London synagogue initiatives attract the votes of politicians

November 24, 2011

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone joined Muswell Hill teenagers clearing litter from Cherry Tree Wood as part of a Mitzvah Day venture. The Hornsey and Wood Green MP said she "really enjoyed the good clear up, with some spring bulb planting to top it off. I am always excited to join the local synagogue for this wonderful day of community action.


New York education in Finchley synagogue

October 27, 2011

Four students from New York’s Yeshiva University presented 10 learning events for women at Finchley Synagogue over the Simchat Torah weekend.

Chavi Becker, Kira Joel, Shlomit Cohen and Derora Tropp also led the women’s dancing in synagogue during the festival.

The well-attended activities ranged from interactive Torah study to learning-based afternoon teas in members’ homes.


Woodside Park eruv application

By Jay Grenby, October 27, 2011

A planning application for a north London eruv has been submitted to Barnet Council by Woodside Park Synagogue trustees.

If approved, the eruv will cover four square miles, taking in Whetstone, Oakleigh Park, Totteridge and parts of Finchley. It will abut the existing north-west London eruv, as well as the eruvim planned by the Barnet and Mill Hill communities.


More Jewish schools — ‘a dangerous strategy’

By Simon Rocker, October 27, 2011

A senior Jewish educator has questioned the wisdom of opening more Jewish primary schools in north London, warning that it could store up problems for the future.


L'Chaim: Kosher pub set to open in north London

By Jennifer Lipman, October 19, 2011

The closure of the Fernandez kosher pub left many Jewish north Londoners without a watering hole where they could socialise.

But, one year on, another kosher pub is set to open under Federation supervision.

Owners of The Castle, on the junction between Cricklewood Lane and Finchley Road, want to turn it into a Jewish venue to attract more young people from the area.

The kitchen was made "


Paraglider dies in accident

By Jennifer Lipman, October 19, 2011

The mother of a 25-year-old East Finchley man who was killed in a paragliding accident in the Spanish Pyrenees last week has described him as an inspiration.

Guy Joseph was a keen adventurer who fell in love with diving as a teenager while on holiday in San Diego.

He chose to study marine biology, gaining a first from Newcastle University, because he wanted to find a way to earn a living thr


Teen fined for shul break-in

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

A teenager has admitted smashing a synagogue window after "going off the rails" and running away from home.

The 16-year-old, from an Orthodox Jewish family, was arrested in May after police were called to the Magen Avraham congregation in Finchley, north London, when a member of the public heard a window smash and saw someone in the grounds.

When officers arrived at the synagogue following


Solictor takes on challenging brief

October 6, 2011

A Finchley solicitor with an incurable degenerative disorder of the nervous system is gearing up for a 380-kilometre Norwood cycling challenge in Israel.

Douglas Silas, 44, was diagnosed with the rare cerebellar ataxia in 2004.


Bnei Akiva in training

October 6, 2011

Israeli expert Ilan Frydman was flown over by Bnei Akiva for a training day for more than 150 madrichim from Finchley, Edgware, Borehamwood, Southgate and Birmingham.

BA's Deborah Blank said: "It's really incredible the significant improvements we have already noticed from this investment in the future leaders of Anglo-Jewry." A Shabbaton in Bushey was organised to train local leaders.


'Open-minded' school planners test demand

By Simon Rocker, October 6, 2011

A group of parents is exploring the possibility of setting up an "open-minded traditional" Jewish free school in north London.

They have launched a survey to gauge interest in the idea of opening the school somewhere in Finchley, Whetstone or Woodside Park.

Matt Plen, director of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues, is one of the parents.