Jewish Deaf Association host party

September 12, 2008
A party was held at the Jewish Deaf Association's North Finchley community centre to mark the retirement of Irene Spielsinger after 16 years as a sign language tutor. Although deaf herself, she has taught hundreds of people of all ages, including JDA staff and volunteers, police officers and teachers. She has also helped "hearing families" with deaf children to sign together.


Sacks opens Finchley Primary

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2008

The Orthodox community's newest school opened its doors to pupils in Finchley this week.

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks joined the Morasha Jewish Primary's first eight reception-class pupils in a singalong before performing the official opening.

The fee-paying school - set up by Finchley Synagogue members - will accept a further seven pupils during its first year. Up to 25 additional pupils will enrol for the 2009/10 acdemic year.


American cantor Jeff Klepper performs concert for Finchley Progressive Synagogue

August 8, 2008
In aid of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, Finchley Progressive Synagogue staged a concert with top American cantor Jeff Klepper. More than 100 people attended, including Liberal and Reform rabbis.


Berger relishes role in Finchley

July 25, 2008
Miriam Berger (née Bayfield) has been appointed principal rabbi of Finchley Reform Synagogue. This follows the departure of Rabbi Roderick Young, with whom she had been sharing ministerial duties. Rabbi Berger will be working with the synagogue council on long-term planning. She is thrilled to lead a "warm, inclusive and dynamic community. This is a critical time for FRS, with many new families joining and taking on active roles."


Jewish Deaf Association celebrates centre's anniversary

June 20, 2008
Around 55 members of the Jewish Deaf Association joined 20 staff and VIP visitors for a day of celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the organisation’s move to its present, purpose-built community centre in North Finchley. Established over 55 years ago, the charity was originally based in Stamford Hill but outgrew its site and in 1998 moved to North London.


£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.


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.”


Fire leaves Sainsbury’s without kosher bread

By Dana Gloger, June 20, 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.


Hikers boost Camp Simcha

By Craig Silver, June 13, 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.


Finchley rabbi quits to start new chapters

May 23, 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.