JCC Hang out at the House

By JCC, November 10, 2009
Wednesday 25 November
8:00pm - 9:30pm


Harrow and Northwood may merge

By Wally Leaf, October 1, 2009

Harrow and Wembley Progressive Synagogue is considering closing as an independent synagogue to merge with six-mile distant Northwood and Pinner Liberal shul.

Harrow chairman Adrian Cohen, after a shul council meeting, said: “We’re committed to exploring this.”


Shul wants to share its site with other faiths

By James Martin, July 2, 2009

Harrow and Wembley Progressive Synagogue wants to enter into a shared usage agreement with another faith group, and later sell its 7,000 sq ft premises.

Alan Solomon, the shul’s immediate past chairman, said the 450-member community has decided to “explore the possibility of entering into an arrangement with another faith group for shared usage with a view to an eventual sale sometime in the future”.

The Preston Road property, which is being advertised in Harrow by estate agents Baker Pearce, is valued at £2.5 million and includes half-an-acre of land.


Wembley date for good sports nets UJIA £216,000

By James Martin, June 11, 2009

The sporting stars came out for a dinner quiz at Wembley Stadium which raised £216,000 for UJIA.

Olympic rowing double gold medallist James Cracknell, ITV football pundit Robbie Earle, former England cricketer Chris Cowdrey and steeplechaser Jo Ankier were among the 400 guests.

Host for the evening was ITV Sport presenter Matt Smith, who introduced himself as “the credit crunch’s Jeff Stelling,” a reference to the Sky Sports host and previous compere of the event, now in its 11th year.


Three stars for Edinburgh House

May 14, 2009

EDINBURGH HOUSE, the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Home for the Aged, has been awarded a three-star award of excellence from the Commission for Social Care Inspection for the second successive year. Head of home Christine Gibson praised staff for their dedicated care and support.


Wembley Rabbi celebrates congregation's 80th anniversary in Hong Kong

October 3, 2008

Former Wembley Synagogue minister Rabbi Martin Van den Bergh flew in from Hong Kong to attend the dinner which closed a programme of events marking the congregation's 80th anniversary.

Its Bessie Clapman Hall was filled to its 150 capacity with past and present members. "Although Wembley shul has been written off by many as ‘old and past it', we have proved them very wrong," said Steven Sampson, chair of the volunteers' committee which organised the celebratory programme.


New checks pledged by Kosher food firm after schnitzel poisoning

By Dana Gloger, September 19, 2008

Europe's largest kosher-food manufacturer this week admitted that a chicken schnitzel which made a meals-on-wheels customer ill had been undercooked.

Hermolis said it had now put in place new procedures after Simone Simmons, 52, from Hendon, North-West London, was supplied the schnitzel which she said had made her sick.

Michael Lisser, managing director of the Wembley-based firm, said: "We used to probe [temperature check] one in every three to five schnitzels after cooking a batch to make sure they were hot enough and thoroughly cooked.


A £220k step towards rebuilding Edinburgh House

August 7, 2008

More than £220,000 towards the £1.5 million rebuilding project at Edinburgh House, the Sephardi residential home in Wembley, was raised from a "Spanish and Portuguese Has Got Talent" evening. The winner of the talent competition was Phillip Rose for his performance of Georgia On My Mind. The proceeds included £35,000 from a raffle for a car. Edinburgh House recently received a three-star award for excellence from government inspectors.


Wembley care home wins praise

By Alex Barnes, June 20, 2008

Edinburgh House, the Spanish and Portuguese Jews Home for the Aged, has received a three-star award for excellence after a government inspection.

The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) made an unannounced inspection, which took place over three days. The inspectors concluded that the 51 residents were given an excellent quality of service.


Pupils set high goals

By Craig Silver, June 5, 2008

Shadow Sports Minister Hugh Robertson was impressed by the all-round endeavours of pupils he observed during a visit to an Orthodox boys’ school in Brent.

The Faversham and Mid Kent MP was ostensibly at the Torah Teminah Primary to watch 100 pupils taking part in a weekly skills session run by a Football Association coach under the auspices of the FA Tesco Skills Programme.

He said it was “terrific to see so many boys getting such high quality sports coaching.