Muswell Hill

Home found for Haringey free school

By Robyn Rosen, November 18, 2010

The location has been revealed for Haringey Jewish Primary, one of the new government-funded free schools which is set to open next September.

Peter Kessler, joint project leader, told a meeting of 200 parents that the school would be in Creighton Avenue, Muswell Hill, next to the well-regarded Fortismere secondary. He hoped it could share some Fortismere facilities.

"It will be a completely new building which is not the case for many of the new free schools," he said. "If approved, the government will fund it, which is an amazing opportunity."


Yiddishe Momma advert removed by eBay

By Robyn Rosen, June 22, 2010

An advert for a Yiddishe Momma has been pulled from auction website eBay for breaching its “human body parts and remains policy”.

James Doyan, a management consultant from Crouch End, decided to auction his mother, Sandi Firth from Leeds, on Ebay after “having enough of her exploits in trying to find love”.

He placed an ad for the 63-year-old grandmother last week with the title: “My Yiddishe Momma for sale. Beautiful, great cook, educated, articulate, family focused, caring – priceless”.


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Stalker jailed for four months

By Marcus Dysch, January 18, 2010

A “socially inadequate loner”, who stalked a young mother for more than five years, has been jailed.

Elliot Fogel, 34, was given a four-month sentence after he admitted breaching a restraining order which banned him from any contact with Claire Waxman.

He had stored material on his computer including around 40,000 Google searches of Mrs Waxman’s name, a satellite image of her home, and her wedding picture.


Muswell Hill shul Skype with twin

December 3, 2009

Members of Muswell Hill Synagogue got closer to their twin Ukrainian community of Rovno through a Skype link-up during a fundraising evening at the home of Margaret and Stephen Brearley.

Over 70 guests dined Ukrainian style — blintzes, stuffed cabbage and mushroom stroganoff — and there was klezmer music from the Stewart Curtis trio. The £1,150 proceeds will help furnish a computer room at a nursery.



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Crouch End chavurah celebrates birthday

November 5, 2009

A non-Orthodox chavurah in Crouch End, north London, is celebrating its first birthday.

The group holds services and dinners and attracted over 50 people to a Seder. More than 30 families and a number of individuals are now involved and other activities include Hebrew classes for children. “It is amazing how many Jews there are in Crouch End who seem excited by our presence,” said founder member Karen Goldstone.


Call for eruv in Muswell Hill

By Leon Symons, May 7, 2009

Muswell Hill Rabbi David Mason chose his induction speech at the synagogue on Sunday to reveal that he wanted to start work on an eruv for the north London community.

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks and Rosh (head) Beth Din Dayan Menachem Gelley looked on as Rabbi Mason told the congregation that the synagogue would continue to be “an attractive and inspiring option for young families who live in the area and who may be unaffiliated or considering joining synagogues of other bodies.


Memorial to dedicated doctor

By James Martin, April 23, 2009

A north London mental health centre has been renamed in memory of a psychiatrist who gave 30 years of dedicated service to patients.

From this week, the Fore Street Mental Health Centre in Enfield will be known as The Lucas Building, reflecting the contribution of Richard Lucas, who died last summer, aged 65.

The renaming was the idea of staff and patients of the Muswell Hill Synagogue member, who was awarded an OBE in 2003 for medical services. His widow Lynne was among the 100 people at a ceremony on Monday afternoon.