Golders Green

Rape charges denied

By Leon Symons, May 30, 2008

An Israeli living in Golders Green appeared at Harrow Crown Court on Wednesday facing two counts of attempted rape and one of sexual assault.

Shay Kaldron, 32, pleaded not guilty to the charge of sexual assault. He did not enter a plea for the two counts of attempted rape as an application to have them dismissed will be heard next month.


Douglas Murray addresses Israel at 60 lunch

May 30, 2008

Author, political commentator and director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, Douglas Murray, addressed an Israel at 60 lunch at Golders Green Synagogue on how the nation is portrayed in the political world. Young community members gave readings about Israel’s creation and  Zionist Federation chairman and Golders Green congregant Andrew Balcombe presided.


Charity moving

April 25, 2008

Staff and volunteers from Jewish Care’s Golders Green head office, Stuart Young House, will decamp temporarily to Colindale early next month to enable work to start on a £40 million multi-purpose care campus.

This incorporates a 54-bed care home, 45 “extra care” supported living apartments, a day centre and the charity’s offices. Building work is expected to take two-and-a-half years.


Knives out over meat payment

By Leon Symons, April 18, 2008

A dispute between Bloom’s restaurant and North London kosher butcher Kelman’s took a new turn this week with each saying they were taking the other to the London Beth Din.

Bloom’s declared that it was taking the butcher to the Beth Din and that it had lodged papers last Friday — exactly what Kelman’s had claimed to the JC that it was doing two weeks ago.

At that time, Bloom’s did not wish to comment. But this week, the owner of the restaurant revealed some of the background to the events of the last two weeks.


Top marks for Torah Vodaas Primary School

April 18, 2008

The strictly Orthodox Torah Vodaas Primary School has received a glowing report from Ofsted inspectors, who rated it “outstanding”. In Jewish studies and the National Curriculum, the inspectors went further, reporting that “at all stages, many pupils far exceed the levels expected for their ages”. Headteacher Steven Isaacs viewed the commendation as acknowledgement of a “broad and balanced curriculum”, albeit one weighted towards Jewish studies.


Fit for chametz

By Jodie Mablin, April 11, 2008

Golders Green gym-goers are being encouraged to leave their chametz at the local LA Fitness centre.

The gym’s Jewish manager, John Blasebalk, is offering members and non-members guest vouchers in return for their unwanted foodstuffs. Unopened products will be donated to a homeless charity.

Mr Blasebalk reported “a positive response from the community and vouchers have already been handed out to several synagogues. We have a great many Jewish members and this is our chance to give something back.”