Golders Green

Golders Green service raises the stakes

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

An Orthodox partnership minyan - where women can read from the Torah and lead certain parts of the service - has begun in a third location in London.

Around 100 men, women and children attended the Golders Green partnership minyan, which took place at the Jewish Vegetarian Society last Shabbat morning.

It follows the establishment of similar ventures in Elstree a year ago and in Hampstead.


Warning over child abduction

By Charlotte Oliver, July 24, 2014

Families in Golders Green have been told to take precautions after a stranger attempted to abduct a child on Tuesday - the second incident of its kind in the past week.

According to the community volunteer security patrol, Shomrim, a man tried to persuade an eight-year-old boy into his car by offering to drive him home. The boy ran away.


Golders Green growing once again

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

After years of declining membership, Golders Green Synagogue is on the up again thanks in large part to a £4 million redevelopment project. The redevelopment has seen the opening of the Rimon Primary School on the synagogue site, as well as a major repair and refurbishment programme.

Shul chairman Prof Benny Chain reported a membership increase of 70, taking them up to almost 600.


Gefiltefest once again cooks up an appetising foodies' menu

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2014

Israeli food writer Gil Hovav was on hot form. His first session at Sunday's Gefiltefest, the foodie equivalent of Limmud, was on how to make zchug, the fiery Yemeni salsa.

Generous bunches of coriander lay on the table along with heads of garlic, bags of green chilli and assorted spices, alongside hand-held blenders.


A day in the life of the Wohl Campus

By Charlotte Oliver, February 6, 2014

It is a quiet morning in Golders Green. But things are bustling at Jewish Care’s Michael Sobell community centre, part of the £44 million Maurice and Vivienne Wohl campus which has become an indispensable hub for both the charity’s clients and the wider


Diplomats recall life-saving efforts of countrymen

By Daniel Easterman, February 3, 2014

Envoys from Portugal, Japan and Poland relayed stories of their diplomats’ Holocaust heroism to the London Jewish Cultural Centre’s HMD ceremony at its Golders Green premises.


Milkman who showed a lot of bottle

By Marcus Dysch, December 9, 2013

A milkman who helped to save the life of a Jewish pensioner who collapsed in a hedge has received an award.
George Debesay was on his delivery round in north-west London last winter when he spotted an object in the darkness. Stopping his float to investigate, he found an unconscious elderly man.


Burnham hails care provision

By Sandy Rashty, December 2, 2013

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham praised Jewish Care as a “beacon of good practice” during a tour of its Golders Green campus last Thursday.

The MP — who is proposing a model for “integrated” health care — said the charity’s inclusive social, medical and religious concept was “an aspiration for the future of health and social care across the country.


Designer fashions Kisharon activity

November 25, 2013

As a fashionable contribution, Israeli designer Avshalom Gur ran an arts and crafts workshop for those with learning difficulties at Kisharon’s Hanna Schwalbe home in Golders Green on Sunday afternoon. Using sewing materials including buttons, beads and badges, he showed adult residents how to decorate the cushion covers he donated.


Police drop investigation into Shomrim man

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2013

Police have dropped their investigation into an Orthodox man arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Gary Ost, 26, was one of four men questioned by police earlier this year as part of an investigation into Rabbi Chaim Halpern.

Mr Ost temporarily stood down from his role as chief executive of community security group Shomrim during the investigation.