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Mitzvah Day: London communities pitch in

By Robyn Rosen, November 19, 2009

To appreciate the breadth of Mitzvah Day activities, you need to experience some of its projects first hand. So with Mitzvah Day committee member Ruth Smilg as my chauffeur and guide, I embarked on a whistlestop tour of events in the capital.

First up was the “collectathon” at New North London Synagogue in Finchley, where at 10am, the hall was filled with an ever-growing pile of clothes, shoes, food, toiletries and stationery.

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Finchley man fined for filming up shopper's skirt

By Jessica Elgot, November 13, 2009

A Finchley man was fined £350 for filming up a woman’s skirt in Sainsbury’s.

Alan Howard Rose, 48, a legal executive from North Finchley admitted filming the woman with a camera hidden in his bag.

He was fined at City of London magistrates’ court for disorderly behaviour and has been forced to resign from his law firm, which has not been identified.

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Wingate progress in Ryman League Cup

By Danny Caro, November 12, 2009

Maccabiah star James Gershfield helped Wingate & Finchley surprise Premier Division Hendon in the Ryman League Cup.

Trailing 3-1 with the game in stoppage time, the Blues looked dead and buried. But Gershfield, a 60th minute substitute, hauled them to within a goal of the Greens after rounding the keeper and slotting home.

The tie was deadlocked after 90 minutes with the scoreline 1-1. Aron Freeman almost nicked it in normal time for Wingate but his shot was tipped wide by the Hendon keeper.

Wingate won the penalty shootout with Gershfield converting from the spot.

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Child Nazi refugees reunited with rescuers

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

A meeting at New North London Synagogue in Finchley brought together former child refugees from Nazism and those who rescued Jews during Hitler’s reign.

Marking the 71st anniversary of the Kindertransport to England, the Kindness of Strangers event attracted over 100 people. They included Elizabeth Rosenthal, 82, of Richmond, who was 11 when she arrived here on the Kindertransport.

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Finchley shuts cheder to boost learning

October 29, 2009

In an effort to buck the trend of falling cheder attendance, Finchley Reform Synagogue is replacing its religion school with a new learning programme, Kochavim.

Launched next week, the programme is intended to offer “a cutting edge experiential style of education”. Pupils will choose from a range of modules relating to Jewish life — and once a month will be joined by parents in their activities.

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Building starts on Masorti's £4m shul

By Jay Grenby, October 29, 2009

Work began this week on a £4 million building for the New North London Masorti Synagogue — almost a year after the ground-breaking ceremony at the community’s base at the Sternberg Centre site in Finchley.

Congregants will still be able to attend services and other activities in the shul’s existing premises during the works. However, they are being warned to watch out for extra-deep bore holes, drilled to accommodate a ground-source heat pump, which will help reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20 per cent.

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Sem graduate is first for cantor role at Reform

October 15, 2009

New Finchley Reform appointment Zöe Jacobs is the first graduate of a seminary programme to work as a cantor in a UK Reform congregation.

Cantor Jacobs graduated recently from Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, in New York. She led High Holy-Day services at Finchley and will also be co-ordinating Jewish music projects for the Reform movement.

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Finchley gains time

September 24, 2009

Finchley Synagogue dropped its usual Rosh Hashanah appeal in favour of a volunteering commitment.

At the urging of Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, congregants were invited to pledge to any one from 10 volunteering options. Rabbi Mirvis said. “There was an incredible sense of the community coming together to find time to help those who need it most.”

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Turn on and tune into a Yomtov service

By Robyn Rosen, September 24, 2009

Reform synagogues have reported an encouraging response to moves to put High Holy-Day services online.

The web initiative was meant to be in preparation for a swine flu epidemic.

However, Finchley Reform Synagogue and Glasgow New Synagogue were among shuls that went ahead and streamed their Rosh Hashanah services over the web, linking to viewers across the world, including patients at the Alyn Hospital in Jerusalem.

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Charity shops are feeling the pinch

By Robyn Rosen, September 17, 2009

Educational charity Ort has closed its only fundraising store as reduced donations, high rents and cash-strapped customers have taken their toll on Jewish charity shops.

Ort’s Finchley shop was shut down because of rising rent. “It was never really making that much money,” explained British Ort chairman Simon Alberga.

“We had a disagreement with the landlord over what the rent should be and have been planning the closure since then. In the current environment, it’s not the best time to relocate.”

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