Community life

Weizmann is one in a million

July 14, 2014

Some of the best known names in Anglo-Jewry were represented at Weizmann UK's gala dinner, celebrating long-term British support for Israeli scientific advancement.

Representatives of the Sieff, Clore Duffield, Rothschild and Wolfson families were among 300 guests at the event, held at the Science Museum in Kensington, which raised over £1.1 million.

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St Albans finally gets its man after a 50-year wait

By Jay Grenby, July 14, 2014

St Albans United Synagogue is ready to welcome its first rabbi and rebbetzin for more than 50 years, following members' unanimous approval of the appointment of Rabbi Daniel Sturgess and his wife Alli.

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Landaus are relishing the good life in Kingston

By Jay Grenby, July 14, 2014

As Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue is the full title of Kingston's United congregation, Surbiton-set self-sufficiency sitcom The Good Life was an apt theme for the induction of Rabbi Samuel and Shoshana Landau, who have a joint leadership role.

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Cardiff builds on goodwill

July 14, 2014

The prayer houses of Cardiff United Synagogue's two cemeteries will be renovated using the proceeds from a celebrity dinner at which actress Ruth Madoc was guest speaker. A brochure, raffle and auction contributed to the £70,000 raised.

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Envoy draws the crowds

July 14, 2014

Israel Ambassador Daniel Taub addressed a joint event held by the South London Israel Forum and Sutton and District Synagogue which attracted people from the area's United, Liberal and Reform communities, as well as Nightingale House residents.

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Maccabi honours high flyers

July 14, 2014

A graduation seminar in Kent for 65 young leaders was the culmination of a 12-month Streetwise training programme facilitated by Maccabi GB.

The programme was geared to developing sport and general leadership skills and participants also explored their Jewish identity and relationship with Israel.

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Scots try the rugby rabbi

By Adam Henderson, July 14, 2014

A former schoolboy rugby star will fill a Glasgow ministerial gap over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Newton Mearns Synagogue will be bringing in Rabbi Yitzchak Greenblatt, 33, formerly known as Jared Greenblatt. Born in South Africa, he grew up in England, which he represented at under-18 level before making aliyah and studying at yeshivah in Jerusalem.

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Sam Cam praises work of UK Anne Frank charity

By Barry Toberman, July 10, 2014

In the week before Anne Frank Trust UK leaders present their submission to the Prime Minister's Holocaust Commission, the trust was praised as an "amazing charity" by Samantha Cameron at a 10 Downing Street reception.

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Tour de France caterers

July 3, 2014

The Chabad Jewish Community Centre in Buckhurst Hill is geared up to catering for the crowds who will be gathered outside its premises when the Tour de France riders pass on Monday.

Kosher food and cold drinks will be on sale with the proceeds going to charity. There will also be indoor seating. It's viewed as "a great opportunity for Chabad to showcase the centre and its work".

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Shul and mosque in dialogue

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

Brondesbury Park Synagogue members shared details of Jewish life in an exchange programme with Muslims from a neighbouring mosque.

The shul-goers were told how the Imam Khoei Centre in north-west London had been converted into a mosque in the 1980s after being used for synagogue services a decade earlier.

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