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.


Child refugees from Nazism remembered at Yom Hashoah

May 15, 2008

Over 400 people from throughout the capital attended a Yom Hashoah commemoration at Pinner Synagogue, in particular marking the 70th anniversary of the British government’s agreement to accept child refugees from Nazism on the Kindertransports. Former Kinder Susi Bechhofer and Hermann Hirschberger spoke movingly about their experiences, pointing out that real heroes of the Kindertransports were the parents who let their children escape. Guests included senior London-based diplomats.


Northwood looks to a growth in numbers

By Jay Grenby, May 8, 2008

Northwood Synagogue is taking a long, hard look at its future — and trying to ensure it is a rosy one.

A committee headed by board member David Davis has been examining a number of the issues which will impact on its long-term prospects.

Its initial findings were outlined to last Thursday’s AGM, where the 100 members present heard committee member Stuart Soloway speak optimistically about expansion.


Film, discussions and guest speakers lined-up for Northwood's Israel 60 celebrations

May 1, 2008

Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue is running a six-week programme of events commemorating Israel’s 60th birthday.

The weekly sessions include films, discussions and guest speakers, including Leo Baeck College principal and historian Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein, whose subject was the challenges now facing Israel. The programme culminates with a celebration party.


Northwood gets a new rabbi

May 1, 2008

Rabbi Hillel Athias-Robles brings a Latin American flavour to Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue, which he joined this week.

The 29-year-old grew up in Costa Rica and gained semichah in Israel. Previously involved in the Sephardi community, he switched to Liberal Judaism because he felt it better reflected his interests.

He has been mentored by Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich and has been working with the movement’s outreach department.