Community life

Second US Edgware shul will ‘destroy’ Yeshurun

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2015

A member of Edgware's Yeshurun Federation Synagogue has accused the United Synagogue of attempting to destroy it by starting a new congregation nearby.

Services are to begin at Ahavas Yisrael - "Love of Israel" - at the end of next month.


Childwall goes for experience

December 22, 2015

Liverpool's Childwall Hebrew Congregation has looked to Israel to fill the ministerial vacancy caused by the summer move of Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg to Woodford Forest Synagogue in east London.

Members voted overwhelmingly at an EGM on Sunday to appoint Rabbi Martin van den Bergh, 62, who has been running a rabbinical consultancy from Israel after serving congregations including Bevis Marks,


Brighton home result delights Progressives

December 22, 2015

After four years in temporary accommodation, Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue moved back into modern, redeveloped premises with a day of Shabbat activities involving around 300 people.

Chair Peter Bennett Speck said the building was "a tangible representation of the truly inclusive and Progressive vision that Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah has spent the last 15 years tirelessly working towards


The best of JLGB for Bercow

December 22, 2015

A young JLGB leader has told Commons Speaker John Bercow of the impact the youth organisation has made on her life.

At a dinner hosted by Mr Bercow to celebrate JLGB's 120th anniversary, Jessica Schwartz said she had joined JLGB as a "quiet and shy eight-year-old from Cardiff".


Escaping Prague was ‘humdrum’

By Chere Tricot, December 22, 2015

One of Nicky's Children has recalled her escape from pre-war Czechoslovakia on the Kinderstransport.

But Lilly Lewy, now 84, said her experience had been "humdrum" in comparison to other children rescued by Sir Nicholas Winton.


Yeshiva students prepared for employment

By Josh Jackman, December 16, 2015

A group of strictly Orthodox yeshiva students in Manchester have started studying computing, auto mechanics and carpentry at a mainstream college to prepare them for employment.

The 16 boys, who attend the Yeshiva Darchei Torah, will also take classes in business studies, design and technology and cookery at Manchester College in addition to their religious education.

A senior figure at the


Work begins on Bushey cemetery redesign

December 16, 2015

Work has begun on the redevelopment of Bushey cemetery.

The final designs for the United Synagogue burial site have been unveiled by architects Waugh Thistleton.


Sephardi leaders look to updating structure

December 16, 2015

The S and P Sephardi Community will continue its modernisation process by streamlining its lay leadership structure.

The two governing bodies, the mahamad (executive) and board of elders, will merge into a single trustee group consisting of nine people serving a three-year term.


‘Sir Nicholas helped me to get the last train out’

By Chere Tricot, December 16, 2015

A pensioner has described how she escaped from Prague on the final Kindertransport train before the war began.

Hana Kleiner told her story this week after seeing our appeal to find Nicky's Children - some of the 669 youngsters brought to Britain by Sir Nicholas Winton from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939.


Fed and AJR link up

December 15, 2015

Manchester social care charity The Fed has joined forces with the Association of Jewish Refugees to spearhead a pioneering project.

The AJR-funded 12-month pilot project, My Voice, will celebrate the lives that Holocaust refugees built after reaching the UK. It will be headed by Manchester-based Israeli Hila Kaye.