Orthodox

Rabbi urges a bolder approach

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

One of Britain's most senior Orthodox ministers has called for bolder leadership, saying that too many rabbis are seen as "unworldly and uneducated".

Rabbi Dr Jeffrey Cohen's comments were made in a hard-hitting sermon at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue on Shabbat.

The former Stanmore minister cited a talmudic story connecting the destruction of the Temple to the failure of rabbis in Roman

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Reform mapping out future

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

The Movement for Reform Judaism has launched a strategic review to set its priorities over the next five-to-10 years.

An 18-page "green paper" published this week is being circulated to its synagogues, inviting members' views on where the central movement should put its annual £3 million budget.

Centred on a set of questions for discussion, the document is "not the way Jewish organisations

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How the other religions manage it

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

The Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth - to give the post its full title - has sometimes been seen as our equivalent to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Just as the archbishop heads the Church of England, the state's official church, so the chief rabbi leads UK's largest Jewish denomination.

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Tottenham riots: Jews hand out challah

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2011
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Members of Tottenham's strictly Orthodox community were filmed handing out Shabbat leftovers during Saturday's night of unrest in North London. For teh full story on this click here

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Big response to search for life-saving donor

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 4, 2011

A Manchester medical student who is spearheading a life-saving search for a bone marrow match for her father has signed more than 250 people to a donor register in three weeks.

Naomi Tomlinson, 23, from Cheadle, said a drive to identify a suitable transplant donor at Manchester Maccabi in Prestwich on Sunday was attended by 100 people.

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Golders Green school reaches final hurdle

By Robyn Rosen, August 4, 2011

Plans for a modern Orthodox free school in Golders Green are a step closer with the announcement that it has reached the final stage of the application process.

The Golders Green Jewish Primary School has met the criteria set by the government's free schools programme and is now through to the interview stage.

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Secular gather in tents, religious take to the streets

By Nathan Jeffay, August 4, 2011

The Israeli government has sparked fury in the Orthodox community after deciding to take possession of the burial place of sainted second-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

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Frum Facebook for the strictly kosher

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

If the film Social Network is anything to go by, one of the reasons Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg built his site was to help him meet women.

But seven years after Facebook started, another web developer has launched a site that does precisely the opposite.

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Man who revived European Jewry

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

Tributes have flowed in for one of British Jewry's best-known Orthodox activists, Aba Dunner, executive director of the Conference of European Rabbis, who died on Sunday aged 73.

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Easy riding settlers go West Bank to West Coast

By Nathan Jeffay, July 21, 2011

It is Easy Rider, settler-style.

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