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.


We cannot let millions more die

By David Mitchell, July 22, 2010

It was only a little article on the JC's website but it was one of the most heart-warming to read in a while. Yet again, Israel - so often the subject of bad press around the world - was rapidly responding with real aid to a humanitarian crisis.


Parent disputes Moriah admissions policy

By Simon Rocker, June 24, 2010

A family has complained that their son has been denied a place at the Moriah Jewish Day School nursery in Pinner, Harrow in September because the school miscalculated the distance from their home.

The boy's father, who did not wish to be named, said that other children who lived further away from the school had been placed higher than their son in the queue for 26 places.


Agent moves into Radlett home

By Charlie Jacoby, May 27, 2010

It is a sign of renewed enthusiasm for property when an estate agent opens an extra office. Barnet estate agent Statons is spreading its wings. It has added an office, in Radlett, Hertfordshire. Known as an "agent to the stars", Statons is equally happy selling smaller houses as it is selling footballers' mansions from its new location.

Among its lower-priced instructions, Statons already has a one-bedroom flat above the shops in Watling Street, for sale at £195,000. But it is also offering a brand-new home in Loom Lane, for £4.25 million.


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Radlett women want more 'passion' in synagogue

By Jay Grenby, May 6, 2010

Radlett women want "more passion" - in their shul services.

A survey at the United shul also identified demand for livelier and more tuneful services featuring female as well as male speakers. The women further responded that segregation made them feel "marginalised and unvalued".

The survey, conducted anonymously on the community's website, was designed to determine "how the women members experienced shul and what could improve the experience for them". Views were additionally sought on the shul experience of their batmitzvah age daughters and on the recital of kaddish by women.


Business lunch in support of Yavneh College

March 18, 2010

BT chief executive Ian Livingston and his Next counterpart Simon Wolfson hosted a lunch for 45 business leaders at the BT Tower in support of Herts Jewish secondary school Yavneh College.

Introduced by educational philanthropist Benjamin Perl, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks spoke glowingly about Yavneh's achievements.

Mr Livingston also addressed diners, as did headteacher Dr Dena Coleman and pupils Talia Jay, Richard Reback and Liz Drey on different aspects of school life.


Radlett shul members climb Kilimanjaro

By Jay Grenby, March 11, 2010

Three Radlett United Synagogue members have climbed Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest mountain at 5,895 metres - to raise funds for their shul's new extension.

Leader David Brooks and fellow Radlett members and fortysomethings Tony Moss and Perry Sugarman were accompanied by Mr Brooks' brother Paul and his friend Nik Harta.

A highlight of their 10-day challenge was a Friday night kiddush which, said David Brooks, "gave us a real sense of unity and focused our thoughts".