The road to ruin? JW3 attacks plans to cut bus route from Golders Green

By Josh Jackman, April 8, 2015

A proposal to scrap a bus route which links Golders Green to the JW3 centre in Finchley Road has been criticised by communal chiefs.

Transport for London has run a public consultation, closing this Friday, over dropping the number 13 bus, along with its nocturnal equivalent, the N13. To soften the blow, TfL has suggested making the 82, which covers the same route, a 24-hour service.


Merged JW3/LJCC reveals its opening programme

By Simon Rocker, April 2, 2015

The London Jewish Cultural Centre and JW3 have published their first joint programme since formally merging last month.

Most of the spring events will now take place at JW3's Finchley Road site, although LJCC's premises will remain open until the end of July for a couple of exhibitions and its language courses.

"Everyone is excited about it," said JW3 chairman Michael Goldstein.


Tea parties stir lonely back into the social whirl

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

Madelaine Baker's husband Joe died in September. Making the adjustment to life on her own has been difficult and she needs "something to look forward to, outside of your regular schedule".


Masorti panel is split on UK Jewish future

By Rosa Doherty, February 16, 2015

A heated debate on the future of British Jewry in the light of rising antisemitism was a highlight of a Masorti educational and cultural day at the New North London Synagogue in Finchley.

At a “Question Time” session during the annual Yom Masorti programme, panellists were asked if they agreed with Maureen Lipman’s comment that Jews were no longer safe in Britain.


Pardes House scores well with inspectors

By Simon Rocker, January 22, 2015

Finchley strictly Orthodox school Pardes House Grammar has been ranked as good by inspectors.

Pupils "often reach standards that are at least one or two years ahead of their contemporaries," Ofsted reported.

Pardes House has 153 boys aged up to 16 on its roll.


Moving tale of bakery

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2015

A kosher bakery has shut up shop at the north London premises it occupied for close on 50 years.

But Parkway Patisserie - which closed its main Finchley branch last Friday - hopes to be back in business at a nearby site by the end of the week.

Parkway served its first customer the day after Pesach in 1967.


Reform shuls join forces on day care nursery

By Simon Rocker, January 15, 2015

Two of the biggest Reform communities are co-operating on the launch of a year-round day care centre for babies and young children.

Finchley and North Western Reform (Alyth) Synagogues are due to open the Shofar nursery at Finchley's Sternberg Centre in September.

While both synagogues already have morning kindergartens which run during school term times, Shofar - the first of its type in th


Bienvenue à Finchley!

December 11, 2014

Finchley Progressive Synagogue has appointed its first assistant rabbi.

Rene Pfertzel joins Rabbi Rebecca Birk in a job share at the growing shul which now counts 330 households as members.


Finchley shul hosts Eid Somalis

July 31, 2014

Members of the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association, whose centre was burnt down in an arson attack last year, enjoyed a kosher-catered Eid celebration at Finchley Synagogue.


Ofsted rating pleases Sacks Morasha chiefs

July 17, 2014

Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary in Finchley has been rated "good with outstanding features" in its first Ofsted inspection since becoming voluntary-aided in April 2013.