Happy days for soldiers

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

A former Hasmonean pupil now serving as an officer in the Israeli army is seeking British support for a scheme she has launched to boost the morale of fellow soldiers.

Lieutenant Keren Hajioff wants community members to "make a soldier smile" by sending letters of motivation and gratitude to young Israelis training to be officers.


Sacks gets another title

May 19, 2011

Lord Sacks is "thrilled and deeply touched" by the renaming of the Morasha school in Finchley as the Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary on its proposed move to Regents Park Road premises in 2012.


Sarah Brown's Kinloss confessions

By Robyn Rosen, May 19, 2011

Sarah Brown has spoken of her pride in supporting Jewish charities and her desire to take her family on holiday to Israel.

The wife of the former prime minister addressed a full house of 350 people at Finchley Synagogue on Tuesday in the launch event of the five-week Kinloss Learning Centre programme.


A family affair for Bnei Akiva

May 12, 2011

Bnei Akiva ran a Yom Hazikaron/Yom Ha'atzmaut event for the whole community on Monday at Finchley Synagogue where the 1,300 guests included Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Israeli envoy Ron Prosor.


Desecration at synagogue leads to fast

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2011

Members of a London synagogue observed a special fast on Monday after a burglary in which its Torah scrolls were dumped on the floor.

Thousands of pounds' worth of silver artefacts and scroll cases were stolen from Magen Avraham, a congregation of Aden Jews in Finchley, late last Thursday night or in the early hours of Friday.


£7m home opens

April 28, 2011

The New North London Synagogue in Finchley has celebrated the first Shabbat in its new £7 million home.

Based within the grounds of the Sternberg Centre in East End Road in Finchley, the Masorti community centre incorporates prayer spaces, a youth room and a kindergarten for its 2,700-plus members.


Acting head gets the job for keeps

April 14, 2011

Morasha Jewish Primary acting head Hayley Gross has been given the job on a permanent basis.

Mrs Gross, 40, has taught at the school since its opening in 2008, having given up a legal career to enter the teaching profession in the late 1990s. She has previously worked in Hong Kong and at Rosh Pinah Primary.


Teen dies in Finchley road tragedy

By Jessica Elgot, April 7, 2011

The teenage son of a Hatton Garden businessman has died after being hit by a car.

Would-be boxer Jourdan Deal, 19, was hit by a Renault Clio as he crossed Regent's Park Road, Finchley, on Friday.

He was a student at Regent's Park Business College and the son of Jonathan Deal, owner of the Heart of Hatton Garden jewellery store, who lives in Finchley with his wife Susan.


'Kind and generous' road crash teenager mourned

By Jessica Elgot, April 6, 2011

The "friendly, kind and generous" teenage son of a Hatton Garden businessman has been killed after being hit by a car.

Jourdan Deal, 19, who had ambitions to take up boxing, died of severe head injuries when he was hit by a black Renault Clio as he was crossing Regent's Park Road, Finchley last Friday evening.


Finchley shul: 'It's ours'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 31, 2011

Three months into the role as Finchley Progressive Synagogue minister, Rabbi Rebecca Qassim Birk feels "blessed to be working with a wonderful community".

Since joining FPS – after working part-time at Westminster Synagogue and a stint at Woodford Progressive – Rabbi Birk has introduced a regular lunch and learn and plans to launch "Shabbatots", a service for children.