£10,000 fine after ‘around 150’ attend event at Jewish school

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

£10,000 fine after ‘around 150’ attend event at Jewish school

Organisers of remembrance service at Hitchin Yeshiva in Hertfordshire slapped with hefty bill.

Image: stock
Image: stock

The organisers of a remembrance event at a Jewish school in Hertfordshire have been handed a £10,000 fine after around 150 people showed up.

Officers attended the Hitchin Yeshiva school in a village near to Hitchin in North Hertfordshire on Saturday and found a “large group” had gathered for the service.

Only six people are legally permitted at a wake, and only up to 30 at a funeral. But police discovered that approximately 150 had attended the school during the day in defiance of coronavirus rules.

Chief Inspector Jon Roche, of North Hertfordshire police, said he sympathised with those grieving but that the rules were in place to stop coronavirus.

“The lockdown rules are clear and we all have a moral duty to play our part and help save lives,” he said.

“Breaching the regulations sets us all back and is the wrong thing to do when so many others have made sacrifices. The £10,000 fine should act as a real deterrent – we will act and fine those who are blatantly flouting the law.”

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: