Community life

Is merging synagogues the only way for Essex's future?

By Josh Jackman, April 2, 2015

In the 1970s, Redbridge boasted Europe's largest Jewish population of 30,000. But a gradual decline as younger members decamped to north London accelerated between 2001 and 2011, during which it lost almost a third of its remaining population, falling from second to sixth among UK communities.

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Faiths unite in Dublin

By Josh Jackman, April 2, 2015

Irish religious leaders warned of rising intolerance at an "unprecedented" gathering of senior Jewish, Christian and Muslim representatives.

Papal delegate Archbishop Charles Brown and imams from four mosques were among guests at the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland dinner, held at Dublin's Terenure synagogue hall.

JRCI chair Maurice Cohen said their presence reflected a "genuine des

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Hotplate inspection shows risk

By Sandy Rashty, April 2, 2015

An emergency services group has urged community members to buy "only the latest models of hotplates" after a mass pre-Pesach inspection found that close on 40 per cent were a fire hazard.

British Friends of Zaka recruited firemen and electricians to examine 1,150 hotplates in London and Essex homes in the wake of the death of seven children in a Brooklyn fire ignited by a faulty hotplate last w

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Young idea

April 2, 2015

The United Synagogue's new Young People and Young Families division has appointed David Collins as director.

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Is merger the only way for Essex's future?

By Josh Jackman, April 1, 2015

In the 1970s, Redbridge boasted Europe’s largest Jewish population of 30,000. But a gradual decline as younger members decamped to north London accelerated between 2001 and 2011, during which it lost almost a third of its remaining population, falling from second to sixth among UK communities. In Clayhall alone, the number halved from 2,599 to 1,299.

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Nightingale talks merger

March 26, 2015

Nightingale Hammerson is in "advanced discussions" over a merger with the Abbeyfield Camden Jewish Society, which operates a 12-flat home, Belmont Lodge, in Bushey.

In a statement on Wednesday, Nightingale said it had been approached by Abbeyfield.

"Trends in the provision of services for older people are changing.

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Shul quits Board - 'it's not good value'

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

Leaders of Catford and Bromley Synagogue in south London have decided to leave the Board of Deputies on financial grounds.

Joe Burchell, chairman of the United Synagogue affiliate, said it would not send a deputy to the Board's next triennium because "we do not think it's good value".

It costs a synagogue such as Catford and Bromley £495 annually to send a deputy to the Board.

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US urged to help synagogues deal with failing rabbis

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

The United Synagogue should make it easier for communities to dispense with under-performing rabbis, its council heard this week.

Stanmore Synagogue representative Saul Taylor said that while, in general, the US was served by a "very high quality rabbinate", it needed to do more to help ministers who were "not performing".

But where there was no improvement, it was "near impossible" for comm

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Partnership minyans have their benefits

By Simon Griver, March 26, 2015

The United Synagogue should recognise the positive side of partnership minyans, a trustee of the organisation said this week.

Jacqui Zinkin argued that such services, even if not allowed on US premises, could help bring people into US shuls.

Over the past year and a half, partnership minyans - where women, as well as men, can read from the Torah and lead certain prayers - have sprung up in

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Langdon fears cutbacks in council support

By Naomi Firsht, March 26, 2015

The chairman-elect of learning disability charity Langdon has warned supporters of the potential impact of local-authority cutbacks on its services.

Addressing the 300 guests at its dinner in central London on Monday, Jonathan Joseph explained that in the wake of Chancellor George Osborne's austerity measures and the imminent Care Act, the charity anticipated a 10 per cent fall in local-authori

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