Community life

Epstein gets their vote

February 24, 2014

Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue members have overwhelmingly approved the appointment of Rabbi Daniel Epstein as their new minister. Hundreds turned up to vote after the rabbi joined the community for Shabbat.

Raised in London, Rabbi Epstein made aliyah in 1998 and has worked in marketing and fundraising.


School must do better

By Simon Rocker, February 24, 2014

The Lubavitch Boys' Primary School in north London has been told that it must do better after its first inspection since becoming state-aided in 2012.

Ofsted, which visited last month, said that the school overall "requires improvement" because the "quality of teaching is not yet good".

Pupils did "not make enough progress in some year groups, particularly in reading and writing", Ofsted rep


Djalili is a Norwood hot property

February 24, 2014

British-Iranian comedian Omid Djalili has told 420 Young Norwood supporters that starring in the film, The Infidel, as a Muslim who discovers he was born Jewish, had taught him that, "Muslims and Jews can definitely live side-by-side and work together".

Another speaker at the property committee event in central London was Rosanna Pearson, whose sister Natasha has Down's syndrome and has been su


More support for dementia carers

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 24, 2014

The Alzheimer's Society is allocating specialist funding for dementia support training within the Jewish community.

A month-long pilot scheme in Manchester has provided training for lay carers, additionally offering expert advice and a peer network. The courses are being run in partnership with Jewish welfare charity The Fed at its Prestwich headquarters.


Sheffield joins the US

By Simon Rocker, February 24, 2014

Sheffield's Orthodox congregation has become the first northern community to join the London-based United Synagogue.

US president Stephen Pack hailed "an immensely significant moment" in the history of the US after members of the 250-member community voted for the move by an overwhelming majority on Sunday.

Sheffield president Edward Patnick said: "Our proposed membership of the United Synag


Crowd pleasing rabbi

By Jay Grenby, February 24, 2014

There was standing room only at Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue on Shabbat as more than 600 people attended the induction of senior minister Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz.

Conducting the ceremony, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said the Borehamwood congregation was one of the United Synagogue's "crown jewels".


Salmond enjoys a snapshot of Jewish life

By Adam Henderson, February 24, 2014

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond highlighted the Jewish contribution to the nation at a reception at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Tuesday night.

Mr Salmond was guest of honour at the launch of a photographic exhibition by Judah Passow celebrating the country’s Jewish community, which will have its first major display in New York.


Cardiff rabbi's surprise departure

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2014

Mystery surrounds the sudden departure of Cardiff Reform Synagogue minister, Rabbi Charles Middleburgh, who has served the community on a part-time basis for 10 years.

CRS chair Mel Odey declined to comment on “the recent resignation”, saying it would be “both inappropriate and premature for any statement to be made before the scheduled meeting of the synagogue members”.


Young musicians playing up for Emunah

February 24, 2014

There was music in the air at Bushey’s Immanuel College as 12-year-old saxophonist Louis Isaacs practised for his performance in the finals of Emunah’s Young Musician of the Year.

The showcase finale for the annual JC-sponsored contest will this year be at London’s Royal Academy of Music on March 9, with cash prizes courtesy of Wienerworld.


Special Shabbat reflects will to increase legacies

By Charlotte Oliver, February 17, 2014

The importance of legacies to Jewish charities will be highlighted during a "Legacy Shabbat" next month being supported by the United, Reform and Liberal movements.

In services on March 1, shuls will focus on the issue either through rabbis' sermons or leaflets and other promotional material.