Community life

Shul members support boycott call

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

Fifteen Jews from the Leicester area have signed an open letter supporting the city council's decision to boycott products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The signatories, who include seven members of the local Progressive community, acted after the Board of Deputies, in consultation with the Leicester Orthodox and Liberal congregations, wrote to the council opposing the boycott.

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Sacked rabbi is back in the pulpit as dispute rages on

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

The saga of sacked Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation rabbi Binyamin Bar took a new twist this week with the rabbi being allowed to conduct Shabbat services and the shul council issuing a statement giving fuller reasons for his dismissal.

Many among a higher than normal turnout at the Friday-night service lobbied for the minister - who is appealing against his dismissal - to be permitte

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Chabad rabbi is hailed

By Adam Henderson, January 15, 2015

Lubavitch of Scotland held a sefer Torah dedication and concert on Sunday to mark 45 years since Rabbi Chaim Jacobs became Chabad's Glasgow emissary.

Hundreds of guests attended the celebration at the city's historic Garnethill Synagogue, featuring London's Shabbaton Choir and visiting rabbis Lionel Rosenfeld and Danny Bergson.

A video was shown of the work of Chabad in Scotland, which encom

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Shul extension blocked

By Simon Rocker, January 15, 2015

An attempt by one of the United Synagogue's newest communities, Hadley Wood, to extend its premises is being blocked by Enfield Council.

The congregation started as a satellite of Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue in 1990, becoming a fully-fledged US member 10 years ago. Since 2002, congregants have gathered in the ground floor of a house purchased as a meeting place.

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Moving tale of bakery

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2015

A kosher bakery has shut up shop at the north London premises it occupied for close on 50 years.

But Parkway Patisserie - which closed its main Finchley branch last Friday - hopes to be back in business at a nearby site by the end of the week.

Parkway served its first customer the day after Pesach in 1967.

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Reform shuls join forces on day care nursery

By Simon Rocker, January 15, 2015

Two of the biggest Reform communities are co-operating on the launch of a year-round day care centre for babies and young children.

Finchley and North Western Reform (Alyth) Synagogues are due to open the Shofar nursery at Finchley's Sternberg Centre in September.

While both synagogues already have morning kindergartens which run during school term times, Shofar - the first of its type in th

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Ben Uri funded for 100th

January 15, 2015

The St John's Wood-based Ben Uri Gallery is to receive almost £354,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the celebration of its centenary.

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Sweetening charity pot

January 15, 2015

Supporters of Chana, helping Jewish couples with infertility problems, have raised £40,000 by joining friends for a cuppa.

More than 100 "Tea-cember" fundraisers were held in London, Manchester and as far afield as Israel and Australia.

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Swastikas daubed at Liverpool cemetery

January 15, 2015

Swastikas were scratched into the door of the prayer hall of the Jewish section of Liverpool's Springwood cemetery at the weekend - and another was daubed on a south Liverpool bus stop.

The bus stop swastika was quickly removed and Merseyside Jewish Representative Council chair Ian Cohen said on Tuesday that Liverpool City Council, which administers the cemetery, had prioritised the removal of

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Sporting chance

January 15, 2015

Norwood's inclusive sports programme, Change the Game, has been boosted by a £121,000 grant from City of London Corporation charity the City Bridge Trust.

Change the Game offers sporting activities for those with learning disabilities.

The grant will be used to deliver the final stages of the programme, helping participants to pursue sports at an elite level.

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