Putting their shirt on Salasnik

By Jay Grenby, July 29, 2016

A retro Watford football shirt with his name on the back and a letter from David Cameron were among the surprises for Bushey Synagogue's Rabbi Meir Salasnik at a "This is your life" event marking his farewell to the Hertfordshire US congregation.

Almost 700 people packed the Watford Colosseum to celebrate the 37-year contribution of Rabbi Salasnik and his wife Judy.

Speakers included emeritu


Lunchtime learning with a side of lox? Join the club

By Charlotte Oliver, March 5, 2015

It is 1pm on a rainy Thursday and Watford Grammar School for Boys is loud with lunchtime chatter. Pupils hurry to the canteen or head outside the Hertfordshire school to unwind during their busy day.


Put the britin Britain

January 22, 2015

An RE teacher revealed on social media having a job interview in Watford, where she was asked to do a sample lesson on "how Britain would be a different country if it were Jewish". Imagine: smoked salmon would be subsidised, the Queen Vic and Rover's Return would be coffee shops and the Queen would finally visit Israel.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.