Golders Green

Three on hate crime charge

By Robyn Rosen, July 14, 2011

Three men have been charged with racially aggravated harassment against two Jews in Golders Green.
Krisztian Sandor Kovacs, 32, from Harrow, Gabor Nehez, 34, from Wembley and Mark Minoricz, 33, from Wembley, were arrested last month after an incident involving a 35-year-old and 14-year-old in Golders Green Road. They pleaded not guilty and will appear before Hendon magistrates next month.

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Joining the rabbi doctors

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

Rabbi Harvey Belovski of Golders Green Synagogue has joined the elite band of "Rabbi Drs" in Britain after being awarded a PhD by the University of London's Birkbeck College.

His thesis is on the thought of Rabbi Shemuel Bornstein, a Chasidic rebbe from Sochaczew in Poland, who died in 1926.

Rabbi Belovski began his doctoral research four years ago.

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Pack and Zinkin: let the battle commence

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

Why are you standing for the presidency?

Stephen Pack: To secure the future of the United Synagogue for the next generation. I have a deep passion for the US - it is a remarkable organisation, and has many excellent communities, but it now needs some new initiatives to ensure it continues to flourish.

Peter Zinkin: I believe in the power of the US to be a force for good in our community.

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Free school entry rules challenged

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

The Government has no plans to lift the quota which limits free schools to selecting only half their pupils according to religion.

New draft guidelines on admissions issued by the Department for Education state that when free schools have more applicants than places, "at least 50 per cent of places are to be allocated without reference to faith".

But Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, chair of the Na

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Computer venture has dual benefits

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

Mental health charity Jami has gone into the computer trade as a means of giving employment to its clients and helping the less fortunate.

Jami service users Harvey Miller and Robert Cohen are leading a project to refurbish run-down machines, destroying all personal data in the process. The computers will then be sold on cheaply to those in need.

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Reform readies chair in leadership reshuffle

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2011

The Reform movement has chosen a woman chair for the only the third time in its history.

Jenny Pizer, the current vice-chair, will take over from Stephen Moss at the end of the year.

Mrs Pizer holds the portfolios for Israel and for youth, students and young adults and was involved with the production of the new Reform siddur.

A direct marketing consultant, she is a former Maidenhead Syna

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Zinkin and Pack battling for US presidency

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2011

The two United Synagogue vice-presidents will go head to head in an election for the presidency of British Jewry's biggest religious organisation.

Peter Zinkin of Golders Green Synagogue and Stephen Pack of Cockfosters and North Southgate are battling to succeed Simon Hochhauser as president in the July 11 poll.

Whoever wins will be primarily responsible for the selection of the next Chief R

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Cullum sets tone for £3.7m dinner

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

Brit award winning pop and jazz singer Jamie Cullum sang the praises of Jewish Care at its campaign dinner on Monday, which raised a record £3.7 million.

Addressing almost 1,000 guests at Grosvenor House in central London, Cullum said he had been "absolutely blown away" by a visit to the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl campus in Golders Green, where he spoke to residents.

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Scroll of honour for Alyth

June 16, 2011

North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green has taken possession of the first newly written Sefer Torah in its 78-year history.

The scroll was written in London and funded by members' contributions ranging from £1 to £400.

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Bowled over by care site

June 16, 2011

The Chief Rabbi tried his hand at bowls and cookery during a tour of Jewish Care's £44 million Wohl campus in Golders Green.

He joined day centre members, staff and young volunteers in a game of bowls. At the Otto Schiff home, caring for dementia sufferers, he helped residents to bake cakes.

Lord Sacks said the campus was an example of "pride and joy in the heart of the community.

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