Jewish life

Bradford's hidden history

By John Fisher, October 7, 2013

Bradford’s hidden Jewish history is celebrated in a new booklet that was 18 months in the making.

Compiled by historians Nigel Grizzard and Benjamin Dunn, The Bradford Jewish Heritage Trail celebrates 140 years of Jewish life.


Shivah book aids secular

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2013

The United Synagogue has launched a prayer book that can be used by both religious and secular Jews at a shivah.


Scottish police upset over racism

By Cathy Forman, September 23, 2013

Scottish police have expressed dismay that Jewish community members see antisemitism as “normal”.


Open days bring heritage to the masses

September 23, 2013

B’nai B’rith UK’s 13th annual European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage programme got off to a festive start on Sunday with synagogues opening up their succahs to the wider public.

With “Judaism and the Natural World” as its theme, it was an apposite opportunity to explain the significance of the succah, the lulav and the etrog.


Visiting festival chazan enjoys his album entry

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2013

The visiting High Holy Day chazan for Mill Hill Synagogue has released an album of Jewish music, including a modern version of one of the central Rosh Hashanah prayers.

Simon Cohen, who grew up in Hampstead Garden Suburb and made aliyah 18 years ago, will be returning to sing in London after officiating at Mill Hill for the past four years.


Parliamentary Jewish group set to launch

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

The new Parliamentary group to promote Jewish issues will launch next month, it has been announced.

The inaugural meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews will take place in Westminster on October 9 and will include the election of a chairman and officers.


Titanic butcher's lifeline

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 9, 2013

The premises of the former Merseyside kosher butcher that supplied the Titanic could be saved from demolition.

Galkoff’s green-tiled building in Liverpool city centre — considered of national importance by English Heritage — was under threat because of the development plans of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, which recently purchased the site.


Biblical names back in vogue for baby boys

By Sandy Rashty, September 3, 2013

Naming babies after biblical patriarchs has made a comeback in the UK, according to a list compiled by the Jewish Baby Directory website from around 1000 birth announcements in the JC.

The list reveals that the top 10 baby boy names for the Hebrew year 5773 are Jack, Samuel, Jacob, Joshua and Joseph, followed by Harry, James, Louis, Max and Raphael.


British trekker missing in Nepal

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2013

A British man has gone missing while trekking in Nepal.

George Abboudi, 22, was last heard from on August 5, before he left his group of friends to embark on a hike through the Annapurna Conservation Area, in the north of the country.

The trek was planned to last until August 16. Mr Abboudi then intended to board a flight to Thailand on August 21.


Women to lead prayers at partnership minyan

By Simon Rocker, September 2, 2013

A new Orthodox minyan where women can lead some of the prayers is to launch in Borehamwood in the autumn. It will be the first such minyan to be held on a regular basis in the UK and follows a one-off “partnership minyan” in Golders Green in June.