Community life

Brent Cross will stage mass challah-baking

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2014

For one day later this year, Brent Cross shopping centre will become the country’s largest Jewish bakery.

It will be the venue for a mass challah-making event to prepare for Shabbat UK, the national celebration launched by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

The aim is to encourage as many Jews as possible to observe the day of rest over October 24 and 25.

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Glasgow Reform fills its rabbinical gap

By Adam Henderson, June 9, 2014

Kate Briggs has been announced as the new Glasgow Reform Synagogue rabbi.

Having previously served as a student rabbi at the shul, Rabbi Briggs will be taking up the ministerial role on a part-time basis following her ordination from Leo Baeck College.

Glasgow Reform has been without a rabbi since Nancy Morris left in 2012.

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Rabbi to target the 'missing generation'

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2014

The Reform movement has created a new rabbinical post to spearhead its work with young adults — the so-called “missing generation”.

Rabbi Benji Stanley, 31, who has been at West London Synagogue since his ordination at Leo Baeck College last summer, will take on the role from September.

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Rabbi puts his energy into savings

June 9, 2014

A rabbi’s energy company which donates half its profits to Jewish causes has won an industry award for saving customers money.

Former Sale Hebrew Congregation minister Rabbi Motty Broder founded the Affiliated Utilities consultancy in 2009. It now manages £80 million of energy spending annually for domestic and commercial clients nationwide, including Jewish schools and care homes.

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Hendon shul is a crowd-pleaser on opening day

June 9, 2014

Federation of Synagogues Beth Din head Dayan Yisroel Lichtenstein spoke at the formal opening of the premises of the movement’s newest congregation, Nishmas Yisroel in Hendon.

Around 1,000 people visited during the day for davening, kiddush, a brit and lunch.

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King David pupils make a meal of helping out

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 9, 2014

A fundraising drive by Manchester King David pupils has raised enough to provide lunch for a year for 150 impoverished Israeli children.

Year nine pupils in Israel last week as part of the school’s annual visit also helped the Leket charity to distribute some of the food they have sponsored.

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Mirvis goes down great with the Scots

By Adam Henderson, June 2, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis met a wide cross-section of Scottish Jewry on his first official visit to the country.

Rabbi Mirvis kicked-off the three-day programme with a lunch with Edinburgh students and delivered a speech to the Church of Scotland General Assembly before travelling to Glasgow.

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Brighton plaque honours Victorian policeman

By Cecily Woolf, June 2, 2014

A blue plaque has been unveiled by Brighton mayor Brian Fitch to commemorate Henry Solomon, the first chief officer of Brighton Borough Police and the only one to have died on duty.

Mr Solomon was appointed in 1838 and commanded 31 officers for six years but he was attacked with a poker in his office by a petty thief, John Lawrence, on March 13, 1844, and died a day later of his wounds.

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Mirvis welcomes modern app-roach to learning

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2014

Jewish education must not be forced down children’s throats, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis told Jewish Interactive supporters at the charity’s annual dinner.

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Wizo send £1.7m to Israel

June 2, 2014

Wizo UK sent £1.7 million to Israel in the the past year in support of 100 projects aiding vulnerable families and children, the organisation reported to its annual general meeting.

New Board of Deputies chief executive Gillian Merron was guest speaker at the event, discussing her background and the moments which shaped her career.

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