St John's Wood

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 7, 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."


Farewell party held for nursery headmistress Sylvia Wolf

July 22, 2008

A farewell party was held at St John's Wood Synagogue for Sylvia Wolf, who has served the nursery for 33 years, 18 as headmistress. Parents of pupils old and new saw her presented with a goodbye cake and gifts including a certificate for a cluster of trees in Israel.


Rabbi Gordon evokes the spirit of Louis Jacobs at his induction

By Simon Rocker, May 22, 2008

Rabbi Jeremy Gordon was on Sunday inducted as the spiritual leader of the New London Synagogue, the St John’s Wood congregation founded by the late Rabbi Louis Jacobs.

Newly installed Westminster Lord Mayor Louise Hyams was among the guests celebrating the arrival of Rabbi Gordon, who grew up in the community and had previously led St Albans Masorti Synagogue.


Movements are united in thanksgiving

By Simon Rocker, May 16, 2008

British Jewry’s celebrations of Israel’s 60th anniversary entered a second week with a service of thanksgiving in London on Sunday hosted by five Reform, Liberal and Masorti congregations.

The venue was the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood, whose walls of Jerusalem stone were a concrete sign of the links that have grown between the once anti-Zionist Liberals and the Jewish state.

LJS came together with the West London, Belsize Square, Westminster and New London synagogues to sponsor the event, along with the Reform and Liberal movements.