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


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


It's good news worth sharing

By Jay Grenby, May 12, 2011

Northwood, Pinner, Ruislip and Watford combined for a "Good News from Israel" event hosted by Northwood United Synagogue.


Moves to settle Radlett rabbi's claim

April 7, 2011

Former Radlett Synagogue minister Rabbi Ariel Abel is moving towards an out-of-court settlement of a constructive dismissal claim against the United Synagogue.

A pre-hearing review at Watford Employment Tribunal on Monday was postponed as the parties worked towards agreement. The rabbi and the US both said they could not comment at this stage.


Tribe fills Watford leadership gap with youth appointment

March 10, 2011

Watford Synagogue has appointed its first youth leader with funding support from Tribe, the United Synagogue's youth arm.

Aaron Rosenberg, 20, will be working part-time, leading activities for the post bar/batmitzvah age group while completing his psychology degree at the University of London's Queen Mary College.


Watford has big aims for its small cheder

By Jay Grenby, February 3, 2011

In its small-scale way, Watford Synagogue is bucking the trend of falling numbers at shul chederim.

Cheder leader and community rebbetzin Rochel Levine says the nine pupils will be joined by four new recruits in September.

"But this is just the beginning. Considering that when my husband [Rabbi Ephraim Levine] and I arrived here four years ago there was no cheder at all, we are obviously going in the right direction.


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An iron willed workforce

November 25, 2010

Members of Harrow Reform congregations Middlesex New and Kol Chai went into the wash enhancement industry, ironing a huge pile of clothes in return for donations to homeless charity the Watford New Hope Trust.

Shul ministers rabbis Kathleen de Magtige-Middleton and Michael Hilton were among the ironing team.

Members also cleared undergrowth under Stanmore Common, along with Harrow and Wembley Progressive congregants and pupils from two Hindu schools.

The clean-up was arranged under the aegis of Harrow Nature Conservation Forum.


Jewish Eastenders star orc slays his way to Hobbit film

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2010

British Jewish actor Robert Kazinsky is on his way to Middle Earth.

Mr Kazinsky, better known to Eastenders fans as Sean Slater, has been named as one of the cast members for the upcoming film of The Hobbit.

Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has signed up Mr Kazinsky for two films based on the classic J.R.R. Tolkien novel.

While the other films were made in New Zealand, the prequels are to be shot at a film studio in Watford.


Political business

By Jay Grenby, August 12, 2010

A talk by Watford's new Tory MP Richard Harrington attracted almost four dozen people to a Watford Jewish Business Club meeting.

After an introduction by Rabbi Ephraim Levine of Watford Synagogue, where Mr Harrington is a member, the MP spoke on how being Jewish had impacted on his business and political life.

The meeting was organised by Shimon Shaw, one of a number of Jewish personnel at the Watford branch of the leading law firm that hosts the club's get-togethers every other month.

He said the the formula of business networking and prominent speakers had proven popular.