St John's Wood

Farewell to Chief's aide

By Simon Rocker, September 24, 2009

A large crowd gathered at St John’s Wood Synagogue for a farewell reception for Syma Weinberg, who retired this summer as executive director of the Chief Rabbi’s office after nearly 13 years.

The former Hasmonean Preparatory School deputy head and education consultant to Jewish Continuity is making aliyah with her husband Henry in December.

“It’s been a privilege to have been working in the community for 40 years,” Mrs Weinberg said.


Solomon gets Scots and interfaith roles

By Simon Rocker, September 17, 2009

Rabbi Mark Solomon has left the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood, after nine years to take up a new role as interfaith consultant for Liberal Judaism.

He has also become part-time rabbi of Sukkat Shalom, Edinburgh’s Liberal community, and will take services over the High Holy-Days.

Rabbi Solomon, a trustee of the Interfaith Alliance UK, said that “Jewish-Muslim links are very important these days, but I hope to build links more widely as well”.


Ben Uri gallery loses bid for new London home

September 11, 2009

The Ben Uri art gallery, Anglo-Jewry’s leading art house, has lost out in a bid to move to a new home in the heart of London’s theatreland.

Chairman David Glasser said that while there was “enormous disappointment” that its bid to move the former premises of the Theatre Museum in Russell Street in Covent Garden had failed, an alternative plan would be put into action straightaway that would achieve the same aim.


Israel envoy lauds Christian groups

By James Martin, July 23, 2009

Israeli ambassador to the UK Ron Prosor has thanked Israel’s Christian friends for their “constant support of the state of Israel in difficult times”.

In a unique event at the ambassador’s residence this week, Mr Prosor told more than 50 representatives of British Christian groups: “At a time when our enemies are getting louder in the UK, we truly appreciate the backing from another religious group.”


Gemini committee raised £8,500

May 14, 2009

GEMINI COMMITTEE raised £8,500 for World Jewish Relief’s Gift in Kind programme and a Ukrainian Jewish community centre from a quiz night at St John’s Wood Synagogue. GiK collects new and nearly new goods for vulnerable and deprived communities abroad. WJR last year shipped items worth more than £4 million.


Dignity Committee raises £4,000 for Israeli blindness charity

November 6, 2008

Dignity Committee raised £4,000 for Eliya, an Israeli charity helping blind and visually impaired children, from a quiz night which attracted a 250-strong crowd. Topics covered included music, theatre, sport - and the location of certain Brent Cross retailers.


Successful pre-festivals conference at St John's Wood Synagogue

October 3, 2008

More than 90 communal rabbis and university chaplains attended the pre-festivals conference, organised by the Office of the Chief Rabbi at St John's Wood Synagogue.

A full programme of briefings and working sessions was supplemented by addresses from Sir Jonathan Sacks and Rabbi Shraga Feivel Zimmerman of the Gateshead community and shiurim from London Beth Din dayanim.

Sir Jonathan commented: "This was an outstanding conference, attended by a remarkably impressive group of rabbis, fully committed to lead with inspiration in the coming year."


Charity screening raises £3,000 for Aish

September 19, 2008
A charity screening of the Holocaust drama, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, at the Odeon Swiss Cottage raised £3,000 for Aish. An audience of almost 200 also had the opportunity to question director Mark Herman, co-producer Rosie Allison and Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Eva Neuman. The proceeds will help finance educational trips to Poland by the


Policemen respond to shul’s call

By Jessica Ware, August 8, 2008

Thirty-seven police officers and staff went to shul last week for a day of training in Jewish cultural awareness.

The New London Synagogue, St John's Wood, hosted the event, which Acting Sergeant Dan Finn, St John's Wood's faith liaison officer, said "went very well. Everyone enjoyed it and a few people said how all police officers should attend this training."