Community life

Thousands make the most of the baking conditions in Brent Cross

By Josh Jackman, October 29, 2015

Five thousand women - and a small number of men - used their bread-making skills to launch the Shabbat UK programme with the Great Challah Make in Brent Cross.

Creating a potential Guinness World Record for "the most amount of people in the same venue at the same time making bread", the north-London bakers were not alone as another 5,000 people took part in similar events around the country.


Former US head calls for modern Orthodoxy to be more of a ‘rainbow’

By Simon Rocker, October 22, 2015

The United Synagogue remains "very, very behind" over the role of women, a former president of the organisation said this week.

Dr Simon Hochhauser, who led the US from 2005 to 2011, called for it to be more of a "rainbow" organisation, which would allow greater diversity of observance than continuing to adopt a "one-size-fits-all" approach.


It’s hands-on as the day of rest is welcomed

October 22, 2015

Hundreds of people were attracted to events in the run-up to this weekend's Shabbat UK, the national celebration of the day of rest.

In Leeds young Jewish rappers starred in a video to promote the Chief Rabbi's initiative. Shabbat Rap has been released online and stars Year 6 pupils from Brodetsky primary. View the Shabbat Rap Shabbat UK.


Emunah: terror attacks are traumatising our children

By Naomi Firsht, October 22, 2015

An appeal was made for additional funds for security and trauma counselling at the Emunah gala dinner during a week where two of their children's homes in Israel were on lockdown following nearby terror attacks.

More than £250,000 was raised for the charity, which cares for vulnerable and at-risk children in Israel, at the British Emunah dinner at the Roundhouse in north-west London.


'Shatter glass ceilings’ in science

October 21, 2015

Science careers for Israeli and Arab women must be given more support said writer and actress Tracy-Ann Oberman.

"Don't teach your daughters to fit into glass slippers, teach them to shatter glass ceilings," she told 100 diners at a lunch in support of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

"The Institute is a beacon of excellence. It has opened its doors to Israeli and Arab students.


Shoah survivor and daughter honoured

By Josh Jackman, October 21, 2015

A Holocaust survivor and her daughter have received the Freedom of the City of London for their work educating tens of thousands of schoolchildren about the Shoah.

Lady Zahava Kohn, who spent 20 months in Bergen-Belsen, travels around Britain with Hephzibah Rudofsky to present secondary school children with the perspectives of a survivor and her daughter.

Ms Rudofsky said she felt "a sense o


Changing their game

October 21, 2015

Plans for an online hub of Jewish life and a site that co-ordinates charitable giving were among the initial results of a scheme designed to groom potential leaders of British Jewry.

The Gamechangers project - run by the Jewish Leadership Council's training division, Lead - aimed to develop participants for senior leadership roles.

An audience at a celebration evening to mark the end of the


Manchester Museum is happy to be in a jam

October 21, 2015

Manchester Jewish Museum has joined forces with experimental arts organisation Video Jam to host a line-up of musicians, filmmakers and films for next month's Video Jam @ MJM. Musicians will include acclaimed bandFlamingods, Liverpool-based composer and instrumentalist Alex Cotrell and Manchester's multi-faith choir the Sacred Sounds Women's Choir.


Cardiff goes for solar vision

October 21, 2015

Cardiff United Synagogue has installed solar panels in a bid to "go green" while cutting its electricity bills. Rabbi Michoel Rose said the congregation is "delighted with our new installation.


Doors open at Lyons

October 21, 2015

A new centre for adult Jewish learning will open its doors in central London with a four-week "taster" programme next month.

The Lyons Institute will be housed at West London Synagogue, whose Rabbi Neil Janes will build a programme of study.