Community life

Liberals decide on a new name

By Jay Grenby, January 8, 2015

The North Herts Liberal Jewish Community has voted to change its name to Stevenage Liberal Synagogue, reflecting its principal base and growing profile in the area.

Established four years ago by local residents who met informally for occasional services in their homes, membership has grown to around 50, with twice-monthly services in local community centres and regular social activities.


Top rabbi to make UK tour

By Simon Rocker, January 8, 2015

One of Israel's most high-profile modern Orthodox rabbis will undertake a speaking tour next month organised by the new UK branch of an Israeli education organisation.

Rabbi David Stav - a candidate last year for Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi - will be brought here by Lavi Olami, founded three years ago to broaden the appeal of religious Zionism and to offer a fresh perspective on Israel.


Photographic memories of LJCC volunteer

January 8, 2015

Sir Nicholas Hytner, Grayson Perry, Howard Jacobson, Zoe Wanamaker and Lord Bragg are among celebrity London Jewish Cultural Centre speakers captured on camera by Adrian Dell since LJCC moved to Ivy House in 2005.

To mark the 10-year anniversary, some of Dr Dell's favourite portraits will be exhibited from next Monday in the café of the Golders Green centre.

Dr Dell honed his picture-taking


Volunteer army serves up some festive magic

By Rosa Doherty, January 2, 2015

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

Jewish Volunteering Network director Leonie Lewis said they had their busiest year matching volunteers both young and old up to worthy causes.

The Green family, who were matched up with Lambeth-based charity People Care At Christmas, helped out by providing lunch for 350 elderly people.


Lottery aid in Lancaster

By pat lidiker, January 2, 2015

Lancaster and Lakes Jewish Community has received a £10,000 Lottery award for events during January commemorating the Holocaust.

In the weeks leading up to January 27, planned events by a steering group — which includes representatives from the Jewish community and other faith groups — will include educational visits to schools and an arts exhibition at the Dukes Theatre.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.