Community life

Helping French integrate 'will be in US's interest'

By Sandy Rashty, March 3, 2016

The influx of French Jews to Britain could dramatically change the way synagogues and schools are run, the French-born Hendon United Synagogue chairman has claimed.

Marc Meyer estimates that more than 10,000 French Jews have moved to the UK over the past decade. "They have come because they sense the opportunity and quality of life within the Jewish community here that is offered to them.

More..

Bringing wartime shul back to life

March 3, 2016

In 1941, a shul was opened in Macclesfield to accommodate the wartime evacuees who swelled the Jewish population of the Cheshire market town to 200-plus. But they left when the war ended and the synagogue closed in 1946.

More..

Camilla responds to invitation from survivor

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2016

After meeting the Duchess of Cornwall at a Holocaust memorial event in 2015, Henrietta Kelly sent her a handwritten invitation to visit the Holocaust Survivors' Centre in Hendon.

And on Tuesday, Mrs Kelly, a Bergen-Belsen survivor, was among 40 HSC members who took tea with the duchess at the Jewish Care-administered centre in north-west London.

More..

Long Welsh wait continues

By Josh Jackman, February 25, 2016

Two years after the sudden resignation of Rabbi Charles Middleburgh, Cardiff Reform Synagogue is still without a minister and does not expect to have a replacement until the end of the year.

"It's because we're a small community out in the sticks," said chairman Mark Stone. "It takes time for someone who we want to want to come to us. There are not many local rabbis."

More..

Kosher wine elicits a spirited response

By Simon Rocker, February 18, 2016

At an evening of food and wine, you might well start with a glass of champagne, particularly if the bottle bears the legendary name of Rothschild.

The first kosher Barons de Rothschild champagne, released this week at £60-plus, was one of the alcoholic highlights of the 2016 Kosher Food and Wine Experience, held at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in Piccadilly on Tuesday.

More..

West End Great Synagogue takes the Central line to share deal

By Simon Rocker, February 18, 2016

The independent West End Great Synagogue has found a new home after announcing its departure from Western Marble Arch Synagogue for financial reasons.

From the beginning of next month, the 362-member congregation will hold services a little further down the road at the Central Synagogue.

More..

New Edgware butcher will be under Federation’s KF supervision

February 18, 2016

A new kosher butcher is set to open in Edgware, the first in the area under the supervision of the Federation of Synagogues' new KF label.

The arrival of Pulkele in Mowbray Road will mark a further advance for the Federation meat venture since its controversial launch last year.

More..

JW3 comes to the rescue of homeless congregation

By Simon Rocker, February 18, 2016

South Hampstead Synagogue is set to hold Shabbat services at the JW3 centre in Swiss Cottage as a temporary venue when its rebuilding project starts in spring.

The United Synagogue congregation had planned to use the Marriott Hotel Regent's Park but the venue will be unavailable for some months because of its own refurbishment.

More..

Party lifts rocket man, 105

February 18, 2016

Jewish Care's own rocket man celebrated his 105th birthday with a party at the Rosetrees home in Friern Barnet. Braham Grant pursued a career in engineering, working for Rolls-Royce, de Havilland Propellers and Lucas Aerospace, where he created patented designs.

More..

Marathon runners skip London race for Israel challenge

By John Fisher, February 18, 2016

When Leeds Jewish Welfare Board supporters discovered that they could not run the London Marathon because it is being staged on the second day of Pesach, they wanted to come up with an alternative fundraiser. So 10 of them are hot-footing it to Israel for next week's Tel Aviv Marathon.

More..