Safety first at Henlys

April 7, 2009

Finchley Synagogue has welcomed plans for a pedestrian crossing at Henlys Corner, having campaigned for safety improvements.

The crossing plan was announced by Barnet Council leader Mike Freer on Friday as part of an £8 million Transport for London scheme to improve safety and traffic flow.

“We’re delighted funding has been approved,” said a spokesperson for the shul, which is at the Regents Park Road end of Henlys Corner. Pedestrians currently have to cross at their own risk or take a 15-minute detour.


Family celebrates triple simchah

By James Martin, March 19, 2009

The Baker family from Elstree will have a triple celebration on Shabbat when their daughter and twin sons will be bat- and barmitzvah at the New North London Synagogue in Finchley.

Philip Baker said boys Alexander and Oliver had delayed their big day so as to share it with sister Yolande.

“We wanted them to mark the occasion together,” Mr Baker explained. “We’re part of the Hakol Olin service which is egalitarian and allows both men and women to read from the Torah. As such, all five members of our family will be sharing the reading.”


Finchley gets more spiritual

February 12, 2009

Finchley Reform Synagogue has appointed a director of spiritual development to find “alternative means for people to grapple with their spiritual journeys”.

In the new role, Rabbi Howard Cooper will conduct a Shabbat morning service once a month, play a part in festival services and contribute to the shul’s adult education activities.


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 7, 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 24, 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.”