Pupils' big game at Arsenal

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2011

Year five pupils from Moriah Primary in Pinner enjoyed a trip to Arsenal's Emirates stadium as part of the club's interfaith education programme.

The Premier League-funded Arsenal for Everyone scheme brought together children from several London schools and a variety of religious backgrounds. Run jointly by Arsenal in the Community and the Islington Faith Forum, the scheme combined sessions about the major world religions with football coaching to encourage teamwork and respect.

Representatives from each religion also addressed pupils on the importance of their faith.


Policewoman gets honour from Met

By Robyn Rosen, February 10, 2011

A beauty therapist turned police officer has received a Metropolitan Police commendation for ideas she developed to help reduce crime in nightclubs.

Jo Poole, 57, who has spent 17 years on the force, was presented with the award on Monday. "It means a lot to be recognised for your work," she said.

"I'm most proud of instigating the stickers at cash machines to warn people to look behind them when they take out money. It helped reduce crime in one street in Soho from 167 attacks in six months to nine."


'Retired' Grunewald keeps on going

By Jay Grenby, December 16, 2010

Rabbi Yaacov Grunewald is continuing his involvement at Pinner Synagogue despite having formally retired in October after 34 years in the pulpit.

The synagogue has announced that while the search for Rabbi Grunewald's successor is conducted, he will fulfil pastoral duties, visiting the sick and being available to answer members' questions on religious issues.

"Our search for a new rabbi is progressing well," said Pinner chair Howard Lewis. "However, we were always aware that we might need someone to help us with pastoral care in the interim period."


X Factor wedding singer Katie Waissel

By Jennifer Lipman, November 18, 2010

Katie Waissel has had more experience singing in front of an audience than she has let on.

The X Factor star delighted guests at her older sister Natalie's wedding in 2006 to Glenn Davis, with a rendition of Fred Astaire’s “The way you look tonight”.

“It was her way of showing how much she cared as a sister,” said Mrs Davis, who at 27 is three years older than Katie.

The wedding was held at the New West End Synagogue in London, the community Katie’s grandmother still belongs to. Mrs Davis said her sister made sure that the day was special.


Hall of Fame: Bob Blackman

November 10, 2010

"Israel has clearly honoured obligations of humanitarian areas and aid for Gaza.

"Did the discussion that took place last week concentrate on the effect that Hamas has had in terms of its rocket capability and launching rockets and bombs into the state of Israel?"


Chanukah Gift Fair

By Andrea Neidle, November 8, 2010
Sunday 28 November
9:30am - 1:30pm


Pinner Synagogue Art Exhibition and Sale

By hilary frohlich, November 8, 2010
Sunday 21 November
3:00pm - 8:00pm


Fond farewell to Pinner rabbi

By Jay Grenby, October 28, 2010

More than 600 people gathered at Pinner Synagogue on Sunday for a reception marking the retirement of Rabbi Yaakov Grunewald after 34 years.

Shul chair Howard Lewis told them that the turnout showed "the high esteem in which our rabbi is held in both the Pinner community and throughout the United Synagogue".


X Factor's Katie Waissel: before she was famous

By Jessica Elgot, October 21, 2010

Long before the black eyeliner, the bleached hair and the fake eyelashes, X Factor star Katie Waissel was just a normal Jewish girl.

Now she hopes fans are beginning to see a "stripped-back" version of the girl captured in this 1998 photograph of an RSY summer camp.

Ms Waissel, 24, who is in the final 12 of the ITV 1 competition, said she hoped Jewish fans would get behind her bid for a record contract with Simon Cowell.


Help for New Year services

By Jay Grenby, September 7, 2010

United Synagogue chiefs have recruited some experienced festival stand-ins for congregations with pulpit vacancies.

Following the departure of Rabbi Reuven Livingstone, Hampstead Garden Suburb services will be led by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen, formerly at Stanmore and one-time HGS assistant minister.

Rabbi Cohen has been serving as consultant minister while the community searches for Rabbi Livingstone's replacement. He will be assisted by the congregation's community director, Rabbi Anthony Knop, and Aish's Rabbi Daniel Rowe.