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British Reform leader Mike Grabiner picked for international role

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2011

British Jew has been named as the new chairman of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

Mike Grabiner, the former chair of the Movement for Reform Judaism will replace current chairman, Californian Steven Bauman, at the umbrella organisation. The WUPJ serves communities in more than 45 countries around the world.

Mr Grabiner, a member of Finchley Reform Synagogue, is the chair of governors for the recently opened cross-communal secondary school JcoSS.

A Cambridge University graduate, he grew up in an Orthodox household but moved to Reform Judaism as an adult.


New chapter for up and coming leaders

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Ten up and coming Manchester Jewish community leaders were given a reading list by the Chief Rabbi during a weekend in London when they met top communal personalities.

Manchester UJIA United Jewish Leadership Group members spent Shabbat with Rafi Zarum, head of the London School of Jewish Studies, hearing how he had helped to turn around the former Jews' College.

The group then split between Masorti's New North London Synagogue, Finchley Synagogue and the North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green.


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Home shopping expert makes special delivery

By Jessica Elgot, February 3, 2011

A TV jewellery expert became an emergency midwife when his wife gave birth to a boy in their Finchley living room after a labour of only two hours.

Gary Rockman, 32, helped Melissa, 38, deliver their son early last Friday morning while their other child, two-year-old Sonny, slept undisturbed upstairs.


Snowy struggle for mother and sick son

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2010

A mother-of-three has told of her "terrifying" struggle through snowy London to take her ill son to hospital.

Suzanne Baum, a writer from Finchley, became concerned about nine-year-old Zack on Saturday morning after he complained of a fever. Within hours he had a temperature of nearly 40 and said that his eyes were hurting.

"He was fading in and out of consciousness and I began to think it could be meningitis," said Mrs Baum.


Student shortage threatens deaf classes

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2010

A lip-reading class for the deaf and hard of hearing is on the brink of closure because of a shortage of students.

The Wednesday class at the Jewish Deaf Association in North Finchley launched two years ago after Barnet College ended its longstanding courses following funding cutbacks. JDA chiefs believe the issue is not a lack of need, but that "not enough people know about our classes".

Executive director Sue Cipin said lip-reading was vital to people with hearing impairment.


MPs secure parliamentary debate on antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2010

MPs will have the chance to quiz ministers on the coalition government’s policies to tackle antisemitism next January, thanks to the efforts of two backbench MPs from opposing parties.

The debate, to take place in parliament on January 20, is the first one focused on antisemitism to be set up by backbench MPs.

John Mann and Mike Freer, respectively the chair and vice-president of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Against Antisemitism, instigated the debate to give MPs the opportunity to discuss ways to tackle antisemitism.


A pattern emerges from JCoSS and Finchley shul

By Katie Taylor, November 25, 2010

Pupils at the new cross-communal secondary school, JCoSS, enjoyed government support for their Mitzvah Day activity - bringing in hats, scarves and gloves for World Jewish Relief's Operation Winter Survival campaign.

Transport Minister and Chipping Barnet Tory MP Theresa Villiers visited the school on Friday, where students deposited their warming items into decorated boxes, receiving a Mitzvah day sticker in return. The clothing will be dispatched to needy Jews in Eastern Europe.


Motorbike crash victim mourned

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2010

A Jewish pensioner has died after she was hit by a motorbike in East Finchley.

Anita Cash, 86, was taken to hospital by air ambulance after the collision on High Road, near the junction with Chandos Road, at 5.04pm on Tuesday November 2.

Ms Cash, who lived in East Finchley, passed away at the Royal London Hospital a week later, on Tuesday.

Police are appealing for information about the incident, involving a Honda Shadow 750.