Ariella, 12, scores a home win

By Zoe Winograd, August 26, 2013

Twelve-year-old Ariella Raz from Stanmore “exceeded her expectations” in recording a 98 per cent score in her AS level maths exam.


Belated batmitzvah celebrations in Stanmore

June 17, 2013

Thirty-two women aged from late-30s to 70-plus have completed Stanmore Synagogue’s first “Batmitzvah Two” programme, spearheaded by rebbetzen Aviva Landau.

Most of the participants in the comprehensive six-week course had felt a sense of loss at not having had a batmitzvah in their youth.


Paige Linden wins Rotary Club prize for lamp

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2012

A Stanmore schoolgirl looks set for a bright future after her prototype for a flat-pack lamp took first prize in a young inventor contest.

South Hampstead High pupil Paige Linden was a category winner in a Rotary Clubs competition. The 15-year-old — who hopes to study engineering when she leaves school — intends to use the £80 prize to patent her idea.


House-warming for Stanmore agent

By Charlie Jacoby, March 15, 2012

Harrow East MP Bob Blackman has opened Stanmore estate agent Preston Bennett's newly refurbished offices. More than 200 guests came to the relaunch party. Mr Blackman told guests that Preston Bennett has "had a long association with the property market - for over 50 years - and a reputation that is the envy of many.


Judge tells stalker to sort life out

By Alison Denton, March 1, 2012

Estate agent David Bloom was told by a judge that he had "disgraced himself" after embarking on a campaign of harassment against his former girlfriend.

Bloom, 39, of Stanmore, Middlesex, could not accept the end of his relationship with Amanda Freeman and stalked her and sent her text messages.

Last Friday, Judge John Plumstead, sitting at St Albans Crown Court, issued a three-year community


Stanmore eruv ready

December 1, 2011

The Stanmore eruv has been completed and will be operational on Shabbat, "subject to the final regular check of the week" by the community's shomrim.


London synagogue initiatives attract the votes of politicians

November 24, 2011

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone joined Muswell Hill teenagers clearing litter from Cherry Tree Wood as part of a Mitzvah Day venture. The Hornsey and Wood Green MP said she "really enjoyed the good clear up, with some spring bulb planting to top it off. I am always excited to join the local synagogue for this wonderful day of community action.


Shana Tova - give blood

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

The NHS has launched a Rosh Hashanah campaign to encourage community members to give blood.

Large posters with the Shana Tova greeting have been hung in prominent sites in Edgware, Mill Hill, Stanmore, Golders Green and Elstree.


Stanmore women meet in shul at last

By Simon Rocker, September 15, 2011

An Orthodox women's prayer group will congregate for the first time on synagogue premises this Saturday after having to meet elsewhere for 18 years.

The Stanmore Women's Tefilah Group - now known as Women's Learning Experience - was banned from holding women-only Shabbat services in the synagogue by Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

Stanmore Synagogue vice-chair Jackie Rudolph said they could now meet


Rabbi urges a bolder approach

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

One of Britain's most senior Orthodox ministers has called for bolder leadership, saying that too many rabbis are seen as "unworldly and uneducated".

Rabbi Dr Jeffrey Cohen's comments were made in a hard-hitting sermon at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue on Shabbat.

The former Stanmore minister cited a talmudic story connecting the destruction of the Temple to the failure of rabbis in Roman