 24, 2010

Edgware Lubavitch has received planning permission from Barnet Council for the construction of a permanent brick building to house the mikveh at the rear of its Hale Lane premises.

It replaces a wooden cabin which was destroyed by fire last year, al-though the ritual bath itself escaped damage and has continued in use inside a temporary structure.

The new building will be twice the size of its predecessor and, for the first time, will allow the mikveh to be used by women as well as men, although only on Friday nights.


Dragon's Den for Langdon entrepreneurs

By Jessica Elgot, June 17, 2010

It was Dragons' Den with a difference in Edgware, the difference being that all seven budding entrepreneurs received financial and practical backing from the panel.

The ideas were sold to five "business angels" by London and Manchester-based young people with mild to moderate learning difficulties supported by the Langdon Foundation.

Over 50 people watched the candidates being quizzed by the angels, who included accountant Adam Cohen, internet specialist Dan Crown and construction boss Nigel Henry.


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Edgware Rabbi has heart attack

By Jay Grenby, June 10, 2010

Edgware Reform congregants have said prayers for the recovery of associate minister Rabbi Neil Kraft following his "massive" heart attack.

The American-born rabbi is in Northwick Park Hospital after collapsing at home.

Members were told at the Shabbat morning service. "It came as a huge shock to us," said one congregant, "especially as Rabbi Kraft had been the life and soul of all our recent 75th anniversary celebrations".


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Trainee ministers intern for Shavuot

May 21, 2010

A Shavuot intern programme is giving United Synagogue trainee ministers first-hand experience of the life of a community rabbi.

Under the scheme, Ben Kurzer has been assigned to Belmont, Elchonon Feldman to Borehamwood and Binny Fogelgarn to Edgware.

After spending Shavuot in their designated communities, their week ends on Sunday with a brunch with Dayan Yonason Abraham.


Rosh Pinah under fire over admissions

By Simon Rocker, May 13, 2010

Barnet Council has received complaints over admissions to the nursery of Rosh Pinah School in Edgware for September.

The JC has been unable to confirm the reasons for the objections although one local parent claimed that the two-form entry school had failed to abide by its admissions rules. Governors' chair Barbara Hotz was unavailable for comment despite repeated requests.

A council spokesman said: "We have received a few complaints from parents applying for places at Rosh Pinah Nursery School. We are working closely with the school to support them with their admission arrangements."