Frank admissions of the Hertsmere Primary head

By Jay Grenby, June 10, 2011

Leading a Jewish primary school where demand for places way outstrips supply, Hertsmere JPS head Steven Isaacs has some words of comfort for parents facing disappointment in the admissions process.


A busy start at Radlett

By Jay Grenby, May 26, 2011

Radlett Synagogue's new ministerial couple hardly had time to draw breath on their arrival before being drawn into a hectic week of activities.

First up, Rabbi Leo Dee delivered a dvar Torah at the synagogue's annual meeting.

There was a large turnout for the Dees' first Shabbat with the community, including a traditional Friday night dinner with more than 100 members.


Valued agent

By Charlie Jacoby, May 26, 2011

Radlett agent Village Estates is marking 25 years in business this year. When Neil Landau set up the company, the average asking price for a modest home in the South East was around £36,000.


Rabbis lobby on Congo

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

Progressive rabbis have called on the Foreign Office to give greater support to UN peace-keepers in strife-torn Congo.

More than 60 ministers signed a petition to the Foreign Office organised by Radlett and Bushey Reform's Rabbi David Mitchell and Rabbi Colin Eimer from Sha'arei Tsedek North London Synagogue.


It's good news worth sharing

By Jay Grenby, May 12, 2011

Northwood, Pinner, Ruislip and Watford combined for a "Good News from Israel" event hosted by Northwood United Synagogue.


Members backing Radlett expansion

By Jay Grenby, April 14, 2011

Radlett Synagogue members have expressed support for an ambitious £1.65 million rebuilding and refurbishment project.

Seventy-five people attended a special meeting at which shul chair Andy Katz and building committee head Paul Krisman used visual aids to illustrate how the scheme would offer the enhanced facilities needed by a growing and youthful community.


Moves to settle Radlett rabbi's claim

April 7, 2011

Former Radlett Synagogue minister Rabbi Ariel Abel is moving towards an out-of-court settlement of a constructive dismissal claim against the United Synagogue.

A pre-hearing review at Watford Employment Tribunal on Monday was postponed as the parties worked towards agreement. The rabbi and the US both said they could not comment at this stage.


Radlett says farewell to Elkan Levy

By Jay Grenby, March 24, 2011

Tributes were led by the Chief Rabbi as the Radlett United congregation said a fond farewell to acting minister and longstanding member Elkan Levy.

Lord and Lady Sacks, the community's guests for Shabbat, were among the 220 people who feted Netanya bound Mr Levy and his wife Celia at a Friday night dinner.


Growth in Carmel trees

February 24, 2011

Radlett Synagogue members have achieved their target of funding more than 750 new trees in Israel, following the devastating Carmel Forest fire.

Chairman Andy Katz announced that "the goal has not only been achieved but exceeded". Rather than a Radlett Grove, as originally envisioned, the shul will have an area of woodland named after it.


Radlett women on honours board

By Jay Grenby, February 17, 2011

Although a trail-blazer in advancing the role of women in Orthodox synagogue life, Radlett shul has hitherto not formally honoured them.

So it was a first when a presentation ceremony was held to recognise the contribution of Elaine Tarsh and Gill Stella to the community.

Described as "one of the secret heroes" of the congregation, Mrs Tarsh was actively involved in its Community Care programme for some years, before taking charge in 2009. She has also organised themed kiddushim and helps with the local Project Chesed.