Shabbat

Shabbat meals for central London students

By Naomi Firsht, June 4, 2015

Students in London will have a new option when it comes to Friday night dinners, thanks to the University Jewish Chaplaincy service.

From October, the group will host Shabbat meals at synagogues in the capital in co-ordination with the Union of Jewish Students.

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Too much technology can switch off Shabbat

By Rabbi Ariel Abel, June 4, 2015

In recent months social media was buzzing with news of a revolutionary invention for Jewish homes: the KosherSwitch. A new frontier has been pushed back in halachic history - no longer may it be forbidden to turn on the electric lights on Shabbat and festivals. For observant Jews, reining in the everyday impulse to flick on a switch is a central pillar of how Shabbat is different from a weekday.

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Woman wins £16,000 damages after firm wouldn't hire her because she wanted to observe Shabbat

By JC Reporter, June 1, 2015

A Jewish woman has been awarded more than £16,000 in damages by an employment tribunal after being rejected for a job because she would not work on Shabbat.

Aurelie Fhima said her application to work at a Manchester-based car rental firm was turned down after she revealed she was Shabbat observant and could not work on Saturdays.

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Sharing VE Day stories in London and Leeds

By Jay Grenby, May 18, 2015

Harrow's Mosaic Reform community marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day with a themed Shabbat morning service led by Rabbi Kathleen de Magtige-Middleton.

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Students' capital home-from-home

By Naomi Firsht, May 7, 2015

Jewish students often look to Hillels or Jewish halls of residence to provide a home-from-home experience while at university. Yet in London, hub of the UK community, there are none serving the estimated 2,000 Jewish students.

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Why doctors can heal on Shabbat

By Dr Nina Collins, February 19, 2015

None of us would think twice about a Jewish doctor rushing off to hospital to perform an emergency operation on a Saturday morning rather than going to shul. We take it for granted that pikuach nefesh, saving life, takes precedence over the prohibitions against work on Shabbat.

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Arsenal star's Shabbat

By Josh Jackman, November 20, 2014

German World-Cup winning footballer Per Mertesacker has revealed that a visit to Auschwitz as a teenager was one of the most memorable moments of his life. "Me and my schoolmates hugged each other for the first time in our lives.

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Shabbat UK has made history

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, October 30, 2014

We set our expectations high - and British Jewry exceeded them.

We are still under the spell of a mesmerising and historic weekend.

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Shabbat UK: 'It's been a game-changer for involvement'

By Josh Jackman, October 30, 2014

Shabbat UK has been hailed as a "game-changer" by the rabbi who volunteered to coordinate the nationwide celebration.

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We're all thriving in these baking conditions

By Simon Rocker, October 30, 2014

More than 3,000 women - and a few men - gave an extraordinary start to the Chief Rabbi's Shabbat UK by participating in the world's largest challah-make.

The response was so great that there were nearly 800 on the waiting list for the date with the dough at Allianz Park in north London, home of Saracens Rugby Club.

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