St John's Wood

B’nai B’rith European Days of Jewish Culture & Heritage

By the pr office, August 19, 2010
Wednesday 4 August


Vanessa Feltz's wild party upsets neighbours

By Jennifer Lipman, August 13, 2010

Vanessa Feltz has landed herself in trouble with her neighbours after a noisy party at her north west London home.

The presenter, 48, hosted an event to celebrate her daughter Allegra’s engagement to a French lawyer.

But the party, which went on until after 4am in a garden marquee, attracted complaints from 12 neighbours.

A court has now instructed that Ms Feltz pay £3,000 for breaching council noise levels.


The Liberal Jewish Synagogue

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28 St John's Wood Road, St John's Wood, NW8 7HA, 020 7286 5181

New rabbi for Liberal Jewish Synagogue

July 22, 2010

Rabbi David Wilfond will bring global ministerial experience to the team at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood.

He joins senior rabbi Alexandra Wright next month at the start of the countdown to the congregation's centenary celebrations in 2011.

A rabbi for 14 years, he has served communities in Kiev and Boston. Most recently, he has been with the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, where he was director of admissions and rabbi of the Murstein Synagogue.


'Distress' over Lady J absentees

By Robyn Rosen, July 15, 2010

United Synagogue president Simon Hochhauser has bemoaned the large number of "no shows" at a US-organised memorial tribute to Lady Jakobovits.

Athough almost 1,000 people turned out for the event at St John's Wood Synagogue last month, 400 people booked tickets but did not attend.

At Monday's US council meeting, Edgware representative Silvia Hartman said: "The evening was well done but I was absolutely and totally distressed at the amount of people that were not there.

"The community was not properly informed. It was a throwaway line in our own shul and we're a huge community."


Saatchi synagogue picks new rabbi

By Robyn Rosen, June 24, 2010

The small independent Saatchi Synagogue in St John's Wood is looking to a young American Lubavitch rabbi to oversee its development.

Rabbi Mendel Cohen, 27, and his wife Chai have moved from Seattle after responding to a JC advert and taking part in a selection weekend at the 70-member congregation.

Selection committee member Michael Herman said: "We hope the new rabbi will build more of a community and introduce non-social activities like teaching."


Critics speak out over St John's Wood eruv

By Robyn Rosen, June 24, 2010

St John's Wood residents have voiced opposition to a planned eruv and its potential consequences for local diversity at a church meeting organised by a religious leaders' group.

The North Westminster Eruv committee plans to submit an application to Westminster Council at the end of the summer for the erection of 38 poles extending to Boundary Road in the north, Avenue Road in the east, Regent's Canal in the south and Shirland Road in the west.


Chrysler named Young Cantor of the Year

June 24, 2010

Twenty-year-old Didi Chrysler prevailed in a northern battle to be crowned Young Cantor of the Year at St John's Wood Synagogue on Monday night.

The Jerusalem-based Mancunian saw off the challenge of Southport Hebrew Congregation's Yossi Saunders, 21, and Charles Chait, 21, from Liverpool's Childwall Synagogue. A fourth finalist, Levi Coleman from Stamford Hill, was unable to compete because of work commitments at a Beverly Hills hotel.

Mr Chrysler's prize is a scholarship to the prestigious Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute, under the leadership of Cantor Naftali Herstik.


Sephardic community for St John's Wood

By Robyn Rosen, June 17, 2010

A Sephardi community has moved into St John's Wood Synagogue.

Anshei Shalom was set up seven years ago with eight families in temporary accommodation.

It has now grown to over 130 members.

Chair Robert Hayam said: "We started off in people's homes and then moved to a room in a hotel. We decided we needed a more permanent base, somewhere which gives us an infrastructure.


Los Desterrados Concert

By bendigamos, May 31, 2010
Sunday 13 June