St John's Wood

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.

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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.

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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.

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Los Desterrados Concert

By bendigamos, May 31, 2010
Time:
Sunday 13 June
7:00pm

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Israel Connect - Brand Israel

By israelconnect, May 28, 2010
Time:
Thursday 10 June
6:30pm - 8:30pm

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JCC On Yer Bike

By JCC, May 26, 2010
Time:
Thursday 13 May
8:45am

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JCC On Yer Bike for Kids

By JCC, May 25, 2010
Time:
Sunday 13 June
11:45am - 2:00pm

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Election result: Westminster North

By Dina Rickman, May 7, 2010

Labour MP Karen Buck has held Westminster North, incorporating St John’s Wood, in a nail-biting contest with Tory Joanne Cash.

During the campaign Ms Buck told the JC that she had always "championed" the causes of Jewish constituents.

Ms Cash, nicknamed a "Cameron cutie", criticised media coverage of her candidacy, which she claimed had "an incredibly powerful" impact on the result. In a recent Channel 4 Dispatches programme, her campaign was said to have received a large amount of money from Conservative Friends of Israel.

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Blossoming painting tribute to Anne Frank

By Robyn Rosen, May 6, 2010

A painting by a St John's Wood artist is to be hung in Anne Frank House on the 50th anniversary of its opening.

Cindy Lass will join Eva Schloss, Anne's step-sister, in Amsterdam to hand over her painting, No Time to Blossom. It depicts the chestnut tree Anne could see from her attic hideaway.

Mrs Lass, who has previously been commissioned by Sir Elton John and George Michael, hoped the painting's message would resonate with future generations. "Everyone has the right to blossom."

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