Moving services geared to bringing the young into shul

By Simon Rocker, October 6, 2016

A new minyan launching on Saturday is aimed at making shul a "must-go" experience for young people rather than a twice-yearly chore.

The United Synagogue's first Minyan on the Move will be held at Finchley Synagogue tomorrow morning and the plan is to run it at different locations through the year.

"We're looking to take it on the road," said Josh Zaitschek, the Young US rabbi.


Street-Porter joins Norwood lunchers

September 29, 2016

Janet Street-Porter put the case for charity to more than 200 Norwood supporters at its annual ladies' lunch, held at Kinloss, Finchley.

"There's nothing wrong with being ambitious but this cannot be at the expense of others," the author and broadcaster said.


Model young mensches

By Simon Rocker, September 8, 2016

Finchley Reform Synagogue's kindergarten has rapidly restored its reputation for excellence after being downgraded as inadequate by Ofsted in March.

On a return visit in July, inspectors found "significant improvement" and rated it outstanding in all areas.

They said its well-behaved children make "rapid progress" and enjoy an "extensive range of high-quality learning experiences".

They p


Top Marx is commonsense Reformer

By Simon Rocker, August 18, 2016

One institution you might not expect the Reform movement to highlight is the mikveh. But its new chairman enthuses about the prospective renovation of the ritual bath at its Sternberg Centre headquarters in Finchley.

"If you have got something to celebrate, go and immerse yourself," Geoffrey Marx says.


Clary stars for newlyweds

July 8, 2016

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Bradley Reback married solicitor Stuart Lawrence in the first male gay wedding under Finchley Progressive Synagogue auspices since the 2013 law change enabling same-sex marriages.

The 150 guests at the wedding, held at the couple's home, were entertained by actor and comedian Julian Clary, who made the simchah the unofficial final night of a three-month national


Schoolmates sock it to rival chess finalists

By Sonia Zhuravlyova, July 7, 2016

"I won, yeah," grinned Alex Bentwood to a loud cheer from his teammates.

Alex was one of six under-11s from the Akiva Junior School in Finchley, north London competing in the finals of the National Primary School Chess Championships this week.


Perfect day for couple hitched at hospice

By Rosa Doherty, June 30, 2016

When Simon Cooper saw the doctor in January he thought he had pulled a muscle in his chest.

He was shocked to discover he had lung cancer, having struggled for his whole life with cystic fibrosis. Mr Cooper started chemotherapy straight away, but after three weeks tests showed the cancer had spread.


'I talked myself out of a job at JW3 - but tensions were rising'

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2016

New UJIA deputy chair Louise Jacobs still misses the London Jewish Cultural Centre.

As the LJCC's final chief executive, she oversaw the merger with JW3 last April. Programmes were shut, redundancies made and LJCC's Ivy House premises in Golders Green - once the home of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova - were sold to developers of a Catholic girls' school.


'Fitting tribute' to Duffield's vision

April 21, 2016

London Mayor Boris Johnson has applauded JW3's "fantastic" contribution to London's cultural life.

In a written message to the Finchley Road centre's Life and Soul dinner, which raised £220,000, Mr Johnson described JW3 as "everything a community hub should be and a fitting tribute to the vision of [key funder] Dame Vivien Duffield, who I have worked with and admire".