Rosh Hashanah

Rabbi is off for New Year

By Cathy Forman, October 10, 2011

The recently married Glasgow Reform Synagogue minister was absent at Rosh Hashanah due to ill health.

Rabbi Nancy Morris, who went on sick leave in early August, married congregant Jim Jarvie in the Newton Mearns-based synagogue at the end of that month.

"We need to get her back in healthy mode as soon as possible and back on the bimah," Mr Jarvie said.


Elstree goes surveying

October 6, 2011

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue is undertaking a far-reaching survey of its 1,300-plus member families, targeting every age demographic.

Led by the shul's strategic planning group, it began on the shul premises over Rosh Hashanah, with teaser banners bearing slogans such as: "If our community won the lottery, how should we spend it?"

On Yom Kippur, members will be asked to donate their "th


Tragedy in Uman as student dies

By Nissan Tzur, October 6, 2011

This year's annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage to the Ukrainian town of Uman, where Rabbi Nahman of Breslov is buried, has produced both tragedy and conflict with the Ukrainian authorities.

On the first day of Rosh Hashanah a 19-year-old yeshivah student, Eli Eliyah from Netanya, drowned after he was swept away in a pool of water in an abandoned mineshaft just outside Uman.


Students blow old shofar record away

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

Canadian schoolchildren have broken the world record for shofar blowing.

Pupils at the Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto gathered before Rosh Hashanah to blow 1,406 shofars simultaneously.

The feat is almost double that of a 2006 effort in Boston, when a paltry 796 rams' horns were tooted.


We have to work together

By Vivian Wineman, October 3, 2011

As the Jewish community in Britain takes stock before the New Year, we can say with Charles Dickens that these are the best of times and the worst of times. In some ways our community has never been so fortunate. Jews enjoy prominence in the media, business, academe, the law, medicine and the professions generally and do so while being openly Jewish.


Hall of Fame: Paulo Coelho

October 3, 2011

"A new year is a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within. Shana Tova."


Beyond the power of the Almighty?

By James Masters, September 28, 2011

It has been a tough week in the sports department at the JC office with a certain Mr Caro still reeling from North London Raiders dismal start to the season.

It probably doesn’t help when you’re subjected to chants of ‘Danny Dire’ or ‘Caro out’ each time you walk in and out although it’s certainly entertaining to watch.


How to dip your Apple in honey

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2011

Just another use for your iPad.


Shana Tovah from President Obama

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2011

A Rosh Hashanah message from President Obama.


Hague wishes Jewish world a peaceful New Year

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

The Foreign Secretary has joined leaders of the main parties in wishing the Jewish community "in the UK and around the world" a happy new year.