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.


Cross Keys (4-13)

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Finchley school's £6m plan

By Jessica Elgot, March 10, 2011

Morasha Jewish Primary School has won planning permission for a £6 million new home in Finchley.

The independent school hopes the project will be a springboard towards voluntary-aided status, enabling its expansion from 56 pupils to 210 from reception to year six.


The Zemel Choir

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British Reform leader Mike Grabiner picked for international role

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2011

British Jew has been named as the new chairman of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

Mike Grabiner, the former chair of the Movement for Reform Judaism will replace current chairman, Californian Steven Bauman, at the umbrella organisation. The WUPJ serves communities in more than 45 countries around the world.

Mr Grabiner, a member of Finchley Reform Synagogue, is the chair of governors for the recently opened cross-communal secondary school JcoSS.

A Cambridge University graduate, he grew up in an Orthodox household but moved to Reform Judaism as an adult.