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Ecstasy as safe as riding?

By Robyn Rosen, November 26, 2009

A retired spinal injury consultant has said he was “flabbergasted” after sacked government drugs adviser Professor David Nutt controversially used his decades-old research paper as evidence to compare the dangers of horse-riding with those of the drug, ecstasy.

Dr John Silver, a member of Radlett United Synagogue, has spoken of his shock after Professor Nutt referred to a paper he had written more than 20 years ago, entitled The Hazards of Horse-Riding as a Popular Sport.


Artist’s hospital mural for sick children

By Robyn Rosen, November 19, 2009

A Jewish artist from Radlett has transformed a hospital children’s area by painting a huge safari themed mural.
Leigh Warman, 45, spent almost three months on the mural in the corridor between the children’s ward and the operating theatre at Watford General.

It is the latest of over 50 murals completed by Mr Warman at hospitals across the country, including Great Ormond Street, the Royal Free and Nottingham.

“Kids go to hospital so frightened but if they can see something they recognise it takes the edge off,” Mr Warman said. “Now it’s lovely and beautiful.”


Joining the Belarus party

By Jay Grenby, October 29, 2009

A nine-strong Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue group visited Belarus to attend the bar- and batmitzvahs of youngsters from the shul’s twin community of Grodno and the neighbouring town of Lida. The celebrants had been hosted in Radlett in the summer for activities including a religious studies programme.

Headed by Rabbi David Mitchell and Belarus committee chair Paul Janes, the Radlett group started in Grodno, where bowler-hatted progressive rabbi Grisha Abramovich presided over Friday night and Shabbat morning services in which the teenagers had leading roles.


Light show for Radlett

October 8, 2009

Aldenham parish councillors have voted unanimously to support an application for the erection of a giant menorah in the centre of Radlett during Chanucah. The councillors commended the joint initiative between the Hertfordshire village’s three congregations — Radlett United, Radlett and Bushey Reform and Lubavitch.


Radlett inducts second minister

By Jay Grenby, October 1, 2009

A former Hasmonean Preparatory head boy who was raised in an Orthodox environment has been inducted as Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue’s assistant minister.

Rabbi David Mitchell, who switched to Reform Judaism while at Oxford University, was welcomed as the shul’s “first second minister” by an audience of 200.


Annual bike ride through Rajasthan for Norwood

September 3, 2009

A CYCLIST’S campaign to raise £8,500 for Norwood through the charity’s annual bike ride through Rajasthan got off to a flying start at a ladies’ only bingo evening. Rocki Ezekiel, who took up cycling at the age of 46, will be pounding the pedals from the Taj Mahal to Jaipur in November, along with husband Sas, who rides tandem with a Ravenswood resident. The bingo session raised more than £600.


He's got the world on his plinth

By Jessica Elgot, August 27, 2009

A former JFS geography teacher put his expertise to use to raise £1,200 for children’s charity Camp Simcha when taking his place on Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth last Friday.

Richard Beach, 40, from Radlett, drew a map of the world from memory and offered passers-by in Trafalgar Square the opportunity to have their name on a sponsored location.

“Most people picked special places to them in the UK and Israel, but we did have a few strange ones,” he


Why Elvis went back on the road

By Jay Grenby, August 21, 2009

Elvis impersonator Martyn Dias starred this week in probably the first-ever Elvis tribute concert given on a British motorway.

Mr Dias, who performs as Elvis Schmelvis, hit traffic problems returning to St Albans from a commemorative street party outside Elvisly Yours, the memorabilia shop in Baker Street owned by Radlett Jewish community member Sid Shaw.

Stuck in a massive tailback with fellow tribute artist Elvince after an accident had closed both carriageways of the M1, the duo decided to brighten the day for fellow motorists.


Shul rings changes on phones

By Jay Grenby, Radlett, August 13, 2009

Radlett Synagogue leaders are clamping down on the use of electronic devices during services to “bring some respect back into the shul”.

Members and guests have been using mobile phones, BlackBerry devices and even laptops in synagogue. One visitor was seen trying to order a takeaway at a recent Shabbat morning service. Another guest was caught discreetly videoing a barmitzvah with a camera hidden inside a tallit bag.