Joy for rabbi and campaigners as council agrees to take in 50 Syrians

By Rosa Doherty, October 1, 2015

A London council has agreed to resettle Syrian refugees after a campaign led by a local rabbi.

Rebecca Qassim Birk, rabbi at Finchley Progressive Synagogue, headed a Citizens UK effort to get Barnet Council to take in the refugees.

Council leader Richard Cornelius announced that the local authority would accept 50 Syrians at a meeting at the synagogue on Sunday, attended by 200 people.


JW3 experiencing a post-merger numbers boom

By Simon Rocker, September 24, 2015

JW3 chief executive Raymond Simonson says it has begun to reap the rewards of its merger with the London Jewish Cultural Centre earlier this year.

Whereas JW3 was recording an average of 4,000 visits a week before the two organisations united in April, that number has risen to around 4,500 in the succeeding months.

Bookings for films, shows and other events during the April to August period


Mugger's dad fined

By Naomi Firsht, August 20, 2015

A father has pleaded guilty to intimidating a mugging victim who accused his son of robbery.

Mark Izraelov, 50, of Finchley, was fined £1,500 for his conduct towards Samuel Brown during an encounter at Sami's kosher restaurant in north London.

Yacov Izraelov, 20, of Finchley, was subsequently convicted of mugging Mr Brown.


Finchley Federation PR drive draws crowd

By Jay Grenby, July 30, 2015

An intensive Finchley Federation publicity campaign to promote its new home in Victoria Avenue paid off when its launch Shabbat service attracted more than 150 people - three times the normal turnout.


The road to ruin? JW3 attacks plans to cut bus route from Golders Green

By Josh Jackman, April 8, 2015

A proposal to scrap a bus route which links Golders Green to the JW3 centre in Finchley Road has been criticised by communal chiefs.

Transport for London has run a public consultation, closing this Friday, over dropping the number 13 bus, along with its nocturnal equivalent, the N13. To soften the blow, TfL has suggested making the 82, which covers the same route, a 24-hour service.


Merged JW3/LJCC reveals its opening programme

By Simon Rocker, April 2, 2015

The London Jewish Cultural Centre and JW3 have published their first joint programme since formally merging last month.

Most of the spring events will now take place at JW3's Finchley Road site, although LJCC's premises will remain open until the end of July for a couple of exhibitions and its language courses.

"Everyone is excited about it," said JW3 chairman Michael Goldstein.


Tea parties stir lonely back into the social whirl

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

Madelaine Baker's husband Joe died in September. Making the adjustment to life on her own has been difficult and she needs "something to look forward to, outside of your regular schedule".


Masorti panel is split on UK Jewish future

By Rosa Doherty, February 16, 2015

A heated debate on the future of British Jewry in the light of rising antisemitism was a highlight of a Masorti educational and cultural day at the New North London Synagogue in Finchley.

At a “Question Time” session during the annual Yom Masorti programme, panellists were asked if they agreed with Maureen Lipman’s comment that Jews were no longer safe in Britain.


Pardes House scores well with inspectors

By Simon Rocker, January 22, 2015

Finchley strictly Orthodox school Pardes House Grammar has been ranked as good by inspectors.

Pupils "often reach standards that are at least one or two years ahead of their contemporaries," Ofsted reported.

Pardes House has 153 boys aged up to 16 on its roll.


Moving tale of bakery

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2015

A kosher bakery has shut up shop at the north London premises it occupied for close on 50 years.

But Parkway Patisserie - which closed its main Finchley branch last Friday - hopes to be back in business at a nearby site by the end of the week.

Parkway served its first customer the day after Pesach in 1967.