WJR's naked ambition for winter appeal

September 7, 2010

World Jewish Relief is counting on a warm-hearted response to its Operation Winter Survivor Campaign to collect essential winter items in Eastern Europe.

And to promote the initiative, the charity gave the "Naked Lady" statue at Henly's Corner, Finchley, some temporary covering in the form of a WJR scarf.

The campaign target is 10,000 items for dispatch before December, when temperatures in some areas can drop below minus 20 degrees. As well as donating new or nearly new goods, supporters are being asked to contribute £5 towards transport costs via a text facility.


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Close knit group's tribute to a friend

September 2, 2010

Four north-west London women have been knitting blankets for elderly WJR clients in the former Soviet Union in memory of a dedicated supporter of the charity.

Mimi Israel, Vivienne Kesztenbaum, Georgette Salinger and Michele Stern are honouring their good friend Rosalind Beckman, who died of cancer a few years ago.


Finchley's virtual audience

September 2, 2010

Finchley Reform Synagogue's Community Without Boundaries project is launching with the streaming of Shabbat and festival services online.

The enterprise - funded by a Joint Jewish Burial Society grant and a member's donation - is aimed at both FRS congregants unable to get to synagogue and Jews without easy access to a community.

But initially, the highest concentration of users will be in Polotsk, a small northern Belarus town. FRS is twinned with the community, whose members will use the stream to learn the service and eventually to lead minyanim.


Success for Muslim-Jewish twins

By Rebecca Burns, August 27, 2010

North London twins from a Muslim and Jewish background are pursuing Jewish-themed career paths after their A-levels.

Yasemin Narcin hopes to go into primary school teaching via a course at Leo Baeck College. Her brother Yusuf has a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study classical based trombone performance. He is trombonist in a klezmer influenced band, Gabby Young and Other Animals, which has played at Glastonbury.

The twins, whose mother is Jewish, attended Finchley Progressive Synagogue and a Turkish mosque but it was the Jewish community which left its mark.


Masorti shul seeks music director

August 26, 2010

New North London Synagogue in Finchley is advertising for a youth and music director, despite having a preferred American-based candidate.

In a letter to members of the Masorti congregation, joint chairs Basil Shall and Sarah Manson reported a positive feedback to a visit from chazan Jeremy Burko, who is originally from Canada.


Ben Winston leaves Wingate & Finchley

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2010

Ben Winston has stepped down as assistant-manager of Wingate & Finchley.

Recently appointed as manager to Team England ahead of next year's European Maccabi Games in Vienna, Winston told the players after their pre-season victory over Barnet.

Winston said: "Although I think this is the year we will get promotion, it is too difficult for me to commit so much time. I though it was best to take a break rather than be half-hearted in my approach."


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Students to sing live on Glee talent show

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2010

Two Jewish singers from a Nottingham University musical society are to compete for a place in the final of Channel 5 talent show “Don’t Stop Believing”.

Along with 16 others from the campus-formed group “Musicality”, Max Grant, 21, a medical student from Finchley, and James Lewis, 22, an English graduate from Watford, will face the public vote after a live performance this Sunday.

Both are used to the limelight, having starred in a number of Musicality concerts and musical theatre productions.


Glee for Jewish Don't Stop Believing finalists

By Robyn Rosen, July 29, 2010

A north London family have formed a band and beaten 8,000 competitors to reach the final stages of a new television talent show.

Parents Laurence, 57, and Bebe Jacobs, 55, and their three children Alex, 27, Avi, 24, and Shira, 21, will perform in front of a live audience on Channel 5's Don't Stop Believing on Sunday (August 1).

Presented by former Spice Girl Emma Bunton and judged by singers Anastacia and Duncan James from Blue, former EastEnders actress Tamzin Outhwaite, and High School Musical choreographer Charles "Chucky" Klapow, the show is based on the popular US series Glee.