Jewish life

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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Lord Ahmed backtracks on comments of Jewish conspiracy

By Marcus Dysch, May 9, 2013

Controversial peer Lord Ahmed’s attempted to rehabilitate his reputation with the Jewish community this week over remarks about a Jewish conspiracy he is said to have made.

Speaking ahead of his disciplinary hearing in front of the Labour Party national executive next week, the peer gave his version of the events which have led to his latest suspension from the party.

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Redbridge Council approves Chigwell eruv

By Zoe Winograd, May 6, 2013

Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue moved a step closer to the first Essex area eruv after Redbridge Council unanimously approved its plans last week. But given that the religious boundary will cover more than Redbridge, project leaders now await the go-ahead from Epping Forest District Council.

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Jewish Policy Research conducts its biggest survey

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2013

The largest survey of British Jews in two decades was launched this week by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.

Members of the community will be invited at random to take part in the online questionnaire over the next two months, which will be conducted in association with pollsters Ipso-Mori.

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Glasgow research reveals diverse wish list

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2013

A major research project into Glasgow Jewish life has revealed overwhelming demand for more social, cultural and educational opportunities.

Seventy per cent of respondents to the Communities Future Project wanted to explore the possibility of creating a community centre in the south of the city.

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Denied a Jewish education. Why?

By Victoria Prever, April 28, 2013

Last week, my four-year-old son lost his place at Clore Shalom school. And so, at the end of this term, he will be forced to leave an institution with a religious ethos that mirrors our own Jewish beliefs.

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