Golders Green

Alyth's Friday Night fever is a crowd-puller

By Simon Rocker, April 8, 2015

Some synagogues struggle to muster a Friday night minyan. But not Alyth - the North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green - which has doubled attendances over the past year or so.

"We've always had a big Friday night service with 100 to 150 people," said Rabbi Mark Goldsmith.


Let's drink to better disabled access

March 12, 2015

A campaign by a Jewish Care resident to make Golders Green shops more accessible for wheelchair users has led to the local Starbucks providing full disabled access after a renovation.

Matthew Kayne, 31, who lives at the charity's Rela Goldhill Lodge, said disabled customers had difficulty accessing stores in Golders Green Road.


Purim arrest and gripes

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2015

A man has been arrested on suspicion of racial harassment after allegedly verbally abusing a boy celebrating Purim in Golders Green Road.

The 27-year-old was bailed to a date later this month pending further inquiries, police said.

Barnet police have also received complaints about over-zealous Purim fundraisers.


Is it the end of Golders Green Charedi giants?

By Simon Rocker, February 26, 2015

The death last week of the nonagenarian president of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, Rabbi Elchonon Halpern, not only deprived Golders Green of one of its most influential post-war Jewish figures, it marked the passing of the area's Charedi old guard.


Deli worker dies in motorway crash

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

Kosher Deli manager Naftali Rebibo died following a crash on the M1 on Sunday as he returned from dropping off his step-daughter for a flight at Luton airport.


Leading rabbi mourned

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

Rabbi Elchonon Halpern, one of Britain's leading strictly Orthodox rabbis, has died aged 92.

An estimated 5,000 people attended his funeral in Golders Green, north-west London, on Wednesday, bringing the area to a standstill. A Metropolitan Police helicopter was used to watch over the mourners.


'B' prepared

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2015

B Kosher has announced the opening of a new branch in Golders Green Road, taking over premises currently occupied by Yarden.

A spokeswoman said the intention was to "add a wide range of food, wine and chocolates for new and existing customers. It is a great place on the high street and has a good passing trade.


Tea parties stir lonely back into the social whirl

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

Madelaine Baker's husband Joe died in September. Making the adjustment to life on her own has been difficult and she needs "something to look forward to, outside of your regular schedule".


Reassurance over anti-Charedi protest

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2015

Fears of a far-right nationalist rally against the Charedi community have been dampened by police and Jewish security groups.

White supremacist Joshua Bonehill-Paine announced his intention to "Liberate Stamford Hill" with a demonstration in Hackney, north London.

In a supposed "appeal against the Jewification of Britain", he claimed there was an "on-going foreign occupation" of the area, wi


Police move to calm fears after false alarm over Golders Green car

By Sandy Rashty, January 21, 2015

Security groups have called on the London Jewish community to remain calm after a false alarm was raised on social media and neighbourhood forums over “men” behaving suspiciously.

Yesterday afternoon, messages were circulated calling on the community to report a car seen in a Jewish area of north-west London to police, including anti-terrorism officers.