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.


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.


New Aviv Wizo Group

By Susan Gilbert, October 20, 2010
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School's kosher concerns answered

By Robyn Rosen, September 16, 2010

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School is to appoint a shomer after parents voiced concern about kashrut supervision.

The school announced it was working with the London Beth Din to find someone to oversee kashrut.

New head Steven Isaacs said: "The school has followed strict guidelines and taken advice regarding the appropriate supervision of food at all times." However, "as a stringent measure", it was moving towards engaging a shomer.


Help for New Year services

By Jay Grenby, September 7, 2010

United Synagogue chiefs have recruited some experienced festival stand-ins for congregations with pulpit vacancies.

Following the departure of Rabbi Reuven Livingstone, Hampstead Garden Suburb services will be led by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen, formerly at Stanmore and one-time HGS assistant minister.

Rabbi Cohen has been serving as consultant minister while the community searches for Rabbi Livingstone's replacement. He will be assisted by the congregation's community director, Rabbi Anthony Knop, and Aish's Rabbi Daniel Rowe.


Zneimer to rescue at Radlett

By Jay Grenby, September 2, 2010

Having swapped a communal career for the commercial sector three years ago, former United Synagogue chief executive Rabbi Saul Zneimer is to make a temporary return to the pulpit.

From October, he will serve as part-time minister at Radlett Synagogue, which is without a rabbi following the departure of Ariel Abel. He will lead two Shabbatot each month and a weekly evening service.


Teens get a taste of the Big Apple

By Jay Grenby, September 2, 2010

Twenty-one post-bar- and batmitzvah youngsters from Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue have returned from a week in New York - "the largest and most exciting educational undertaking this synagogue has ever participated in".

Accompanied by Rabbi David Mitchell, two youth workers and four young adult madrichim, the 14- and 15-year-olds visited major synagogues and other sites of Jewish interest, including Ellis Island. They also took a tour of old New York with a local rabbi.


Changes at Radlett

By Jay Grenby, August 5, 2010

Radlett Synagogue has announced a raft of changes in the shul's spiritual and lay leadership following the departure of Rabbi Ariel Abel and the resignation of honorary officers who said they could no longer work with chair Andy Katz.

Members were informed this week that Jeffrey Gruder would assume the vice-chairmanship until new elections at the AGM in May. The two departing wardens would be replaced by a rota of "service co-ordinators", who were already concentrating on arrangements for the High Holy-Days.


Tributes to Radlett rabbi

By Jay Grenby, July 29, 2010

The rift in the Radlett Synagogue leadership was put aside as members attended a farewell dinner and kiddush for Rabbi Ariel Abel, who resigned after five years as minister.

More than 120 guests heard tributes to the rabbi from United Synagogue chief executive Jeremy Jacobs and Joel Sager, warden at neighbouring Borehamwood and occasional minister at Radlett.

There was also a contribution from former warden David Glover, one of the Radlett leaders who resigned saying they could no longer work with chairman Andy Katz.


Resignations leave Radlett synagogue in turmoil

By Jay Grenby, July 22, 2010

Radlett Synagogue's vice-chair and two wardens have resigned, the wardens saying they can no longer work with chairman Andy Katz.

Critics claim that Mr Katz is "dictatorial" and "intransigent" and does not consult honorary officers or board members over key decisions. Mr Katz insists this is not the case and says he is working to bring the three back into the fold.