Community life

Taking to the streets in thanks for child's survival

By Josh Jackman, June 5, 2015

A Hendon couple whose baby daughter survived a rare disease with a 98 per cent mortality rate are going on the longest of walks to raise awareness and funding.

Starting on Sunday, Rochelle and Stephen Rosenthal will embark on a 79-mile circular route of the capital over a 72-hour period.

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Broad church viewers

By Jay Grenby, June 5, 2015

As part of efforts to reach out to Jewish communities in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, high-ranking clergy including the Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Rev Richard Atkinson, attended the Shabbat morning service at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue.

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Cantor sings the praises of Manchester Liberals

By JCReporter, June 5, 2015

Manchester Jewish Liberal Community's 10th anniversary celebrations incorporated the induction of cantor Gershon Silins as its spiritual leader.

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich led the service, assisted by Nottingham Liberal's Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich, before a congregation including civic and religious leaders.

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Rabbi lights up Menorah

June 5, 2015

Addressing Sunday's induction ceremony for the Menorah Synagogue (Cheshire Reform) rabbi, Fabian Sborovsky, shul chair Howard Barlow recalled that when the minister first visited the community, "it was quite apparent that here was someone special. We couldn't let this one slip away."

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Brodie will be much missed

June 5, 2015

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Manchester Beth Din's long-serving registrar, Rabbi Yehuda Brodie, who died of cancer on Tuesday, aged 65.

At Wednesday's funeral, the beth din head, Dayan Yitzchok Berger, highlighted Rabbi Brodie's tireless work for the community.

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Park life in Bristol appeals to Daniels

June 5, 2015

Bristol's historic Park Row Synagogue has appointed Rabbi Mark Daniels as its part-time minister, replacing Chabad rabbi Dovid Usiskin, who left the community 14 months ago. Rabbi Daniels has wide experience of ministering to smaller communities, among them Croydon, Coventry and Norwich. His priorities will be a membership drive and re-engagement with the widespread Jewish community in the area.

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Former Hasmonean student becomes youngest mayor of Barnet

By Josh Jackman, June 1, 2015

The new mayor of Barnet, Mark Shooter, has said his main objective will be engaging disenfranchised citizens in communal activities.

Mr Shooter, a Barnet councillor of five years who at 44 is believed to be the youngest to take the position, told the JC he hoped to "inspire younger people and other parts of the community which aren't involved in civic society".

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Manchester museum to revamp thanks to Lottery

May 28, 2015

Manchester Jewish Museum has received a £426,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major development project.

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Chief Rabbi launches new shul in Hendon

By Simon Rocker, May 28, 2015

A new United Synagogue congregation is to be launched by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in Hendon, north-west London, in a fortnight.

Magen Avot, which will hold services at the Hendon Hall Hotel until it finds a permanent home, has been founded mainly by ex-members of North Hendon Synagogue.

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First Jewish president of the Commonwealth Dental Association

May 28, 2015

A London dentist has been installed as the first Jewish president of the Commonwealth Dental Association.

Anthony Kravits, who becomes the ninth president of the CDA, qualified at Manchester Dental School in 1966, aged 21. He then worked in general dental practice in north Manchester until he moved to London in 2005.

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