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.


Miracle teenager says thanks to supporters

By Jay Grenby, May 7, 2009

A 13-year-old Radlett girl who recently left hospital after lengthy treatment for a rare form of cancer has thrown a thank-you party for those who have helped her.

Just over a year ago, Immanuel College pupil Alana Jacobs was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer which mainly affects young people.


Radlett shul plan approved

March 19, 2009

Radlett Synagogue has finally got the go-ahead to proceed with a major redevelopment of its site.

Hertsmere Council granted planning permission at a specially convened meeting on Monday, ending over two years of uncertainty for shul officers.

The latest proposals were passed by a seven-to-one majority after the committee chairman declared his vote in favour at the beginning of the ballot. The scheme involves the demolition of the former village hall used by the shul and its replacement with a two-storey state-of-the-art synagogue.


Shul looks ahead

By Jay Grenby, December 30, 2008

Radlett Synagogue members have approved a wide-ranging “strategy and vision” document defining the community’s goals over the next five years.

After the last in a series of consultations with congregants, board member Andrew Katz claimed “a loud and clear endorsement” of the shul’s plans.

Mr Katz and board colleagues Michael Seres and Howard Cohen were aiming to “grow the buzz in Radlett through a mixture of religious, educational and social activities for all ages across the community”.


Radlett beats traffic problem

By Jay Grenby, November 27, 2008

Radlett Synagogue is hoping to get the go-ahead for a major redevelopment of its Watling Street site, provided "councillors and planning officials do what they say they are going to do", shul vice-chair David Kohler has revealed.

Hertsmere Council granted conditional planning permission in January for the demolition of the former village hall in which the shul is located for replacement with a two-storey state-of-the-art synagogue, subject to agreement on parking.


£3,000 for Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue building fund raised from gala concert

November 13, 2008

Around £3,000 for the Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue building fund was raised from a gala concert featuring the music of some of America's best-loved performers. They Did It Their Way was staged by the production company run by shul social committee members Jack Applebaum and his wife, Cheryl. Songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Doris Day and Perry Como, among others, entertained an audience of 200.


Israel's Deputy UK ambassador discusses role of women in Israeli society

November 6, 2008

Israel's Deputy UK ambassador Talya Lador-Fresher discussed the role of women in Israeli society at a session of Radlett Synagogue's Learning Zone adult education programme. Mrs Lador-Fresher also dealt with a number of topical questions, including the possible impact of a new American president and prospects for peace talks in the run-up to next year's Israeli elections.


Friends offer a share dividend to Radlett youth

By Jay Grenby, July 25, 2008

Radlett Synagogue's first full-time youth director's post will be a job-share between long-time friends who will combine the appointment with their university studies.

Twenty-year-olds Ronen Gordon and Daniel Finn have both just completed gap years studying at yeshivah in Israel. Before that, they were leading lights in Bnei Akiva. Ronen will be taking medical studies at Barts, Daniel will study international politics at City University.

They start the Radlett post in September and will live in the shul-owned house next to the synagogue.