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".


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Radlett rabbi quits for educating role

By Jay Grenby, February 18, 2010

Rabbi Ariel Abel has stunned Radlett Synagogue's honorary officers by announcing that he is quitting after five years to pursue his educational interests.

He will take up the directorship of the Jewish Heraldic Foundation, "a new venture that will aim to educate and inspire young people to pioneer, lead and achieve more, both in the Jewish and the wider community". Rabbi Abel explained that the foundation "will run various projects with interested partners and fulfil a role in recognising and honouring rising stars in the Jewish community".


Suzy Belsman and Michael Banin

February 11, 2010

The long-time sweethearts are both 24. Suzy lives in Radlett, studied at Birmingham University and the Agency of Jewish Education and teaches at a north-west London primary school. Michael, from Edgware, took accounting and finance at Nottingham Trent University and is currently studying to become a chartered accountant. They enjoy Nintendo Wii, supporting Barnet FC, going to the cinema and dining with friends. Suzy is a Radlett Synagogue member, Michael belongs to the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in Holland Park. They plan to marry next year.

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