Jewish life

‘Jewslims’ on love across the divide

By Sandy Rashty, October 24, 2013

Lenny is the son of a Holocaust survivor who has converted to Islam for love. Like others in the same situation interviewed under pseudonyms for BBC Radio 4 programme “Meet the Jewslims”, which aired on Monday, he married his British-Iranian wife Sheherazade in a Muslim ceremony but also sought to reconcile Islam with his Jewish heritage.


Less (and more) in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2013

Manchester’s Jewish population has been calculated at a maximum 28,000 — 10,000 less than the number often cited by communal leaders.


All change in Manchester Rep Council

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 14, 2013

Manchester Jewish Representative Council wants to implement “radical changes” in a bid to reverse falling attendances and attract young leaders.

A report by a committee of executive officers proposes a complete restructuring of the council with the possibility of a paid CEO and doubled annual costs. It will be put to the vote next month.


New surveys shed light on who we are

By Linda Woodhead and Steven M Cohen, October 10, 2013

What’s special about British Jews? How do they compare with other religious groups in the UK — and how do they compare with their counterparts in the US?

Two recently conducted national surveys of the British population — each with over 4,000 respondents and over 150 Jews apiece – offer new insights into the question of what makes British Jewry distinctive.


Scottish Jewry is now 'below 6,000'

By Adam Henderson, October 7, 2013

The Scottish Jewish population has fallen below 6,000, according to the country’s latest census results. Newly released figures from the 2011 census record the total as 5,887, a fall of 500 from the 2001 survey.


Bradford's hidden history

By John Fisher, October 7, 2013

Bradford’s hidden Jewish history is celebrated in a new booklet that was 18 months in the making.

Compiled by historians Nigel Grizzard and Benjamin Dunn, The Bradford Jewish Heritage Trail celebrates 140 years of Jewish life.


Shivah book aids secular

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2013

The United Synagogue has launched a prayer book that can be used by both religious and secular Jews at a shivah.


Scottish police upset over racism

By Cathy Forman, September 23, 2013

Scottish police have expressed dismay that Jewish community members see antisemitism as “normal”.


Open days bring heritage to the masses

September 23, 2013

B’nai B’rith UK’s 13th annual European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage programme got off to a festive start on Sunday with synagogues opening up their succahs to the wider public.

With “Judaism and the Natural World” as its theme, it was an apposite opportunity to explain the significance of the succah, the lulav and the etrog.


Visiting festival chazan enjoys his album entry

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2013

The visiting High Holy Day chazan for Mill Hill Synagogue has released an album of Jewish music, including a modern version of one of the central Rosh Hashanah prayers.

Simon Cohen, who grew up in Hampstead Garden Suburb and made aliyah 18 years ago, will be returning to sing in London after officiating at Mill Hill for the past four years.