250 years of Brighton's flock

By Alex Brummer, April 21, 2016

The pews were filled to the gunnels and the galleries full of women in fine, wide brimmed hats. The temporary benches in front of the exquisitely carved wooden Aron Kodesh were crowded with youngsters, the awkwardly attired, once-a-year shul-goers, and the bookies and hucksters in loud, checked suits - characters straight out of Graham Greene.


Fresh face for Florence

By Yael Breuer, December 11, 2014

Volunteers have rallied round to clean up a neglectd old Jewish cemetery at Florence Place in Brighton.

The initiative was organised by Hove Hebrew Congregation member Adam Bomzer. "I came across a photo of the cemetery on a Facebook page called Brighton through the Ages.


How to beat the boycott — and help the homeless

December 4, 2014

Pro-israel activists have come up with a novel way to say ‘No’ to boycott campaigners and help the homeless at the same time — and the JC is proud to lend its support.

Grassroots group Sussex Friends of Israel is urging people around the country to buy Israeli products and donate them to homeless charities.


Revealed: Chief Rabbi’s message of support to Margaret Thatcher after Brighton bombing

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2014

A hand-written note from Lord Jakobovits to Margaret Thatcher in the aftermath of the Brighton bombing has been revealed for the first time.

In his letter, the then Chief Rabbi expressed his “shock and sorrow at this terrible outrage”, hours after the blast ripped apart the Brighton Grand Hotel during the Conservative Party conference.


Brighton plaque honours Victorian policeman

By Cecily Woolf, June 2, 2014

A blue plaque has been unveiled by Brighton mayor Brian Fitch to commemorate Henry Solomon, the first chief officer of Brighton Borough Police and the only one to have died on duty.

Mr Solomon was appointed in 1838 and commanded 31 officers for six years but he was attacked with a poker in his office by a petty thief, John Lawrence, on March 13, 1844, and died a day later of his wounds.


Shameful bigotry in Brighton

January 30, 2014

It is all very well the Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation describing the appalling incident at Brighton’s Holocaust Memorial Day service as an “unfortunate misunderstanding” and saying that “no offence was intended”. But such PR waffle should fool no one. There was no misunderstanding.