Community life

Bournemouth shul's search for site hits 'dead end'

January 2, 2015

Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation’s leaders called a special general meeting to discuss the sale of its 110-year-old town centre synagogue and relocation to new premises.

More than 100 members expressed their views about Wootton Gardens having become unsuitable as it requires modernisation, is in the “wrong” neighbourhood and in need of repairs.

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Simcha for Leeds Sinai's platinum anniversary

January 2, 2015

Sinai Synagogue in Leeds hosted the final celebration of its 70th anniversary year with an all-singing all-dancing “Simcha at Sinai” for 100 members and friends.

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Southend pays tribute

By Marilyn Salt , January 2, 2015

Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation hosted a “Tribute to the Memory of Barbara Newman” charity gala concert .

The community stalwart died in November 2013. One of her many activities for the local community included being instrumental in having a large menorah placed on the cliffs in Westcliff every Chanucah for a public lighting.

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Sabra Travel shuts shop but owner remains in the trade

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2014

Sabra Travel in Edgware took its last booking on December 31 after 40 years serving the Jewish community. But owner Sonia Michaels will continue to offer full travel agency services to leisure and corporate clients in association with 2001 Travel in Mill Hill.

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The day Maxim Vengerov played at our synagogue

December 26, 2014

World renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov played a supporting role when he performed at Belsize Square Synagogue in north London last week.

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United Synagogue rabbi ‘failed to show at funeral’

By Sandy Rashty, December 25, 2014

The United Synagogue has apologised to a grieving family after one of its shuls failed to provide a rabbi to oversee both the funeral and stone-setting of a member at Bushey cemetery.

It is investigating why a Pinner Synagogue minister did not officiate at the ceremonies for Samuel Sandler, who had been an active Pinner congregant for 40 years.

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Charitable toy story impresses David Cameron

By Josh Jackman, December 23, 2014

A north London lawyer who founded a charity to distribute toys and books to impoverished children across the world has been honoured by David Cameron.

Shelley Schachter-Cahm, 47, received a Point of Light award — recognising “outstanding volunteers” — for the work of Toy Drop. She established the charity 12 years ago after a “life-changing” visit to the Philippines.

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Volunteer army fills the festive staffing gap

By Naomi Firsht and Rosa Doherty, December 18, 2014

Hundreds of community members are demonstrating the true festive spirit by volunteering over the holiday period.

Jewish Volunteering Network director Leonie Lewis said JVN usually experienced a surge of inquiries in December and this year had been no exception.

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Cardiff launches its 'last opportunity' promotion

By Naomi Firsht, December 18, 2014

Leaders of Cardiff synagogues, youth and welfare bodies have united in an attempt to arrest the community's decline.

Total membership of the city's synagogues has fallen from a peak of 4,000 in the 1960s and 70s to around 500, fairly evenly split between Orthodox and Reform.

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Hasmo head moving on

December 18, 2014

Hasmonean High executive head Rabbi David Meyer is leaving the school to become executive director of Partnerships for Jewish Schools next month.

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