Community life

Edgware seeks assistant

By Jay Grenby, July 18, 2008

The 1,500-member Edgware United Synagogue is looking for a full-time assistant minister to provide support for Rabbi David Lister, who joined at the beginning of the year.

As well as helping Rabbi Lister in his day-to-day pastoral work, the new recruit would be expected to develop student and adult-education programmes and, in conjunction with Tribe, take responsibility for the synagogue’s various youth programmes.

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Leaders to make aliyah

July 18, 2008

Four leaders of Zionist youth movement Habonim Dror are setting an example to the rank-and-file by making aliyah.

Dan Filson, Dan Conn, Tash Abramson and Deborah Brown plan to start an “urban kibbutz” in Tel Aviv. Mancunian Mr Filson, a 23-year-old Leeds University graduate, said he was motivated “to help Israel become the best country it can be”.

Mr Conn, 23, also from Manchester, is planning a more ambitious journey — a sponsored cycle to raise money for Darfur refugees in Israel.

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Shul and golf clubs get listed status

By Jay Grenby, July 18, 2008

Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue has been listed in Hertsmere Borough Council’s new register of locally important properties which contribute “significantly to the quality of the built environment”.

The synagogue building is a former church standing on an elevated and prominent position in Radlett’s main street. It was nominated for its architectural significance, contribution to the streetscape and local historic interest as a place of worship since its construction in 1930.   

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US looking to the regions

By Simon Rocker, July 18, 2008

The United Synagogue has revealed that it is looking to recruit communities from outside London.

Its 62 congregations have until now been based in the capital and the Home Counties.

But in a statement this week, its president Simon Hochhauser said the US would extend a “warm invitation to other Orthodox communities in London and beyond”.

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Jacobs returns for top job

July 18, 2008

Chartered accountant Jeremy Jacobs is the new United Synagogue chief executive. He will start work in November.

The Belmont Synagogue member was US treasurer for six years before becoming chairman of its youth arm, Tribe, in 2003. “It’s a pleasure to be back,” he told the US council on Monday.

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Boris praises Jewish Londoners

By Leon Symons, July 18, 2008

Boris Johnson helped the Board of Deputies to attract a big turnout for its president’s dinner at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel last week.

The London Mayor entertained the 400 guests at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in stitches with a string of amusing anecdotes and asides.

He later paid tribute to the audience for helping him through his speech. “I had a very busy day and I was shattered when I arrived in the room. I had nothing to say but they made it so easy for me to talk about what I want to do.

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A rocket from Sderot

By Alexandra Abrams, July 18, 2008

A group of 19- to 24-year-olds from Sderot brought an unusual gift to their South Hampstead Synagogue hosts — the shell of a Kassam rocket fired at their town in 2003.

The rocket shell, taken to London with Israeli government permission, was placed on the synagogue entrance table on Shabbat. “It stunned congregants to silence,” reported Alexandra Maurice, chair of the Hineni committee, under whose auspices the young Israelis visited. It was a “stark and real” reminder of the daily threat to Sderot residents.

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Council pledge on CCTV

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 11, 2008

CCTV cameras are finally being earmarked for Manchester’s Charedi Broughton Park neighbourhood after a 10-year campaign by the Jewish community.

In the wake of a spate of recent incidents, local councillors this week agreed to find funding for CCTV following meetings with Salford’s Chief Superintendent Kevin Mulligan.

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Reform’s Israel stance pleases ambassador

July 11, 2008

Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor has praised the Movement for Reform Judaism for increasing the breadth of support for Israel among British Jewry.

Mr Prosor addressed the 260 delegates at the movement’s biennial conference in Leicester at the weekend, where newly elected Reform chair Stephen Moss reaffirmed its non-negotiable commitment to Israel — and to democracy, justice and human rights for all people of the Middle East.

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Leo Baeck welcomes new rabbis

July 11, 2008

There was an international flavour to the ordination ceremony for six Progressive rabbis held by Leo Baeck College at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood.

Hetty Groeneveld will be the Reform movement’s first female rabbi in Holland. Larry Becker taught at an inner city school and juvenile detention centre in his native Cleveland, Ohio, before moving to Israel. Rabbi Becker will serve the Sukkat Shalom congregation in Essex.

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