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.


Persian community join the US

November 4, 2010

Finchley Persian Sephardi Min-yan has formally joined Finchley Synagogue (Kinloss) as a satellite community, with full United Synagogue membership status and Kinloss congregant benefits. It is first formal arrangement between a United and Sephardi community.

The Persian minyan has operated from the Finchley Synagogue site for a number of years. As part of the recent Kinloss refurbishment, a new shul was constructed for the minyan.


Henlys Corner road safety scheme saved

October 28, 2010

An £8 million road improvement scheme at Henlys Corner which will make crossing the busy junction easier for Finchley Synagogue members is to go ahead as planned. The upgrade had been placed under review, along with all Transport for London projects, until the government's spending plans were made clear.

The signal-controlled crossings will be automated on Shabbat.

Finchley congregants currently face a risky crossing or a 15-minute detour.

The main building work will start next spring.


The JCC Big Baby Shower

By jcclondon, October 26, 2010
Thursday 11 November
7:30pm - 9:00pm


JCC Little Tales

By JCC, October 26, 2010
Wednesday 3 November
3:30pm - 4:30pm


One rabbi and his dog

By Katie Taylor, October 22, 2010

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and his dog Mitzpah will be doing a sponsored walk from Frankfurt to Finchley.

The trek is in support of Tikkun Olam – repairing and helping the rest of the world.

The New North London Synagogue rabbi will be raising money to construct libraries in the Galilee, in Northern Israel, and in Malawi.

Donations will also go to a Jewish community centre in the Ukraine and to a mentoring programme to help young people develop social enterprise projects.

The pair plan to cover 250 miles by foot and use public transport for the rest of the distance.


Jewish free schools are on schedule

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2010

Both new Jewish free schools are on target to open in September 2011, despite fears that up to half of the 16 new free schools will not meet deadlines to open in September.

Peter Kessler, leader of the group of parents who are planning to set up Haringey Jewish Primary School, said the school was making faster progress than nearly all of the other approved schools and pupils would be able to start in September.

The school is preparing a business plan and a public consultation in time for the government’s deadline at the beginning of December.


JCC Allotment – Fruit Growing Trip

By JCC, October 7, 2010
Sunday 17 October
9:00am - 4:00pm


School backtracks on expansion plan

By Robyn Rosen, September 28, 2010

Akiva School in Finchley has backtracked on plans to expand to three-form entry.

In June, the primary applied to Barnet Council for funding to purchase the adjacent beit midrash from the Movement for Reform Judaism to make space for an extra form.

Philip Simmons, chair of the school's foundation, said then that the move had been prompted by high demand for places. But despite being awarded the funding, governors have now decided not to proceed.