Rabbi is not a unanimous choice

By Simon Rocker, December 10, 2015

Hendon Adath's newly chosen rabbi is expected to take up his post at the strictly Orthodox community before next Rosh Hashanah.

But in a vote of members, there were 54 against the appointment of Rabbi Shloime Yitzchok Bixenspanner from Canada - with 101 in favour.


Girls' school puts brake on student drivers

By Simon Rocker, December 10, 2015

A strictly Orthodox girls' school in Hendon has told pupils that they should not drive in.

The independent Beth Jacob Grammar has issued a reminder of an existing rule, which applies only to "a few girls" as the school has only one sixth-form year.

A number of reasons, including safety, were behind the policy, a spokesperson explained.


Adath auditions Canadian candidate

By Simon Rocker, November 5, 2015

Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue's long search for a new rabbi could be nearing completion after members were told that a Canadian candidate would be coming to "audition" for the post later this month.

Montreal-born Rabbi Shloime Yitzchok Bixenspanner, the founder of central Toronto congregation Kahal Yereim, will meet Hendon Adath members and give classes during his visit.

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Hasmonean school to change admission rules

By Charlotte Oliver, October 15, 2015

Hasmonean High School has confirmed it will comply with an order to amend its admissions procedure.

The Orthodox state school said it was "reviewing and updating our admissions policies to ensure that we abide by the current regulations regarding admissions, that our school's ethos is upheld and that we reflect the needs of the Orthodox Jewish community."


Special volunteers

July 8, 2015

A seminar, run by the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) at their Hendon headquarters offered training to six mentors to enable them to support volunteers with a range of special needs.


Chief Rabbi launches new shul in Hendon

By Simon Rocker, May 28, 2015

A new United Synagogue congregation is to be launched by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in Hendon, north-west London, in a fortnight.

Magen Avot, which will hold services at the Hendon Hall Hotel until it finds a permanent home, has been founded mainly by ex-members of North Hendon Synagogue.


5,000 join a tribute to Shoah victims

By Marcus Dysch, April 23, 2015

The Allianz Park stadium in Hendon is more accustomed to noisy crowds cheering on the Saracens rugby union team. But amid grey clouds and blustery winds on Sunday, it was transformed into a place of solemn tribute.


Ukip and Green Party can tip the balance in Hendon

By Sandy Rashty, March 19, 2015

They sit at opposite ends of the political spectrum, but the rejection of mainstream politics by Ukip and the Green Party has garnered more national coverage ahead of this election than ever before.

Two Jewish candidates are looking to attract disillusioned voters in Hendon with some eye-catching policies.


Tory and Labour veterans renew battle in target Hendon seat

By Sandy Rashty, March 19, 2015

When Ed Miliband headed to Hendon to host a public question-and- answer session in January, there was one issue on the audience's mind.

The man hoping to be Prime Minister was repeatedly pushed to defend his stance on Israel by Jewish constituents who vowed never to vote for Labour while he led the party.


Partnership minyan to be launched in Hendon

By Simon Rocker, March 5, 2015

The demand for partnership minyans, Orthodox services where women can take a public role, is growing, with plans to hold the first one in Hendon this month.

Partnership services already take place every few weeks in Elstree and Golders Green, while another minyan has met occasionally in Hampstead.

The Hendon minyan will hold its first service in a private home on Friday night, March 13.