Community life

Diners and winners at Torah study

December 4, 2014

A dinner marking the 25th anniversary of Europe's largest adult Torah learning centre saw 250 people study all 6,200 pages of the Talmud in 48 hours to mark the event.

The dinner, attended by more than 600 people at the Manchester Hilton Hotel, was to pay homage to Rabbi Avraham Silbiger.


Angry public meeting forces eruv rethink

By Cathy Forman, December 4, 2014

Accusations of divisineness have forced a rethink to proposals to build an eruv for the Jewish community in Hale.

Three hundred people at a public meeting at the Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel heard eruv programme manager Abraham Wahnon explain how the Hale Eruv Project would surround Jewish inhabitants of south Manchester with a boundary stetching more than 12 miles.

"The meeting was a b


Green party for restorers

By Jay Grenby, December 4, 2014

A group which restored a park behind Golders Green Synagogue and the adjoining Rimon Jewish Primary has received a £50,000 cheque from the Big Lottery People's Millions, through which projects for National Lottery funding are determined by phone-in votes.

"We really didn't expect to win," said Golders Green Synagogue member Ingrid Posen, chair of The Friends of Childs Hill Park group, which ap


Glasgow parties for council's 100th

By Adam Henderson, December 4, 2014

Limmud Scotland held a Shabbat dinner to give guests a taste of the main learning event in March.

More than 100 people heard from four speakers: Claire Singerman of Gathering the Voices - a Holocaust Remembrance project; UJIA Glasgow youth worker Julie Rae-King; Limmud chairman Kevin Sefton; and Glasgow expatriate Nick Henderson who works for Jewish educational programme Livnot U'Lehibanot in T


Cemetery project in Leicester builds 'a people profile'

By Naomi Firsht, December 4, 2014

A Leicester historian's idea to research early 20th century Jewish gravestones grew into a restoration project of the entire Jewish sections of a cemetery.

Rosalind Adam, author of Jewish Voices - an oral history of the Leicester community - aimed to find out about a few of the earliest Jewish families buried in Leicester's Gilroes Cemetery in order to produce a book about their lives.


Big crowd celebrates Leeds Jewry

By John Fisher, December 4, 2014

An event celebrating Jewish life in Leeds attracted 550 people to Etz Chaim Synagogue on Sunday.

The Makor-sponsored programme highlighted the breadth of the community's activities. It also served as the launch for the book, From the Leylands to Leeds 17.


Two more east London shuls to merge

By Simon Rocker, November 27, 2014

For the second time in less than a month, two synagogues in the east London area have decided to merge.

When Clayhall and Newbury Park in Essex agreed to join forces, it was the first merger of United shuls in a decade.

Now, members of the US Wanstead and Woodford Synagogue and the independent Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation have followed suit, voting overwhelmingly for union last week.


Wallenberg gets a new place alongside a shul

November 27, 2014

The crescent fronting the Western Marble Arch Synagogue and the Montcalm Hotel in London's West End is to be renamed Wallenberg Place in honour of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis.

The change of name for the area, currently part of Great Cumberland Place, has been approved by Westminster City Council.

In 1997, the Queen attended a dedicati


Georgia on her mind - WJR's work moves Maitlis

By Josh Jackman, November 27, 2014

Emily Maitlis gave an emotional account of her visit to World Jewish Relief projects in Georgia at WJR's dinner on Monday, recalling the "smiles and hope" that "very tiny, practical gifts" brought to impoverished children.

The journalist and broadcaster had tears in her eyes as she told the 420 guests about the conditions for a family in Rustavi, a south-eastern city which sunk into poverty aft


Hendon falling out

By Simon Rocker, November 27, 2014

Members of North Hendon Adath Yisroel Congregation were due to attend a special meeting on Wednesday night to discuss differences within its ranks.

Its secretary Henry Ehreich told congregants in an email that "the shul has recently encountered fundamental issues that place its ethos at risk and can only be solved if confronted honestly and decisively".