Southend hopes Charedi influx will turn the tide

By Josh Jackman, September 16, 2016

Representatives of Charedim planning to settle on the Essex coast - a move which could revitalise the Southend and Westcliff community - addressed more than 250 people at a meeting at the local Orthodox shul on Sunday.

Soaring house prices in Stamford Hill have prompted Charedi families to consider the seaside resort as an alternative.


Sacked rabbi reinstated by popular demand

By Josh Jackman, May 15, 2015

Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Binyamin Bar, who was dismissed for alleged gross misconduct but has continued leading services at the behest of members, has been formally reappointed by the shul's new board.

Rabbi Bar accepted the contract handed to him by the lay leaders, who took office unopposed at Sunday's AGM.


Sacked rabbi is back in the pulpit as dispute rages on

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

The saga of sacked Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation rabbi Binyamin Bar took a new twist this week with the rabbi being allowed to conduct Shabbat services and the shul council issuing a statement giving fuller reasons for his dismissal.

Many among a higher than normal turnout at the Friday-night service lobbied for the minister - who is appealing against his dismissal - to be permitte


These dedicated knitters are top of the poppies

November 27, 2014

Southend and Westcliff Community Centre members Annie Lewis, 94, and Phyllis Jacobs, 84, have knitted over 800 poppies to mark Armistice Day, raising over £2,000 for the British Legion and local Jewish Care services.

To mark their contribution, a cele-bratory tea was held at which they were praised for their efforts.

Both women reside in independent living apartments in Jewish Care's Shebso


Driver gets a ticket as disabled try to board coach

By Sandy Rashty, September 2, 2013

A day trip to Southend for a group of elderly and disabled Jewish social club members ended in disappointment when their driver received a parking ticket as they boarded the coach. A traffic warden fined the coach driver as he waited for around 15 members of the Golders Green-based New Faces Club, supporting the physically handicapped, to get into the vehicle.


Essex Jewish News editor retires

September 20, 2012

Manny Robinson, a former Evening Standard journalist and Jewish Chronicle columnist, has retired as editor of the community newspaper in Redbridge, the Essex Jewish News, after 40 years.


Buyer found for closure-threatened Southend care home

By Barry Toberman, September 14, 2012

Jewish Care’s Southend residential home, Raymond House, looks set to be saved.


Southend's Raymond House closure put on hold

By Jessica Elgot, May 18, 2012

Supporters of the closure-threatened Jewish Care home in Southend have persuaded the charity to delay its plans in the hope of finding a buyer.

A working group of three representatives apiece of Jewish Care and the Southend community will explore the viability of keeping Raymond House open if sufficient investment can be generated.


Southend seeking a buyer to save home

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2012

Families of residents at the Southend home Jewish Care plans to close are pinning their hopes on finding a buyer.

Fifty relatives and community members attended a meeting last week with senior Jewish Care staff to discuss the future of Raymond House.

Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation vice-president Stephen Salt said afterwards that he was working with president Alan Gershlick to att


Loss-making Southend care home to close

By Jessica Elgot and Cathy Forman, May 3, 2012

Jewish Care's Raymond House residential home in Southend is to close as soon as places can be found elsewhere for its 25 residents.