Community life

Swastikas daubed at Liverpool cemetery

January 15, 2015

Swastikas were scratched into the door of the prayer hall of the Jewish section of Liverpool's Springwood cemetery at the weekend - and another was daubed on a south Liverpool bus stop.

The bus stop swastika was quickly removed and Merseyside Jewish Representative Council chair Ian Cohen said on Tuesday that Liverpool City Council, which administers the cemetery, had prioritised the removal of


Young givers get behind capital gain of charity

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

A Manchester-based charity which encourages children to give to others on special occasions has spread its message of goodwill to the capital.

The Big Barmitzvah Appeal, an offshoot of the Big Birthday Appeal, is funding a sensory garden for blind children at the new Bayis Sheli residential and respite home in Stamford Hill.


Sporting chance

January 15, 2015

Norwood's inclusive sports programme, Change the Game, has been boosted by a £121,000 grant from City of London Corporation charity the City Bridge Trust.

Change the Game offers sporting activities for those with learning disabilities.

The grant will be used to deliver the final stages of the programme, helping participants to pursue sports at an elite level.


Sborovsky is set to light up Menorah

January 15, 2015

Manchester's Menorah (Cheshire Reform) congregation has appointed a well travelled rabbi as its new minister.

Rabbi Fabian Sborovsky, who takes up the post next month, was born in Paraguay, moved to Israel, has lived in Sweden and has been serving Rome's Beth Hillel Synagogue on a part-time basis.


Leeds mourns Leslie Silver

By John Fisher, January 12, 2015

Leeds welfare chiefs have led the tributes to one of the community’s most generous benefactors, Leslie Silver, who has died, aged 89.

Although born in London’s East End, Mr Silver lived most of his life in Leeds, where his family moved to escape the Blitz.


Orthodox rabbis ponder key issues

January 12, 2015

The role of Jewish Women in the 21st century, dealing with bereavement and promoting a positive Jewish phil-osophy were among issues discussed by more than 200 Orthodox rabbis and rebbetzins at this week’s Aleinu conference in Hertfordshire.


Glasgow minister promotes staying power

By Anna Behrmann, January 12, 2015

The new rabbi of Glasgow’s Newton Mearns Synagogue wants to re-engage with the younger community and encourage people to come back to shul.

Rabbi Eli Wolfson, 32, who previously served as the city’s youth and community rabbi, pledged to bolster the synagogue’s Jewish social and educational framework in the hope of stemming the drift of the young generation to London or Manchester.


Southend rabbi vows to fight 'unfair' sacking

By Josh Jackman, January 8, 2015

The minister of Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation is fighting his synagogue executive, claiming he was unfairly dismissed.

Rabbi Binyamin Bar was told of his sacking - which the synagogue executive attributed to "an irretrievable breakdown in working relationships" - shortly after Shabbat.

Members of the 700-family congregation were surprised to learn about the decision through a po


JFS passes inspection

By Simon Rocker, January 8, 2015

JFS, the country's largest Jewish school, has been praised for the quality of its Jewish education by Pikuach, the Board of Deputies-run inspection service.

A report published this week rates the school's Jewish studies as good overall, with a number of outstanding features. Inspectors found "a very positive and healthy climate for learning.


Chazan quits on health grounds

By Naomi Firsht, January 8, 2015

St John's Wood Synagogue chazan Moshe Haschel will retire for health reasons after Shavuot.

Mr Haschel, who has served the congregation for 19 years, will be returning to Israel.