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.


Multicultural day for Hertsmere Jewish Primary School

July 25, 2008

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School invited 60 children from a multicultural Watford primary for a programme designed to broaden understanding of other cultures. The visitors from Chater Junior School were given a tour of Elstree and Borehamwood Synagogue by Rabbi Naftali Brawer before joining HJPS pupils for lunch and an afternoon programme of team games and Israeli singing and dancing.


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.


Shul and golf clubs get listed status

By Jay Grenby, July 18, 2008

Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue has been listed in Hertsmere Borough Council’s new register of locally important properties which contribute “significantly to the quality of the built environment”.

The synagogue building is a former church standing on an elevated and prominent position in Radlett’s main street. It was nominated for its architectural significance, contribution to the streetscape and local historic interest as a place of worship since its construction in 1930.   


Esther Rantzen addresses Association of Jewish Refugees' summer get-together

July 11, 2008

Broadcaster and journalist Esther Rantzen addressed an Association of Jewish Refugees' summer get-together at Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue. The meeting was attended by 125 AJR members - Holocaust survivors and refugees from Nazism - and organised as part of the association's outreach programme.