Pinner

Four shuls, one voice

By Jay Grenby, May 7, 2009

A combined Yom Hazikaron/Yom Ha’atzmaut event at Pinner Synagogue was the first in what is hoped will be joint ventures between the four United Synagogue communities on the outer north-west London fringes.

The commemoration attracted over 300 members from the host community, Northwood, Ruislip and Watford. The programme featured the visiting rabbis and contributions from young community members. A proportion of profits will be donated to Magen David Adom.

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End of Plancey’s acting role at Northwood

By Jay Grenby, March 19, 2009

Northwood Synagogue held a special kiddush on Shabbat to bid farewell to Rabbi Alan Plancey after 20 months as acting minister.

The shul was packed for the service, after which chairman Alan Taylor paid tribute to the rabbi and his wife Miriam for outstanding leadership, friendship and hospitality.

In appreciation of their efforts, he presented them with an inscribed silver tray.

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A nation remembers and educates

January 29, 2009

Northwood’s four-day HMD programme — the largest of its type in the UK — launched on Monday with the first group from the anticipated 2,000 secondary school pupils and teachers from Harrow, Hillingdon and Hertsmere.

Organised jointly by the Northwood United and Liberal shuls, the scheme is in its eighth year. Many civic leaders were at the opening, where survivor Ziggy Shipper preached against hatred.

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New at Northwood

January 29, 2009

Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman is Northwood Synagogue’s new minister and will take up the post in time for Pesach.

The appointment of the 30-year-old, who recently received semichah in Israel, was overwhelmingly approved by the 130 Northwood congregants who came to the shul to hear him speak and answer questions.

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Pinner JFC weekend round-up

November 19, 2008

Seniors - Away to Norstar (MSFL Division 4)

Lost 3-1.

The Seniors started well and were controlling the game keeping Norstar at bay in their own half. But with 20 minutes gone Norstar pushed forward with one of their few chances and whipped in a ball from right to be headed home.

The blues lost concentration and not least due to two early substitutions that manager Les Conway was forced to make. Josh Sasto due to a recurring shoulder injury and Marc Benamram with a calf problem.

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The Pinner Israel Action Group hold Israeli wine-tasting fundraiser

October 16, 2008

The Pinner Israel Action Group moved closer to completing its second partnership with the Israel Guide Dog Centre for the Blind after an Israeli wine-tasting fundraiser. Forty wine buffs heard Neil Isaacson of Hendon kosher wine specialist Amazing Grapes give a short lecture on wine-making and an overview of the fast-growing Israeli market before enjoying a tasting. The Pinner Israel Action Group has already completed one $25,000 partnership with the Israel Guide Dog Centre to support the raising and training of a guide dog.

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Father dies moments after seeing his daughter marry

By Candice Krieger, August 28, 2008

A leading communal figure died suddenly at his daughter's wedding on Monday evening.

Michael Rosen, 65, from Pinner, Middlesex, was celebrating the marriage of his daughter Lynne to Robert Dyan at the Grove Hotel in Watford, Hertfordshire, when he collapsed from a suspected heart attack.
One guest said: "He seemed 100 per cent fine. Everything was normal and we were returning to our tables after the Israeli dancing when he collapsed. You could see it was serious because the rabbis started praying."

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Like father, like son at Northwood shul

August 7, 2008

Son will replace father as the spiritual head of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue tomorrow when Rabbi Aaron Goldstein is inducted as senior minister.

As the 38-year-old rabbi takes charge, his father, Rabbi Andrew Goldstein, will become emeritus minister. At the same service, Rabbi Hillel Athias-Robles will be inducted as assistant minister.

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Simon and Garfunkel tribute band help support Israel Guide Dog Centre for the Blind

August 7, 2008

An Israeli Simon and Garfunkel tribute act helped Pinner Synagogue's Israel Action Group to raise almost £5,000 for the Israel Guide Dog Centre for the Blind. Performers Larry Fogel and Moni Arnon drew a sell-out audience of 460 to Harrow Arts Centre, interspersing their songs with Simon and Garfunkel stories. The proceeds will go towards funding the group's second guide dog and the training of its potential owner - one of Israel's 20,000 registered blind.

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Supper reception marks retirement of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue minister

August 7, 2008

To mark the imminent retirement of Rabbi Andrew Goldstein as Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue minister, Hillingdon Council of Christians and Jews held a supper reception attended by civic and interfaith personalities. Rabbi Goldstein, a member of the international CCJ executive, received awards from Three Faiths Forum co-founder Sir Sigmund Sternberg, Hillingdon CCJ chairman Sidney Moss and Hillingdon Interfaith Network's Amir Ahmed and Duncan Struthers.

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