Teen dies in Finchley road tragedy

By Jessica Elgot, April 7, 2011

The teenage son of a Hatton Garden businessman has died after being hit by a car.

Would-be boxer Jourdan Deal, 19, was hit by a Renault Clio as he crossed Regent's Park Road, Finchley, on Friday.

He was a student at Regent's Park Business College and the son of Jonathan Deal, owner of the Heart of Hatton Garden jewellery store, who lives in Finchley with his wife Susan.


'Kind and generous' road crash teenager mourned

By Jessica Elgot, April 6, 2011

The "friendly, kind and generous" teenage son of a Hatton Garden businessman has been killed after being hit by a car.

Jourdan Deal, 19, who had ambitions to take up boxing, died of severe head injuries when he was hit by a black Renault Clio as he was crossing Regent's Park Road, Finchley last Friday evening.


Finchley shul: 'It's ours'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 31, 2011

Three months into the role as Finchley Progressive Synagogue minister, Rabbi Rebecca Qassim Birk feels "blessed to be working with a wonderful community".

Since joining FPS – after working part-time at Westminster Synagogue and a stint at Woodford Progressive – Rabbi Birk has introduced a regular lunch and learn and plans to launch "Shabbatots", a service for children.


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Finchley school's £6m plan

By Jessica Elgot, March 10, 2011

Morasha Jewish Primary School has won planning permission for a £6 million new home in Finchley.

The independent school hopes the project will be a springboard towards voluntary-aided status, enabling its expansion from 56 pupils to 210 from reception to year six.


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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.