Watford

Orthodox outreach groups join in 'positive' message

By Simon Rocker, January 13, 2014

Leading Orthodox outreach groups this week pledged to work more closely in order to promote “positive authentic Judaism” across the community.

Around 150 rabbis and rebbetzins gathered in Watford on Sunday and Monday for the inaugural Aleinu conference organised jointly by Aish, the Jewish Learning Exchange and Project Seed.

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Widdecombe on question time

By Jay Grenby, November 11, 2013

It was just like old times for Ann Widdecombe as the ex-minister was quizzed by a former high-ranking civil servant at a Watford Synagogue event.

Her interrogator was longstanding Watford member Sir Leigh Lewis, who until retirement two years ago was permanent secretary at the Department of Work and Pensions.

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Watford's scroll of honour

By Jay Grenby, April 8, 2013

There was street dancing of a kind not usually seen in Watford as members of the local shul paraded a newly-restored Sefer Torah under the traditional chupah to its new home in the Nascot Road synagogue.

Watford Synagogue’s first Hachnasat Sefer Torah celebration marked the dedication of the scroll in memory of popular congregant Sam Keen, who died in 2011 aged 27 after a long illness.

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It's time for tee in Watford

By Jay Grenby, September 20, 2012

Avid golfers among the Watford Synagogue membership who have been playing together socially on a regular basis have decided to put their sporting relationship on a more formal level by establishing the Wads Golf Society.

The group plays on Sunday mornings at Aldenham Golf Club and other local venues. It would welcome new members, including players who are not members of the shul.

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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.

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Watford synagogue finds play group success

By Jay Grenby, October 27, 2011

Watford Synagogue has found a ready market for its Friday After School Club for the congregation’s four-to-eight-year-olds.

Around 20 children are already signed up to the club. Meetings are held monthly, although the get-togethers may become more frequent if demand dictates. The programme features arts, crafts, games and refreshments, culminating in a Shabbat party.

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Norwood hoping to clean up with car wash

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

The car washing service just off the high street in Hatch End would not strike passers-by as anything out of the ordinary.

Staff are friendly and helpful, prices are competitive and vehicles emerge shiny and spotless.

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Goodman's double joy

By Brian Sacks, July 28, 2011

Richard Goodman scored a double victory in the National Junior League in Bromley. He won the 800m in 1:57.54 and the 1,500m in 4:01.50, both by convincing margins.

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Zinkin and Pack battling for US presidency

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2011

The two United Synagogue vice-presidents will go head to head in an election for the presidency of British Jewry's biggest religious organisation.

Peter Zinkin of Golders Green Synagogue and Stephen Pack of Cockfosters and North Southgate are battling to succeed Simon Hochhauser as president in the July 11 poll.

Whoever wins will be primarily responsible for the selection of the next Chief R

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Guard's attacker is jailed

June 23, 2011

A drunk who called a supermarket security guard a "Jewish c---" before knocking off his kippah has been jailed for 12 months.

Shoplifter Richard Brundritt, 34, attacked James Abrahams when he tried to remove him from a Wilkinson's store in Watford.

Prosecutor Jonathan Dunne told St Albans Crown Court that Brundritt was confronted after staff saw him hide an air freshener.

He said: "He was

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