School angry at missing the bus on funding

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

A Hertsmere Jewish Primary governor has expressed fears for its future after Hertfordshire County Council and Education Secretary Michael Gove rejected pleas to retain free or concessionary transport for pupils.

More than 200 of the 480 HJPS pupils use the council-run transport service, which is being abolished at the end of the academic year due to budget cuts.

Governor Abigail Silver said


Great expectations of rising Radlett

By Jay Grenby, March 15, 2012

Anglo-Jewry should "watch this space", advised the Chief Rabbi when he inducted Rabbi Leo Dee as Radlett Synagogue's minister on Sunday.

"This is a community that is going places and will achieve great things," Lord Sacks told the congregation of 200.

It had grown faster than any other community and had activities every day of the week.

Welcoming guests also including local Tory MP James


Radlett builds up to redevelopment

By Jay Grenby, March 1, 2012

Radlett Synagogue members have raised more than half the money needed to start work on Project Renewal, a £1.75 million rebuilding scheme which received planning consent four months ago.

At a community meeting convened to report on progress, 100 members were told that more than £400,000 had been collected towards the initial target of £750,000.


On parade to remember the lives that were lost

November 17, 2011

Many communities took part in Remembrance Day services to pay their respects to fallen soldiers.

A service in Radlett, conducted by Rabbi Leo Dee of Radlett Synagogue, Rabbi Paul Freedman of Radlett and Bushey Reform and Reverend William Hogg of Christ Church, drew a crowd of 800 people, among them teenagers from Radlett United's Tribe Challenge course.


High Holy Days marquee used for interfaith celebrations

By Jay Grenby, October 27, 2011

Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue put its High Holy-Days marquee to good use between the festivals, joining forces with Radlett United Synagogue, local churches and the neighbouring Bhaktivedanta Manor Hara Krishna Temple to promote interfaith co-operation and fundraise for charity.


Young photographic talent gets official recognition

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

The skills of a talented photographer who has yet to reach barmitzvah age have been recognised by the Royal Photographic Society.

Radlett schoolboy Sam Kaye, 12, is one of the youngest snappers to become a licentiate of the society, reaching the first of three levels. He is one of only 3,300 in Britain.


Radlett renewal gets council green light

By Jay Grenby, October 11, 2011

Hertsmere Council's planning committee has unanimously approved Radlett Synagogue's Project Renewal, a £1.75 million rebuilding and refurbishment scheme.

Described by Radlett board member Paul Krisman as "an affordable and realistic plan for regeneration", it replaces a number of earlier and more ambitious proposals, downgraded in part as a consequence of the economic downturn.


Radlett Reform recruits worldly woman rabbi

By Jay Grenby, September 1, 2011

Radlett and Bushey Reform has taken on a multi-national player as its new associate minister and youth director.

Rabbi Celia Surget is expected to take up the post in November, replacing Rabbi David Mitchell, who is joining the rabbinic team at West London Synagogue.

The 33-year-old has a French father and an American mother.


Radlett builds up

July 21, 2011

Plans for the £1.65 million rebuilding and refurbishment of Radlett United Synagogue have been submitted to Hertsmere Borough Council, marking the start of a five-week consultation with neighbours and other interested parties.

The submission follows approval of the scheme by shul officers and members.


West London addition

June 16, 2011

Rabbi David Mitchell is to join the rabbinic team at West London Synagogue, replacing the America-bound Rabbi Danny Burkeman.

Currently associate minister at Radlett and Bushey Reform, he will take up the post in November.