Movement for Reform Judaism

Category: Jewish organisations
80 East End Road, Finchley, N3 2SY, 020 8349 5640

Jewish Aid Committee

Category: Jewish organisations
One to One Trek, Carradine House, 237 Regents Park Road, Finchley, N3 3LF, 020 8343 4234

Israel Experience

Category: Jewish organisations
Balfour House, 741 High Road, Finchley, N12 OBQ, 020 8369 5250

British Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Category: Charities
Supreme House, 300 Regents Park Road, Finchley, N3 2JX, 020 8349 5757

WJR collects supplies for Winter Survival

December 9, 2009

Over 4,000 bags of essential supplies for impoverished Jews in Eastern Europe have been collected through World Jewish Relief’s Operation Winter Survival campaign.

Donations of warm clothes, toiletries and nappies have come from families, shuls, schools and cheders.

Finchley Reform congregant Debra Brunner recently went to Belarus to help distribute WJR bags to clients such as Marina, a 43-year-old woman living with her husband and two children in a cramped two-bedroom flat.


Schools unite in interfaith celebration

December 9, 2009

Pupils at the Akiva Primary in Finchley were joined by their Catholic counterparts from the neighbouring St Theresa’s School to celebrate the presentation of an award to interfaith relations pioneer Sir Sigmund Sternberg by the former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

The pupils gave performances about Chanucah and Christmas before Sir Sigmund received a star to add to his papal knighthood, awarded in 1985 in recognition of efforts to promote relations between Jews and Catholics.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey also addressed the gathering.


Volunteer of the week: Beverley Taylor

December 3, 2009

Beverley Taylor
Leo Baeck College
The Sternberg centre, Finchley.

The south London-based 77-year-old volunteers at Leo Baeck’s department for Jewish education. The semi-retired secretary is chairman of the South London Liberal Synagogue’s education committee and teaches at the shul having taken an education foundation course at the Sternberg Centre. She is also a lay leader for the Kent Liberal Jewish Community

Why Leo Baeck?

I wanted to be involved and the college’s Jewish education department is where my interest lies.


Movers and shakers

December 3, 2009

Two teenagers have beaten a world record for the longest continuous handshake, raising almost £1,500 for charity.

UCS pupils Matthew Rosen, 16, and Joe Ackerman, 15, shook hands non-stop for 15 hours, 30 minutes and 45 seconds at the O2 Centre in Finchley Road, beating the previous record of 15 hours.

As part of their promotion of the event, the boys placed a spoof training video on YouTube and took an assembly at school. Proceeds will go to charities supported by the school, among them the Parkinson’s Disease Society.


Rubens House

Category: NHS run Care facilities
184 Ballards Lane, Finchley, N3 2NB, 020 8349 9879

Kay Court

Category: Independent Care facilities
368 Finchley Road, Finchley, NW3 7AJ, 020 7435 8214/5