St John's Wood

Volunteer of the week: Ruth Hollander

November 19, 2009

The 90-year-old was a Marks and Spencer staff manageress for 10 years before working in the family business until retirement. She began volunteering in 1982, when she joined the JBCS, she has volunteered with All Board for 20 years, and at the former B’nai B’rith Stepney Settlement, which is now under the auspices of Jewish Care, since 1990. She has also helped Yaffa Amit, the director of senior care and activities at St John’s Wood Synagogue, for the past 10 years.

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New girls' primary planned for north London

By Robyn Rosen, October 22, 2009

Strictly Orthodox parents who have been unable to find acceptable school places for their children have joined forces to create a new religious primary school for girls in north London.

Over 40 people attended a meeting last week to discuss plans for the Bnos Beis Yaakov School. Educational phil-anthropist Benjamin Perl will be the patron and honorary president and St John’s Wood Synagogue leader Richard Harounoff will chair the project.

The committee is searching for premises, preferably in Golders Green, Hendon or Finchley, and hope to open next September.

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Liberal elected

October 15, 2009

Senior civil servant Lucian Hudson has been elected as the new chairman of Liberal Judaism. The Liberal Jewish Synagogue St John’s Wood congregant succeeds Nigel Cole, who has stepped down after five years.

Mr Hudson, 49, is a consultant to government and voluntary bodies and has experience as a television executive and journalist.

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Geoffrey Vos is appointed as a High Court judge

October 14, 2009

Geoffrey Vos, the former chairman of the Bar Council, has been appointed as a High Court judge.

Mr Vos, 54, who also chairs the Social Mobility Foundation, said: “I am very much looking forward to taking up my appointment to the Chancery Bench.”

The head of chambers at 3 Stone Buildings for 11 years until spring this year, he was also appointed an Appeal Court judge for the Cayman Islands at the end of last year.

He is a member of both the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood and also the Herefordshire Jewish community.

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Israeli Supernatural Entertainer - Direct from Las Vegas

By israelconnect, October 6, 2009
Time:
Monday 19 October
7:00pm - 9:30pm

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Open Day

By St Johns Wood Library, September 29, 2009
Time:
Saturday 10 October
8:30am - 4:00pm

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.”

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