Stanmore

Walking tubes and rugelach on the go

By Jennifer Lipman, November 5, 2010

London is either a student's dream or nightmare. On the one hand, there are world-class academic institutions and bars and clubs for every taste. On the other, you have to get the tube to class and rents can be astronomical.

As second-year Queen Mary University student Danni Godsi puts it, "it really depends on the type of person".

The city's Jewish student body is thought to number around 2,000, but the true figure is probably higher, as not everyone signs up for JSoc. Around 30 universities are covered by UJS, with at least 20 JSocs in the capital.

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Singing star goes back home to Stanmore

By Jay Grenby, October 21, 2010

Young chazan Jonny Turgel is leaving Edgware Synagogue after four years to join the Stanmore United congregation.

Although only in his mid-20s, Mr Turgel has acquired an international reputation as a chazan. Stanmore chair Philip Hertz reported that when he announced the appointment at the end of the Shabbat morning service, "there was a collective gasp, followed by a burst of rapturous applause. I've never experienced anything like it.

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No need to make a scene

By Charlie Jacoby, October 7, 2010

It's like a tragedy that's been running in the West End for the past two years. Day after day our heroine, the property market, dies in dramatic fashion for an open-mouthed audience. Her performance is front-page news. Yet the following day she turns up for work at the theatre to go through it all over again.

Latest rumours of the death of the property market are as exaggerated as ever, says Trevor Abrahmsohn of north London agent Glentree. "Sales of new-build properties have been very active over the year and have only started to calm down during the summer holiday season.

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Stanmore banker turned poker player wins big

By Jennifer Lipman, September 29, 2010

A Jewish poker player has won almost £1 million at a world tournament in London.

James Bord, from Stanmore, north-west London, picked up £836,000 at the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe championship to become the first British Main Event champion.

He won first prize, beating a player from Monte Carlo in a closely fought game, and was awarded a gold bracelet to mark his success.

Mr Bord, 29, who entered the contest for the second time, is a regular on the WSOP circuit and finished in sixth place at a competition in Las Vegas earlier in 2010.

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Gap year Brits show solidarity with Shalits

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2010

A group of British teenagers have visited the parents of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Bnei Akiva gap year participants, who arrived in Israel earlier this month, met Noam and Aviva Shalit at their protest tent in Jerusalem and presented them with flag signed by all members of the group.

The Shalits have been camped outside Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu’s residence since July to draw attention to their son’s plight.

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Norwood's £100k Rosh Hashanah target

September 16, 2010

A 33-year-old man with learning disabilities has been the focus of Norwood's New Year appeal, which has a £100,000 target.

Through the charity's support, Ben Silver has acquired new skills which are helping him to lead a more independent life.

Mr Silver struggles to communicate and has difficulty understanding social boundaries. He lives in Norwood accommodation in Stanmore and enjoys music therapy sessions, fitness and dance classes and Jewish cultural workshops. He works at The Deli at Norwood's Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon.

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Help for New Year services

By Jay Grenby, September 7, 2010

United Synagogue chiefs have recruited some experienced festival stand-ins for congregations with pulpit vacancies.

Following the departure of Rabbi Reuven Livingstone, Hampstead Garden Suburb services will be led by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen, formerly at Stanmore and one-time HGS assistant minister.

Rabbi Cohen has been serving as consultant minister while the community searches for Rabbi Livingstone's replacement. He will be assisted by the congregation's community director, Rabbi Anthony Knop, and Aish's Rabbi Daniel Rowe.

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Jewish athletes win big at UK meeting

By Brian Sacks, August 19, 2010

Two Jewish athletes performed with distinction at the Diamond League event at Crystal Palace. In the top UK meeting of the year, Richard Goodman of Stanmore won the Under 20 3,000m while Jillian Schwartz of Israel came second in the pole vault.

Competing against older and faster runners, Goodman, 17, did not start his race as favourite. A hamstring injury two weeks beforehand had restricted his preparation to strength work in the gym and two speed sessions in the week before the race.

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Village for Stanmore

By Charlie Jacoby, May 6, 2010

Stanmore Place, a development by St Edward Homes in Honeypot Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex has seen 60 per cent sold of its first phase. This collection of new-build homes will ultimately include nearly 800 apartments and houses, in an area lacking quality new-build homes.

The first-released high-specification one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments have proved extremely popular with local buyers and are available through new homes specialist Preston Bennett.

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Key to a buoyant market

By Charlie Jacoby, April 28, 2010

For those who dread joining a fitness club or gym, a home with a swimming pool can prove an attractive choice. Swimming remains the country's most popular participation sport, with more than 3 million people regularly plunging into the pool, according to the Amateur Swimming Association. And with global temperatures continuing to rise, a home with a pool could also be a wise investment.

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