Radlett

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Radlett backs dynamic duo

By Jay Grenby, February 3, 2011

Radlett Synagogue members have overwhelmingly endorsed the appointment of Rabbi Leo and Lucy Dee as their new "rabbinic couple".

Following their weekend stay in Radlett - when the community took advantage of the plentiful opportunities to meet them - almost 90 per cent of the 175 members who voted supported the selection committee's choice.

Currently assistant minister at Hendon, Rabbi Dee hopes to join the Hertfordshire community in May, presiding over a congregation of more than 1,000 adults and 800 under-18s.

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Money raised for Carmel trees

January 20, 2011

Radlett Synagogue members have responded generously to an appeal to fund new trees in Israel, following the Carmel Forest fire.
The original target of 300 trees to establish a Radlett Grove has already been exceeded and the community is well on its way to funding a Radlett Woodland of 750 trees.

Michelle Wolff and Jacques Weisser have spearheaded the initiative, asking families to buy at least one tree at £10 each to provide a long-lasting legacy for the Carmel area.

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Dee-light for Radlett as it fills pulpit vacancy

By Jay Grenby, January 20, 2011

Hendon Synagogue assistant minister Rabbi Leo Dee is set to become Radlett's new rabbi.
Rabbi Dee is the choice of the shul's selection committee, but the appointment requires the ratification of members. In line with the aim of appointing a "rabbinical couple", his wife Lucy has been offered a separate contract to work with younger women and families in the community, as she has been doing in Hendon.

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Radlett pondering its building options

By Jay Grenby, December 16, 2010

Hertsmere Council planners have given Radlett Synagogue the green light to demolish the former village hall it inhabits and replace it with a state-of-the-art shul. But the synagogue leadership is pondering alternative scenarios.

An application to the council to remove a redundant condition imposed when full planning permission was originally granted nearly two years ago was unanimously approved last week.

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At home in Radlett and Elstree

By Charlie Jacoby, November 19, 2010

It's one of London's superstar suburbs, with a low-key loveliness that attracts the rich and famous. Surrounded by green belt, Radlett emerged as a top-rank suburb in the late 19th century, following the building of the Midland Railway from Bedford to London. Today its population of 8,000 (around a quarter of them Jewish) can boast some of the highest property prices along the M25.

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