Jewish life

Rallies planned over husband who won't grant wife Jewish divorce

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2012

Rallies will be staged in New York this weekend in support of a woman whose husband has denied her a religious divorce.

Campaigners who support Tamar Friedman plan to protest against Aharon Friedman's doggedness outside his mother's home in Brooklyn.

Another demonstration will be held on Sunday at the headquarters of a Jewish group run by Mr Friedman's uncle.


The History behind the Prayer for the Royals

By Nic Abery, May 31, 2012

On recording his visit to a synagogue on Simchat Torah on October 13 1663, Samuel Pepys made two observations. Firstly the decorum was terrible and secondly a special prayer was recited in Hebrew for the King. How true are both today!


Tunisian Jewish pilgrimage resumes with high security

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2012

Tunisian Jews have begun their traditional festivities to mark Lag B'Omer.

Last year the annual pilgrimage to the historic El Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba was cancelled because of concerns for the community's security in the wake of the Arab Spring and rising anti-Jewish sentiment.


Wanted: high fliers to lead Jewish Community Centre

By Jenni Frazer, April 11, 2012

The Jewish Community Centre for London's announcement that it is seeking a new chief executive means that three high-profile Jewish community posts are now up for grabs.

Aside from the JCC job, the chief executive position at Bicom, the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, until recently held by Lorna Fitzsimons; and the chief executive role at the United Jewish Israel Appeal, who


How far can Jewish tolerance stretch?

March 29, 2012

'I think you're wrong, but I'll put up with it. I'll accept our differences - but don't be fooled. I still think you're wrong."

Tolerance is required only for what we don't agree with, for what is by definition intolerable. As a minority in Britain, understanding our position - whether we are "tolerated", or something beyond that, is existentially important.


New York show for rare 14th century Haggadah

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 15, 2012

A priceless 700-year-old Passover Haggadah will travel from the UK to New York after painstaking microscopic preservation work carried out by Manchester University.


A world view for Liberals

March 8, 2012

The strong links between Liberal Judaism and the World Union for Progressive Judaism were discussed in London during a visit by WUPJ president Rabbi Stephen Fuchs.

He had talks with Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich and its president Lucian Hudson after delivering a shiur to an audience of 40 at Liberal Judaism's Montagu Centre HQ.


Youth movements: the pearls of the Jewish community

By Darren Cohen, January 12, 2012

It dawned on me this week that in the short time I have lived in London, I have had the pleasure of hosting friends from four of the world’s continents: Europe, South America, Australasia and North America. Despite coming from four very distant corners of the world, we all have one thing in common: we are all members of the Habonim Dror youth movement.


Stone-setting for 1843 death

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 10, 2011

A stone-setting for a man who died penniless in 1843 will be the first ceremony for more than 80 years at Liverpool's historic Deane Road Cemetery.

No gravestone was erected for Dutch immigrant optician Lyon Samson, who had been supported by donations from the then Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation.


Braveheart receives his reward

By Stephanie Brickman, October 10, 2011

A Glasgow Reform leader who saved a woman from drowning in freezing water has been presented with a Brave@Heart award by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond at Edinburgh Castle.