Record-setting Countdown star not lost for words

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2011

A Stanmore student has reached the finals of Channel 4's word challenge Countdown after a record-equalling stint on the programme.

Adam Gillard, 21, won the maximum eight successive games, earning him a place in the finals in June. He is only the sixth contestant in the show's 30-year history to exceed 900 points and record at least 100 in each appearance.

The Hasmonean old boy is studying for a master's in speech, language and cognition at UCL, having gained a first in linguistics.


Anthony Horowitz to write new Sherlock Holmes story

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2011

A Jewish author is to write the first new Sherlock Holmes story in almost a century.

Anthony Horowitz has been chosen by author Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate to write what will be the fifth full-length book about the brilliant and idiosyncratic detective.

Mr Horowitz, originally from Stanmore, is best known for the bestselling children’s action-adventure series Alex Rider. But his book about life at 221b Baker Street will be aimed at adults.


Good things come in fives for Stanmore

By Jessica Elgot, November 25, 2010

More than 400 Stanmore Synagogue members collected clothes and books and made Chanucah cards in support of five charities.

Volunteers filled 35 sacks of winter clothing and knitted blankets for World Jewish Relief, donated books to the British Heart Foundation and made 180 Chanucah cards for Emunah. A large van of shopping was sent to Watford New Hope Trust for the homeless and the synagogue also collected books, DVDs and chocolate for soldiers in Afghanistan.


Expanded Stanmore eruv plan is approved

By Robyn Rosen, November 25, 2010

An application for an expanded Stanmore eruv has been approved by Harrow Council.

The original application was passed by the council in June of last year but the eruv committee decided to extend the north and south boundaries.

Additional streets include Hilltop Way, Fallowfield, Aylmer Close, Little Common, Abercorn Road, Belmont Lane, Oak Tree Close, Acorn Close, Golf Close, Courtens Mews and Wolverton Road. It will cover Stanmore Synagogue and some small minyanim and will border the Edgware eruv.


Sephardi minyan has popular launch

By Jay Grenby, November 18, 2010

A first monthly Shabbat service for a Sephardi minyan at Stanmore Synagogue attracted a congregation of close on 50 men and boys. The majority were Sephardim, with a sprinkling of "curious and enthusiastically engaged Ashkenazi members", reported Nissan Moradoff, the driving force behind the venture.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.