Community life

Backing Glasgow

By Adam Henderson, June 19, 2014

Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson has pledged JLC's support for Glasgow Jewry.

Addressing the AGM of the city's Jewish representative council, which is celebrating its centenary, Mr Johnson said the JLC was keen to do more to assist Glasgow. "We encourage you to think collaboratively and we will support you financially.

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Pack stays US leader

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2014

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack is set for a second three-year term of office after being unopposed in next month's election.

Mr Pack, 64, a member of Hadley Wood Synagogue, said the US had "a new chief rabbi, a new chief executive and we're going to have a new strategic plan.

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Hendon school forced to end priority admissions

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2014

Another Jewish primary school has been forced to change its entry rules after being told it can no longer give priority for reception class places to children in its nursery.

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Jewish Care's record £4.4m meal

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2014

Jewish Care raised a record-breaking £4.4 million at its annual dinner at Grosvenor House on Monday.
In the week after charity chairman Steven Lewis accused British Jews of becoming more "materialistic and selfish", more than 1,000 guests at the central London venue demonstrated their support for the community's largest welfare organisation.

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Lounging in Brum

June 9, 2014

More than 100 people attended the opening of the Vanessa Rose Youth and Community Lounge at Birmingham Central Synagogue.

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Scrolls returned after 132 years

By pat lidiker, June 9, 2014

An historic sefer Torah kept in a Cornwall museum for well over a century has been returned to the Jewish community.

Having been held in Truro’s Royal Cornwall Museum since Falmouth Synagogue closed in 1882, the scroll was restored by scribe Bernard Benarroch and handed back to the Kehillat Kernow community’s chairman, Harvey Kurzfield, by the Duke of Gloucester on behalf of the museum.

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Vandalising eruv? No, we were just measuring poles

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 9, 2014

Two Orthodox men suspected of vandalising the Manchester eruv were actually measuring it.

Security guards at Heaton Park, Prestwich, observing the northern-most part of the boundary reported seeing the men apparently tampering with eruv poles.

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Praise for Lubavitch primary

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2014

The Lubavitch Boys’ Primary School in Stamford Hill has been praised for its Jewish studies, including its use of information technology in the subject.

Pikuach, the Jewish inspection service overseen by the Board of the Deputies, gave the state-aided school a “good” rating for its religious teaching.

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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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