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.


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.