Jewish life

From pub to shtiebl in Elstree

By Jay Grenby, September 22, 2011

A former Elstree pub is to be converted into the area's first shtiebl, complementing an already extensive choice of minyanim.

Communal philanthropist Mendel Tajtelbaum is behind the £1.5 million project, which he believes will justify his belief that "Elstree will soon become the new Edgware".

He is known to the more Orthodox elements of the local community because of the sponsorship of the


Cemetery's interactive aid

September 22, 2011

Innovative interactive technology will enable visitors to Bushey cemetery to speedily locate the memorials of their loved ones.

The touch screen service provides both information about the memorials and printable directions to the graveside.


Scottish openings

By Stephanie Brickman, September 22, 2011

Glasgow's historic Garnethill Synagogue and the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre reached a wider audience during the city's Doors Open Day on Sunday.


School's out for drive talkers

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 22, 2011

Parents seen talking on a mobile phone while driving their children into Leeds' Brodetsky Primary will be banned from its premises and reported to the police.

Tough new rules for parents are being enforced by security guards on the school's Alwoodley property.


How the Jewish community can help you get into university

By Lauren Cooney, September 21, 2011

Although I applied for university only a few years ago, I remember the application process with terror. Unlike my academic studies, which built upon the work I had done the year before, every year, from the age of four, this was totally unchartered territory.


How Rosh Hashanah influences the stock market

By Anna Sheinman, September 20, 2011

Researchers have discovered that Jews control the stock markets – for two days of every year.

A new study by academics at Nova Southeastern University in Florida shows that Rosh Hashanah has an impact on the stock market.


Bikes, babies and Shabbat lunch

By Anna Sheinman, September 16, 2011

Having only made it to a JSoc Friday night dinner twice in my first year at Cambridge, I was flattered but somewhat surprised to be invited by the Jewish Chaplain to his house for Shabbat lunch.


Site launched to link global Jewry in recovery prayers

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2011

A teacher whose sister battled leukemia has developed a website for Jews around the world to unite in prayers for a speedy recovery.

Shira Kalish, from Long Island, came up with the idea of "linking the Jewish community through chesed (lovingkindness)" when she witnessed the response to her sister's illness.


Donisthorpe finds a gem

September 8, 2011

Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall has appointed a gem of a new chair in Andrew Brown.

Mr Brown also chairs the Beaverbrooks jewellery chain and, at Donsithorpe, succeeds Geoff Caplan, who has stepped down after six years in the post.

Having admired and supported Donisthorpe for many years, Mr Brown said he hoped to bring his business acumen to its boardroom.


Compromise reached on waste disposal

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 8, 2011

Strictly Orthodox Jewish families in Bury who feared reduced waste collections by the local council have managed to negotiate increased bin capacity. Fortnightly collections and smaller bins are to be introduced next month, days before Succot, in a bid to save millions of pounds and to increase recycling.