Golders Green

Bus stop dismays Charedim

By James Martin, June 4, 2009

A move to establish a direct bus link between Golders Green and Stamford Hill has stalled on cost grounds, to the disappointment of the Charedi community.

Response to a four-month study conducted by Transport for London watchdog London TravelWatch demonstrated “a very clear requirement for a bus service between the two places”.

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Security force launches patrols of Charedi areas

By Leon Symons, June 4, 2009

A controversial American-style security organisation has begun regular patrols in London’s biggest strictly Orthodox communities.

Based on the Shomrim (guards) of New York, the privately funded service covers the Hendon/Golders Green and Stamford Hill areas through two independent arms — North-West London Community Patrol and Stamford Hill Safety Rescue and Patrol. Shomrim claims it has been set up “because the community feels unsafe due to a spike in street attacks and robberies over the last couple of years”.

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Blunkett’s musical favourites play well with cultural centre

By Isabel Janner, May 7, 2009

David Blunkett has told a London Jewish Cultural Centre audience that community and charity work is a positive by-product of the recession.

In a Desert Island Discs-type evening at the Golders Green venue, the former Home Secretary chose songs and a poem of personal relevance.

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JCoSS headteacher makes an early start

April 30, 2009

Sixty people were at North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green on Sunday to hear Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, head of cross-communal Jewish secondary school JCoSS, address his first meeting for parents of potential pupils.

Outlining his vision for the Barnet school, which opens in September 2010, Mr Stowe-Lindner said it would be “proudly academic” and open to all Jews, however they practised their Judaism. “JCoSS is the future of our community,” he declared, “focused on delivering excellent results and inclusive of all”.

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Israeli in police death crash case

By Leon Symons, April 27, 2009

An Israeli man living in Golders Green has been charged with death by dangerous driving after being involved in an accident with an off-duty motor-cycle policeman.

Liron Shnaider, 26, of Stanley House, Finchley Road, appeared at Brent Magistrates’ Court at the week-end. He has also been charged with failing to stop at the scene of a personal injury. He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Wood Green Crown Court today (Friday May 1).

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Golders Green school faces closure threat

By James Martin, March 12, 2009

A strictly Orthodox school which has operated from a house in Golders Green Road for five years without planning permission is under threat of closure.

Beis Medrash Elyon has had a retrospective planning application deferred until April by Barnet Council to allow more time for consideration of its claim of special grounds for being granted school status.

Speaking after last week’s planning sub-committee meeting, a council spokesman explained that should consent be refused, the school could appeal to the government’s Planning Inspectorate.

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Kingdom to remain shut at Passover

By James Martin, February 18, 2009

Golders Green supermarket Kosher Kingdom has advised customers that it will not reopen in time for Passover.

The store has been closed since a fire last summer and bosses tried unavailingly to find temporary premises for the lucrative Pesach market.

“Despite our best attempts, we have had to face the inevitable,” Kosher Kingdom’s David Rokach said. “It’s obviously a missed commercial opportunity but it actually hurts us that we can’t service our customers this year as they’ve become so reliant on us.”

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LJCC planning £750,000 youth centre

By Ben Jaglom, February 5, 2009

The London Jewish Cultural Centre has unveiled detailed plans for a £750,000 youth centre on its Ivy House, Golders Green, site which the LJCC believes will attract teenagers from across the capital.

LJCC general manager Alan Fell said this week: “We are suffering from a shortage of facilities for young Jewish people and there has been no new Jewish youth facility in the borough for a very long time.”

Following a successful planning appeal, building work will start in the autumn and should be completed early in 2010.

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Masked thugs stamp on man in 'revenge'

By Leon Symons, January 22, 2009

Two masked thugs beat up a Jewish man in north-west London on Saturday night in what they said was revenge for Israel’s actions in Gaza.

Michael Bookatz was going home after eating with a friend in Golders Green when he was attacked as he walked along Sinclair Avenue.

Mr Bookatz, a 31-year-old computer software developer, said: “I saw a man walking towards me. Suddenly he broke into a run and punched me in the face.

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Golders Green gets Israeli market

December 16, 2008

North-West London shoppers have been flocking to an Israeli street market in Golders Green which opened on Sunday.

Organised by the Zionist Federation, A Taste of Israel in Finchley Road, Temple Fortune, has offered a variety of Israeli food, arts and crafts and jewellery. Among the 34 stalls is one from the JC.

The aim has been partly to promote Israel among the wider community and as well as those browsing for Chanucah presents, the market has attracted many Christmas gift-buyers.

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