Shabbat

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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Shabbat UK: Lighting up Edgware

October 30, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis started off his own Shabbat UK at Edgware Synagogue, where hundreds danced around the shul during the Kabbalat Shabbat service.

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Shabbat UK: Small shuls reap rewards for thinking big

October 30, 2014

Smaller shuls made big efforts to involve as many members as possible in Shabbat UK. For example, at Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue, some 200 people - a large proportion of the membership - accepted invitations to Friday night dinners hosted by 17 congregants plus minister Rabbi Samuel Landau and his wife, Rachel.

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Shabbat UK: Belmont brings cutting edge to its programme

By Jay Grenby, October 30, 2014

Shabbat UK had been "the most incredible weekend", Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis told an audience of 350 at a communal lunch at Belmont Synagogue, north London. When the idea had been proposed, he "never dreamt the initiative would be such an amazing success".

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