Finchley

Free school gets name

By Simon Rocker, February 18, 2013

The cross-communal Jewish free school due to open in Finchley in September has chosen its name as well as its site for the first two years.

Alma Primary School will take over the premises of the existing Orthodox Morasha Primary in West Finchley, which is moving to a new home.

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Akiva admissions change 'will not alter Progressive ethos'

By Simon Rocker, February 7, 2013

Governors of Akiva School in Finchley insist that proposed changes to its admissions policy next year will not affect its Progressive ethos.

The oversubscribed Reform day school, which takes in 60 children a year, is also popular with families from the New North London (Masorti) Synagogue, which is based on the same site at the Sternberg Centre for Judaism.

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Objectors force withdrawal of Finchley Reform's £2m plan

By Cathy Forman, January 28, 2013

Finchley Reform Synagogue has withdrawn its planning application to Barnet Council for a £2 million expansion to its Fallow Court Avenue site following objections from neighbours.

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Leo Baeck cuts back on services

By Simon Rocker, January 21, 2013

Leo Baeck College is looking to streamline services and focus on its core work of training of rabbis and educators.

The streamlining follows a review by the Progressive rabbinic academy, which has resulted in the closure of some of its educational consultancy services.

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Double vision delights Masorti dinner crowd

December 10, 2012

Masorti’s vision for the next 10 years was outlined to a record 200 guests at the movement’s annual dinner at the New North London Synagogue, Finchley, on Sunday.

“We aim to double our membership, bringing the amount of individuals in the Masorti family to 15,000,” chief executive Matt Plen told them. “We also hope to establish new synagogues in key demographic areas.”

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Finchley primary school recruits head

By Simon Rocker, November 26, 2012

The cross-communal Jewish primary school due to open in Finchley next September has appointed its head.

Marc Shoffren, director of studies of North London Collegiate’s junior school and a former deputy head of Clore Shalom, will join the project full-time in April.

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Innate Health Conference: The Missing Link - Unlocking the Simplicity of Life

By Tikun, October 10, 2012
Time:
Sunday 11 November
9:00am - 13 November 2012, 5:00pm

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Ross helps to raise £70,000 for Jewish Blind and Disabled

By Sandy Rashty, September 6, 2012

TV presenter Jonathan Ross joked that he felt awkward receiving a goodie bag from fundraisers at a lunch for Jewish Blind and Disabled on Wednesday: “I feel weird accepting gifts from charities.”

He told the 200-strong gathering at the Avenue Holiday Inn in Finchley that he “liked Jewish culture and I’m married to a Jewish women.

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Finchley school gets the go-ahead

By Simon Rocker, July 19, 2012

Probably no Jewish school has ever moved so quickly from drawing board to state approval as the cross-communal primary for Finchley.

Martin Blain, interim chairman of governors for the school, which plans to open in 2013, recalled a meeting of interested parents last December to consider the results of an initial survey into local demand.

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New Seinfeld episode is all about pupils and Fairtrade

June 21, 2012

Jerry Seinfeld has rewarded children from Finchley’s Akiva Primary for their supporting role for Fairtrade.

The pupil council ran a contest promoting the purchase of Fairtrade items.

A parent who met the comedian told him about the initiative and Mr Seinfeld was so impressed that he arranged for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be delivered to the school when the winning class was announced.

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