Long distance walker boosts Belarus 'twin'

September 22, 2011

Finchley Reform member Debra Brunner power-walked four marathons in London and Belarus to raise more than £3,000 for its twin Belarus community, Polotsk Etrog.

Ms Brunner began the challenge by completing three marathons in three days in the capital, joined on the final walk by fellow FRS congregants Julius Judah, Jake Brunner, Charlie Sassienie, Bett Demby and Holly Weiss.

A week later, Mr


'Dinner' date at Finchley

September 15, 2011

A star of Channel 4's Jewish sitcom Friday Night Dinner enjoyed a Sunday evening feature role at Finchley Progressive Synagogue.

In conversation with radio presenter Russ Kane, Tamsin Greig gave the Rose Segal memorial lecture to a packed house of more than 100.

Describing herself as "the only non-Jewish Jewish mother", the devout Christian spoke about her strong bonds with the Jewish commun


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Viewer impressed by Alyth's online programming

August 18, 2011

Finchley resident Philip Rosen, 85, first viewed Alyth's streaming service last Yom Kippur.

"The idea is terrific," he said, "although it's always the way with technology that sometimes you have a few problems. The synagogue is on a tight budget.


How Jewish community can help with riot clean up

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

The British Jewish community is being urged to donate clothing and bedding to people made homeless in the riots.

Tikun, an Orthodox Jewish social action organisation, are collecting donations at their centre in Finchley. The centre will be open until 5pm today and between 8pm and 9.30pm tonight.

"Many people have lost their homes due to the riots and arson attacks," said a spokesman.


I can go all the way, says Paris

By Danny Caro, July 28, 2011

Josh Paris enjoyed his first taste of Olympic competition where he rubbed shoulders with 3,000 elite teenagers from 48 European countries in Turkey this week.

A member of Team GB's 64-man squad, Paris, 15, was selected as one of only two boys in the GB's four-man tennis team at the 11th European Youth Olympics in Trazbon.

Having breezed through the first round of the Boys singles, Paris, car


Going for a song at Reform

July 21, 2011

Reform Judaism's Anglo-Jewish Music and Song-leading Conference attracted members from more 30 communities eager to enrich their congregations' musical experiences.

Studying with leading British and American Jewish musicians at the Sternberg Centre and Finchley Reform Synagogue, they had the opportunity to learn new melodies and choral harmonies for traditional prayers.


Father is furious over state of Norwood flat

By Jessica Elgot, July 21, 2011

The father of an autistic Norwood tenant living in "disgusting" accommodation has criticised the charity over the delay in arranging repairs.


Coasting through Norwood's challenge

July 14, 2011

A pedal powered £250,000 was generated for Norwood, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Down's Syndrome Association on Sunday as more than 1,300 cyclists joined the annual Capital to Coast challenge.

Cyclists aged from eight to 76 had the choice of a 60-mile ride from Thames Ditton to the Hove seafront, a circular 60-mile Hove to Hove route, or a half-distance option taking them from Haywards He


Songbook is music to the ears of Reform

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

The Reform movement has launched what is thought to be the first major new collection of synagogue music published in the UK for nearly a century.
Shirei Ha-t'fillah ("Songs of Prayer"), a compilation of sheet music and explanatory articles, was produced by Cantor Zoe Jacobs of Finchley Reform Synagogue and Rabbi Sybil Sheridan of Wimbledon Synagogue.

According to Cantor Jacobs, the last major