Shabbat

Changes delay eruv

By Jay Grenby, March 8, 2012

A planning application for a Mill Hill eruv is being resubmitted to Barnet Council in the light of small-scale amendments.

Conditional planning consent for the religious boundary, enabling the observant to push or carry items on Shabbat, was granted in July. But a number of relatively minor alterations to the route required a full re-submission of the proposal.

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Museum suspends Shabbat opening

By Jessica Elgot, January 5, 2012

The Jewish Museum has had a change of heart on Saturday opening and will be closed on Shabbat from this week.

In May, curator Rickie Burman said Saturday opening was geared to attracting non-Jewish visitors as part of the museum's brief to further interfaith understanding.

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Get me to the shul on time

By David Robson, November 21, 2011

My grandfather used to leave shul at the same time every Shabbos. I have a feeling it was 11.30 but that does seem a little early. Maybe it was closer to midday. Regardless of what was going on - praying, preaching, singing - we walked out and headed for the café where my grandmother was waiting. Enough was enough. In the afternoon, I would often go to watch Leeds United with my uncle, his son.

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What's with Friday nights?

By James Inverne, September 19, 2011

I'm annoyed with you, Jerry Seinfeld. The reason for my irritation, Jerry, would seem trivial to many, but to me, Jerry, it's a matter of principle - and it's something that has happened once too often. This was the straw that broke the camel's back, the touchpaper that lit the fuse, the…I'm aware, all too aware, that I'm coming across a bit like George Costanza. I don't care.

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Bikes, babies and Shabbat lunch

By Anna Sheinman, September 16, 2011

Having only made it to a JSoc Friday night dinner twice in my first year at Cambridge, I was flattered but somewhat surprised to be invited by the Jewish Chaplain to his house for Shabbat lunch.

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Scroll of honour for Alyth

June 16, 2011

North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green has taken possession of the first newly written Sefer Torah in its 78-year history.

The scroll was written in London and funded by members' contributions ranging from £1 to £400.

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New chapter for up and coming leaders

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Ten up and coming Manchester Jewish community leaders were given a reading list by the Chief Rabbi during a weekend in London when they met top communal personalities.

Manchester UJIA United Jewish Leadership Group members spent Shabbat with Rafi Zarum, head of the London School of Jewish Studies, hearing how he had helped to turn around the former Jews' College.

The group then split between Masorti's New North London Synagogue, Finchley Synagogue and the North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green.

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Joe Lieberman quits politics to write Jewish book

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2011

The first viable Jewish candidate for vice president of the United States is to write a book about the religion.

Senator Joe Lieberman, who narrowly lost out on the White House when he and his running-mate Al Gore were beaten by George W Bush in the 2000 presidential election, is working on a book about Shabbat.

Mr Lieberman, who is observant, announced he would not stand for re-election in Connecticut when his term expires next year.

Instead, he will focus on writing, with David Klinghoffer, “Gift of Rest”, a contemplation of his Jewish faith.

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Here, Shabbat goes out with an AK47

By Ellen Tumposky, January 27, 2011

The Jewish community in Richmond, Virginia, is up in arms over a video posted on YouTube showing Orthodox worshippers passing around an AK-47 at prayers marking the end of Shabbat.

The video, made on January 8 - the day Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Arizona - shows Asher Meza, an Orthodox convert, admiring the gun with other Jews worshipping at the home of Rabbi Joseph Kolakowski.

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Sephardi minyan has popular launch

By Jay Grenby, November 18, 2010

A first monthly Shabbat service for a Sephardi minyan at Stanmore Synagogue attracted a congregation of close on 50 men and boys. The majority were Sephardim, with a sprinkling of "curious and enthusiastically engaged Ashkenazi members", reported Nissan Moradoff, the driving force behind the venture.

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