Community life

Youth resource focuses on Israel's Arab citizens

August 20, 2015

An online resource on Israel's Arab citizens have been developed by seven British youth movements.

BBYO, Bnei Akiva, FZY, Habonim Dror, LJY-Netzer, Noam and RSY-Netzer worked on the project in collaboration with the UK Task Force, a coalition of 39 communal organisations.

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Cardiff cannot find minister in time for Yomtov

August 20, 2015

Cardiff Reform Synagogue leaders have missed their target of having a rabbi in place for the High Holy-Days.

The congregation has been without a part-time minister since the departure of Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh in February of last year. The intention was for a rabbi to be start work on September 1. But a lengthy search has not borne fruit.

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Brushing up on home interiors in Gateshead

By Julia Weiner, August 20, 2015

Artworks depicting the interiors of Gateshead Jewish homes are the core of a local exhibition by London-based artist Naomi Alexander, showcasing her work over the past 50 years.

Running until October 31, Domesticity is Ms Alexander's second solo exhibition at Shipley Art Gallery.

The previous was Once Upon a Time in Lithuania in 2013, during which she was invited to lead an inter-generationa

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Shul staffer sacked for not being 'part of community'

By Josh Jackman, August 20, 2015

The non-Jewish theatrical director of a Golders Green synagogue has been shocked by his dismissal for not being "a part of the community".

Simon Rawlings - an acting tutor at the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School - worked for the youth drama programme, Academy, for the Alyth Reform congregation for 14 years.

Mr Rawlings said he was informed of the shul's decision by email.

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Silkin moves as Beis Yisrael hits home problem

By Simon Rocker, August 20, 2015

The rabbi of a fledgling Borehamwood community has left the area after less than two years to live in more Orthodox Hendon.

In a farewell letter, Rabbi Shimshon Silkin, who launched Beis Yisrael in September 2013, wrote of the problem of trying to find permanent premises for the new community.

"Despite raising significant funds and two years of intensive searching, we have still come up shor

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Remembering Norwood orphanage

August 13, 2015

A London reunion for former members of the Norwood orphanage attracted 90 participants from around the world, among them 102-year-old Kitty Freud. It was arranged by Norwood Old Scholars Association chair Jack Matthews, who said: “We don’t have reunions very often so it was great to have it with Norwood celebrating this special anniversary [its bicentenary of royal patronage].

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Lottery wins for Hackney

August 13, 2015

Two Hackney welfare programmes have received £10,000 in the latest Big Lottery Fund disbursements. Beis Yaakov Girls’ School will use its money for summer and winter playschemes for children from poor households. CMA will run a breakfast club for “economically disadvantaged” young Jewish males.

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Terror victim’s family backing emergency unit

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

The family of a British rabbi who died in a Jerusalem terrorist attack has launched a campaign to fund emergency facilities for the hospital that treated casualties on the day.

Rabbi Abraham Goldberg, a 68-year-old great-grandfather from Liverpool, was killed in November by two Palestinian terrorists while praying at Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue in Har Nof.

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Dublin gets its man — again

August 13, 2015

Leo Baeck College dean Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh is to help his former community, Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation, fill its current and future ministerial neeeds.

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Rainbow illuminates Leeds shul

August 13, 2015

The Sinai Synagogue in Leeds hosted the Rainbow Jews travelling exhibition, a Lottery-funded project reflecting the Jewish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history from the 1950s to the present day. Guests included Pudsey and Aireborough MP Stuart Andrew, who recalled in his younger years trying to reconcile his Christian faith with his homosexuality.

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