Jewish life

Survey: Mainstream is on the retreat

By Simon Rocker, January 30, 2014

The survey reveals striking evidence of the religiously squeezed middle.

While the traditional camp that typified the middle-of-the-road United Synagogue member has shrunk, there has been a significant rise in the numbers of Jews who identify as cultural or secular.


Largest ever survey reveals decline of Jewish mainstream

By Simon Rocker, January 30, 2014

Younger Jews are more religious than their parents’ generation, intermarriage has slowed down and the mainstream Orthodoxy that once typified British Jewry is in retreat.

These are some of the major findings of the most comprehensive survey ever carried out on the Jewish population of the UK which were released yesterday.


Senior Reform rabbi attacks community over ‘elitist’ attitude

By Daniel Easterman, January 23, 2014

A leading rabbi has criticised the Jewish community for being elitist and “experts in exclusion”.

Laura Janner-Klausner, Reform Judaism’s senior rabbi, said that Anglo-Jewry seemed to “specialise in raising and maintaining barriers, obstacles.”

She added: “We need to recognise that the fortress around Judaism is counterproductive to a Judaism that we want.”


Lottery-backed stories in Salford

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 20, 2014

Salford Jews are telling their life stories as part of a Lottery-funded heritage project incorporating a BBC documentary.


Manchester gears up for its own Limmud

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 10, 2014

Leading figures in the Jewish and Christian communities will be heading to Manchester next month as the city holds its annual Limmud conference.

Jewish Leadership Council CEO Simon Johnson and the Board of Deputies’ Jonathan Arkush and Laura Marks are among a strong line-up of presenters, according to the programme which was released this week.


Manchester Museum plates up families' heritage

January 6, 2014

A rare silver plate that tells a story of Manchester families has been donated to the city’s Jewish Museum.
In 1846 the scholar Moshe Israel Hazan was presented with the plate by the Chief Rabbi of Palestine, Hayim Avraham Gaguin. The plate was given to Mr Hazan to mark his appointment as guardian of Pope Pius IX’s library of Hebrew books and manuscripts.


Tributes to celebrate Rev Weisman's 50 years of serving small communities

By Sandy Rashty, January 6, 2014

More than 100 people attended an event in Oxford to mark the 50th anniversary of Reverend Malcolm Weisman, the minister for small communities.

Since his appointment in 1963, Rev Weisman has travelled across the UK, serving small Jewish communities from Jersey to Canterbury, Stoke-on-Trent and Kent.


Honours for producer Codron, author Horowitz and FA’s Bernstein

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

An American rabbi, a theatre producer, a writer and the former Football Association chairman have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.


Funding to secure Titanic butcher's lifeline

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 30, 2013

Preservation of the kosher butcher which supplied the Titanic has been secured by millions of pounds of funding from the late Jewish philanthropist Sir Isaac Wolfson.