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Southend Friends of Israel launches

March 10, 2016

The Southend Friends of Israel has held its inaugural meeting.

Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation member Peter Baum said: "The newly formed group`s objectives are to promote goodwill and harmony among all faiths regarding Israel through a process of education and understanding and interfaith dialogue, working together in peace and harmony."


Web wonder in Southend

By Cathy Forman, February 17, 2016

To mark its 110th anniversary, Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation has launched a new website ( Designed by a team of congregants the website has a site map, information about Shabbat and daily services, links to forthcoming celebrations, cheder details, and a listing of local Jewish groups.


Shabbaton success in Southend

February 4, 2016

Close to 40 youngsters took part in Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation's mini-Shabbaton weekend. The JLGB-organised activities included a weekend of learning, inspiration, and Shabbat-friendly fun. Many of the youths participated in the shul service for the 100 worshippers; there was also a children`s service and youth discussion group.


Chanucah lights up in Southend

December 22, 2015

Chanucah celebrations in Southend attracted hundreds of people. There was standing room only at the Cliffs Pavilion in Westcliff for the nightly lighting of the public menorah. The first night's lighting was dedicated to the memory of the late Barbara Newman whose inspiration led to the town's community establishing the annual public lighting of a giant menorah 12 years ago.


Mitzvah day: Cooking up new ways to help those in need

November 26, 2015

As the teenager who was too busy to be bothered to cook and learn the "family food secrets" from my mum, I now love nothing more than being in the Alyth kitchen with a group of fabulous volunteers who chop, fry, mix and simply come together to cook on Mitzvah Day.


Open gesture at Whetstone synagogue

November 24, 2015

As part of its commitment to strengthen good interfaith relations in the wider community Sha’arei Tsedek Reform has set up a programme of projects with close neighbours, All Saints Friern Barnet and Palmers Green Mosque, as well as many other local and national charities, organisations and groups.


Southend Aid Society's diamond celebrations

November 24, 2015

A diamond jubilee tea party was held to mark the anniversary of the Southend and District Aid Society.


Borehamwood shul thinks pink

November 17, 2015

A Shabbat service at Ohr Yisrael shul in Borehamwood was a sea of pink. The event, Pink Shabbat, organised by Elise Cirsch, Emma Coleman and Jonathan Rose, invited the community to "turn pink" for one Shabbat, while the shul used pink tableware, challot and Shabbat flowers. The entire community dressed in at least one item of pink to mark the occasion, raising awareness of Breast Cancer.


Kingston honours war heroes

November 11, 2015

Ninety-five-year-old Harold Shattock, a member of Ajex, read the memorial prayer at KIngston Synagogue's Shabbat civic service. The shul's cheder children contributed their thoughts about the sacrifices made by the soldiers of the two world wars.