US taken to tribunal

By Leon Symons, October 15, 2009

The former director of education for the United Synagogue’s Agency for Jewish Education is taking the US to an employment tribunal.

Jeffrey Leader was one of a number of people made redundant at the beginning of the year in what the US dubbed a “reorganisation” of what had been regarded as its flagship education body.

The AJE had won plaudits from the highest echelons of government for its teacher-training programmes.


Twiggy: My Jewish family connections

By Robyn Rosen, September 17, 2009

Twiggy has spoken about her Jewish family — and her desire to visit Israel.

Before addressing a packed World Jewish Relief women’s lunch in Watford on Tuesday, the fashion icon and actress revealed that her maternal grandfather, who died when she was three, was Jewish. Her actor husband Leigh Lawson — who accompanied her to the lunch — is also halachically Jewish and they had hired a genealogist to discover more about their families.


Hulks make an incredible splash

By Robyn Rosen, September 10, 2009

An investment banker made a splash at the weekend by going out in green body paint and ripped clothes to row 22 miles for charity dressed as the Incredible Hulk.

Dan Shooter, 30, steered his team to a respectable showing in the Great River Race from London Docklands to Ham in Richmond, finishing in two hours 42 minutes.

Mr Shooter, who had rowed only once before, was joined by former Watford Grammar School pals Anthony Flaum and Alec Parkinson and eight friends from his Nottingham University days.


Watford is big business

By Jay Grenby, July 9, 2009

Lubavitch rabbi Yaron Jacobs discussed the art of leadership to launch the Watford Jewish Business Club. Organiser Shimon Shaw was delighted with a turnout of almost 40, reporting “positive feedback. People connected very well and I saw lots of business cards passing from hand to hand.”

Although Watford might not seem an obvious location for Jewish business types, Mr Shaw is convinced the monthly “lunch and learn” sessions will draw support from larger communities such as Radlett, Bushey, Borehamwood and Edgware.


Watford Synagogue hall crammed for community's annual quiz supper

October 30, 2008

Watford Synagogue hall was crammed with nearly 90 enthusiasts attending the community's annual quiz supper on Sunday. The event, organised by Watford member Alan Fisher and his wife, Cheryl, raised around £1,500, which will go towards funding much-needed building work at the synagogue.


400 Guests at the annual tea of the Association of Jewish Refugees

October 3, 2008

Around 400 guests attended the annual tea of the Association of Jewish Refugees, held at the Watford Hilton.

As well as a traditional continental tea, there were arias, duets and ensemble-playing from the Garden Party. In his welcoming remarks, AJR chairman Andrew Kaufman said the event was the highlight of the association's calendar.

"Occasions like today illustrate the rich legacy of the refugees from across Europe and serve as a timely reminder of the remarkable community of people the AJR represents."


Watford synagogue's fund-raiser a write sucess

September 19, 2008

Graphologist AllanConway proved a shrewd judge of character when pinpointing personality traits of guests at a Watford Synagogue fundraiser after examining a sample of their handwriting. Among the volunteers was minister Rabbi Ephraim Levine. Mr Conway claimed that, based on his handwriting, the rabbi was "a very capable man with a keen intelligence who likes to be the boss". The event raised £250.


Shul splits annual barbecue proceeds with Galil children's home

August 7, 2008

A children's home in the Galil will share with Watford Synagogue the £625 raised from the shul's fourth annual barbecue. Sixty members attended and chairman Brian Levy had the winning ticket in the raffle for a meal for two at the Aviv restaurant in Edgware. Mr Levy returned the prize, only for his wife Esther's ticket to be the next one drawn.


Hilton manager new synagogue chairman

June 5, 2008

Watford Hilton general manager Brian Levy is the new chairman of Watford and District Synagogue. Mr Levy and his wife Esther joined the “small and friendly community” in 2001 and have been active in management and fundraising roles. Describing the congregation as “one of Hertfordshire’s best-kept secrets”, Mr Levy said his goal was to “raise our profile and encourage new members”.


Sponsored walk marks Wizo's 90th

May 15, 2008

Sponsored walks to mark Wizo’s 90th anniversary raised £4,000 for the charity’s social services and educational projects in Israel. Sixty-five people walked on Sunday at Cassiobury Park, Watford, and nine other supporters had their own walk in Essex. Further walks are planned for the regions.