Shul hardship fund

December 23, 2008

Aware that 2009 could be a difficult year for some of its congregants, Hendon Reform Synagogue is setting up a fund to assist those suffering financial hardship.

Its aim is to provide financial aid, support and advice until social services or a Jewish charity can take up the reins.

Hendon Reform will be celebrating its 60th anniversary and it has been agreed that profits from a commemorative brochure will go into the fund.


Swastika sickens kosher cafe boss

By Cathy Forman, November 20, 2008

A swastika and antisemitic slogans were scratched on the wall of a kosher cafe in Hendon Park on Monday night.

Hendon Park Cafe owner Jason Ezekiel was informed of the graffiti by a park keeper. "He had already painted over some of it as he didn't want to upset Jewish people. I am very distraught by the whole thing."

Mr Ezekiel believed the perpetrator used a key. "It must have taken at least 20 minutes to do."


Historian and educator Rabbi Berel Wein addresses packed house at Hendon Synagogue

November 13, 2008

Historian and educator Rabbi Berel Wein addressed a packed house at Hendon Synagogue on Saturday night on "The world economic crisis: Are we reliving the problems of 2,000 years ago?" Rabbi Wein highlighted the resilence of Jews to disasters of all types, the Holocaust included. He also discussed his new book, The Oral Law at Sinai.


Middlesex University's new lecture hall named in honour of Professor Edgar Neufeld

October 23, 2008

Middlesex University's largest lecture hall in its new Hatchcroft building has been named in honour of ex-Middlesex governors' chair Professor Edgar Neufeld. The Vienna-born professor's family fled the Nazis and he was educated in Manchester. His first job was as a research physicist at Jodrell Bank and he went on to become a group director for IBM. Vice-chancellor Professor Michael Driscoll paid tribute to Professor Neufeld's "hard work, wisdom, courtesy and care".


New checks pledged by Kosher food firm after schnitzel poisoning

By Dana Gloger, September 19, 2008

Europe's largest kosher-food manufacturer this week admitted that a chicken schnitzel which made a meals-on-wheels customer ill had been undercooked.

Hermolis said it had now put in place new procedures after Simone Simmons, 52, from Hendon, North-West London, was supplied the schnitzel which she said had made her sick.

Michael Lisser, managing director of the Wembley-based firm, said: "We used to probe [temperature check] one in every three to five schnitzels after cooking a batch to make sure they were hot enough and thoroughly cooked.


Additional Rabbi at Hendon synagogue

September 19, 2008
Hendon synagogue has appointed an additional rabbi to assist senior minister Rabbi Mordecai Ginsbury in the "ongoing revitalisation and development of the community". The new man is Rabbi Leo Dee, who recently returned to England after four years of study in Efrat, where he received semichah. The London-born rabbi gained a first-class degree in chemical engineering at Cambridge and worked for 10 years in the City. The appointment has been part-funded by Tribe, the United Synagogue youth wing, because of Rabbi Dee's focus on younger sections of the community.


Kosher sushi evening raises over £500 for Israeli hospital

August 1, 2008
A kosher sushi cookery evening organised by Laniado UK raised over £500 for the Israeli hospital's Emergency Centre Campaign. Laniado supporters watched and took copious notes as Johannesburg-based cookery teacher Isabel Romberg explained the finer points of sushi preparation. Laniado UK campaigns director Gaby Blauer says similar events are being planned for the future.


X-Factor contestant turns bingo-caller for charity

July 25, 2008
X-Factor contestant Ricky Denton turned bingo caller for a Chai Cancer Care fundraiser organised by its Chai Five committee. The top prizes were won by Hayley Sethill, Juliet Michels, Adam Goldin, Emma Fisher, Jenny Foster, Barry Collins and Toby Hanbury and the event brought in £1,600.


United Synagogue community host "we're here to help" brunch

July 22, 2008
The United Synagogue's community division hosted a "we're here to help" brunch for more than 70 new congregational chairmen and board members at the Isola Bella restaurant. The event highlighted the work of the US head office and the support available for local communities. Kashrut, the Beth Din and burial were among the aspects covered.


Opera and supper raises £5,500 for the Friends of Jewish Care

July 21, 2008

An opera and supper at Hendon Synagogue's community centre raised £5,500 for the Friends of Jewish Care's Ella and Ridley Jacobs House. The 150 guests included residents of the home, Hendon MP Andrew Dismore and Barnet Mayor John Marshall.