Jewish life

Glasgow deli back in business after fire

By Adam Henderson, June 5, 2013

Mark’s Deli in Giffnock has reopened in new premises following a fire which caused extensive damage to the kosher store last month.

“Fortunately, there was a shop available and we’ve managed to get it kitted out quickly,” explained owner Mark Cohen.

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Board launches consultation on merger with JLC

By Simon Rocker, June 3, 2013

Board of Deputies leaders have today launched a consultation with grassroots deputies over a possible merger with the Jewish Leadership Council.

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Can Jewish life flourish if God is on the sidelines

By Simon Rocker, June 2, 2013

I once heard a rabbi say in his Shabbat morning sermon : “Without God, Judaism falls down like a pack of cards.” There was a time when such a comment would seem so self-evident that you would wonder why anyone would make it.

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Pupils are changing — schools must change too

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2013

Jewish teachers need to think more about how to accommodate non-Jewish pupils, according to a senior educator.

Rabbi Jeremy Bruce, deputy head teacher of King Solomon High School in Redbridge predicted that Orthodox schools would be “increasingly likely to have non-Jewish students” in coming years.

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House calls in Salford

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 20, 2013

A kosher social housing scheme is expected to make a significant dent in the property shortage for Charedi families in Salford.

The Stamford Hill-based Agudas Israel Housing Association will be offering 23 new-build family homes in the Kings Square development off Leicester Road, Salford, an area where over 200 Jewish people are reported to be in need of social housing.

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Baigel has expensive tastes

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 20, 2013

Manchester Jewish Representative Council’s Dr Sydney Baigel was praised on Sunday for almost single-handedly raising the council’s budget for more than a decade.

Dr Baigel, 85 — whose brother Frank was re-elected as the council’s president at its AGM — has brought in £25,000 this year.

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Youth minister appointment is a unifying force in Glasgow

By Adam Henderson, May 20, 2013

Glasgow’s two largest Orthodox congregations — Giffnock and Newlands and Newton Mearns — have joined forces to recruit the city’s first youth and community rabbi.

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Gefiltefest 2013 - 'biggest yet'

By Zoe Winograd, May 19, 2013

Gefiltefest, the annual celebration of Jewish food, takes place today, with around 600 people expected to attend.

The event includes cooking demonstrations, learning sessions, hands-on activities and a children’s programme.

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The Women of the Wall: should they be bothered?

By Simon Rocker, May 17, 2013

The Western Wall has lately become a battleground in the struggle for egalitarianism. The arrest of women for praying in a tallit at the sacred site has sparked anger across the Jewish world and fuelled demands from non-Orthodox Jews in particular for equal religious rights.

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US addressing the needs of the next Chief Rabbi

By Simon Rocker, May 13, 2013

Once the Chief Rabbi had to live in London’s East End. For more than a century, holders of the office dwelt closer to the West End, in Hamilton Terrace, St John’s Wood.

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