TV star cannot watch her show

By Leon Symons, October 28, 2010

A sixth-former will be telling Channel 4 viewers what a teenage girl has to do to observe Shabbat.

But North London Collegiate pupil Isabella Lenga, 16, will be unable to watch tonight's programme - because of her Shabbat observance.

Isabella, from Barnet, was one of five teenagers chosen to speak for five minutes on a topic important to them, having been recommended to the programme makers by FZY.


Religious party puts up Shabbat pay-wall

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 21, 2010

Interior Minister Eli Yishai has opened a new front in the battle between state and religion by ordering his ministry's website to close down its payment facilities on Shabbat.


Synagogue saved in New Zealand quake

September 7, 2010

The small Jewish community in Christchurch, New Zealand, is reeling from a massive earthquake last Shabbat.

The tremor did not affect the city's only shul but may have devastated Chabad house, in the worst-affected area. Rabbi Mendel Goldstein, director of Chabad NZ, has not been able to get close to the Chabad house because authorities have sealed the area, fearing after-shocks.

Rabbi Goldstein, whose dining room roof was blown off, went to the city's only shul, Canterbury Hebrew Congregation, just hours after the tremor.


I got much more than I bargained for upon the high seas

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2010

I recently returned from two sun-soaked weeks aboard a Mediterreanean cruise ship. As you would expect, I made sure that it had a strong sporting theme.

After seeing the caves, tunnels and monkeys of Gilbraltar, we moved on to Corsica and Cannes before the piece de resistance, Barcelona. Visiting the city for the first time, a few hours away from the wife and kids were spent at the Nou Camp, an experience that I will never forget.


Jerusalem prepares for Pop Idol clashes

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 19, 2010

Major clashes are expected next month in Jerusalem around the broadcast of the A Star is Born finale from the Sultan's Pool in Jerusalem.

The final of Israel's equivalent to Pop Idol is scheduled for Saturday night and strictly Orthodox rabbis object to it for fear that the preparations for the broadcast will take place on Shabbat, and that the heavy traffic expected will block the road for those planning to get to the Western Wall for the first night of selichot (penitential prayers said before the High Holy Days).


Bushey going back to school

By Jay Grenby, August 12, 2010

Bushey Synagogue congregants are praying that normal services can be resumed as soon as possible - and certainly by the High Holy-Days.

As part of phase two of the shul's £1.2 million refurbishment scheme, the main synagogue has been completely gutted.

So for the summer holiday period, the community has decamped for Shabbat services to Immanuel College, half-a-mile away.


Shtetl show for Leeds children

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

Leeds is opening a Jewish educational centre where children can take a walk through time into a 19th century eastern European shtetl.

The Jewish Heritage Centre for Children, due to open in October, is the brainchild of Leeds Lubavitch education director Shoshana Angyalfi and her project co-ordinator Ruth Bell, who gave the JC a sneak preview of the museum.


Shabbat service in Dundee

By Tara Dein, July 22, 2010

The small Dundee community held a Shabbat service for visitors to the British Open golf in St Andrews.

Dundee's Torah scrolls were transported to the Neil Anderson Conference Room at St Andrews where some two dozen people attended the event, organised and led by Harry Riffkin. Sharon Levy and Lisa Romalis were also involved in the service.


How to keep Shabbat if you are not Orthodox

By Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, February 11, 2010

If you walk into a Liberal synagogue, you will find an array of leaflets written by the movement’s rabbinate on all kinds of subjects: ageing, animal welfare, biblical criticism, ethical eating, the environment, genetic research, Jewish marriage, lesbian and gay Jews and same-sex relationships, miracles, and much more. But, to date, although Shabbat is a central feature of Liberal Jewish life, apart from the siddur, there is no Liberal Judaism publication on Shabbat.


Rest and renewal - a liberal guide to shabbat celebration

February 11, 2010

Celebrating Shabbat is about embracing the gifts of the seventh day. Here is a framework for doing just that:

We inhabit a 24/7 society — an endless round that never ceases for a moment. So, whether it is on Friday evening or Saturday afternoon, celebrate the beginning of your Shabbat by stopping whatever you are busy doing.

Work is essential, creativity is a special gift, but without rest, we are all slaves – so experience the liberation of getting off the treadmill and “switching off” in every sense.

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