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.


JNF forced to make more staff redundant

By Simon Rocker, December 9, 2010

JNF UK expects to have to make further staff cuts as a result of the economic climate.

The charity, which recently closed a number of regional offices, said that further streamlining may lead to "a number of redundancies". The future of JNF's education department is under review. The charity's Edgware headquarters has been put up for sale, although a new location has yet to be found.


Edgware school gets funded

By Robyn Rosen, December 2, 2010

Edgware Jewish Primary School has won its battle to become state-funded.

Barnet Council approved the school's application on Monday and it will take effect from January 3.

Expressing gratitude to the council, governors' chair Eddy Breuer-Weil added: "EJPS is the first Orthodox Jewish primary school to achieve voluntary aided status this century. This is the culmination of two years of working in partnership with Barnet Council. We look forward to realising the benefits for the children of EJPS."


Rival hots up milk market

By Leon Symons, November 25, 2010

A milk price war has broken out in kosher shops in London and Manchester after the arrival of a new supplier.

Until now, milk for the strictly Orthodox community has been produced by Charedi Dairies and Edgware Dairies under licence from Kedassia, the kashrut division of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, and the London Beth Din. It has been typically sold for 94p a litre.

But a fortnight ago, the Milk Company in north-west London launched its product under the licence of the London Beth Din and two independent rabbis.