Finchley

£100k raised for Leo Baeck College

June 20, 2008
The Kaufmann memorial lecture and dinner — hosted by Leo Baeck College — raised more than £100,000 for the college. Some 120 guests heard Martin Goodman, professor of Jewish studies at Oxford University, speak on “Fanaticism, Disaster and Accommodation: Religion and the Revolts against Rome”. LBC principal Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein said the event demonstrated a commitment both to serious inquiry, and to LBC’s training of rabbis.

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Vohs swims for Israeli terror victim

June 20, 2008

Matthew Vohs of Finchley completed a 10km swim under the auspices of JNF partner organisation One Family at the RAC Club to raise £7,000 for Israeli terror victim Miri Ben Naim. The swim took five hours, and Mr Voh said: “I feel exhausted and my body is hurting. But this is nothing to what Miri has suffered. I am pleased to have raised money for such a deserving cause.”

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Fire leaves Sainsbury’s without kosher bread

By Dana Gloger, June 19, 2008

A major fire has left a kosher bakery unable to maintain supplies to supermarkets.

Less than an hour before the start of Shavuot last weekend, fire tore through the Sharon’s Bakery warehouse in Tottenham, North London, gutting the entire building.

Although the bakery’s individual stores, based in Edgware, Hendon, Stamford Hill and Barkingside, were unaffected, its wholesale operation, which was run from the warehouse, had to be halted.

This has left Sainsbury’s in Finchley Road, London, without supplies of kosher bread.

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Hikers boost Camp Simcha

By Craig Silver, June 12, 2008

Twelve friends from Stanmore and Finchley have hit the heights for Camp Simcha — which helps Jewish children with life-threatening illnesses and their families — by scaling Ben Nevis to raise £14,000.

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Finchley rabbi quits to start new chapters

May 22, 2008

Rabbi Roderick Young is quitting Finchley Reform Synagogue to focus on his writing. He is finishing a children’s book and is about to embark on the story of his family and how he discovered Judaism at the age of 23.

Rabbi Young became the congregation’s principal minister in November 2006. Since January, he has shared rabbinical duties with Rabbi Miriam Bayfield, an arrangement designed to give him more writing time.

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Quiz raises vital funds for Employment Resource Centre

May 1, 2008

More than £3,000 was raised for the Employment Resource Centre from its annual fundraising quiz at Finchley Reform Synagogue. ERC executive member Alan Sanders told the 200 participants that support was vital given that “the number of clients accessing the ERC’s services is 40 per cent higher than last year”.

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Sacks gives Pesach address to Woodside

May 1, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks gave a Pesach-related address to over 100 members of Woodside Park Synagogue adult education committee. Sir Jonathan’s talk was the final in a season which also featured Lady Jakobovits, Lord Trimble and Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor.

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Rabbi and dog scent success

March 28, 2008

After walking more than 100 miles over six days through some of the stormiest weather London has seen for a while, Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and his trusty dog Mitzpah arrived home in Finchley last week, having raised nearly £60,000.

In the course of the walk, Rabbi Wittenberg, minister of New North London Synagogue, met people from 28 organisations, including the House of Commons, the Neasden Temple and the North London Hospice. He also he spent time with residents at Fairacres, the sheltered-housing complex with which the NNLS community has had strong links for many years.

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