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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.