Now it's the medics saying: go to shul

By David Lazarus, June 23, 2016

If you are one of those High Holy Day-only shul-goers, you may want to consider bumping up your attendance levels - and, this time, the advice does not come from rabbis.

A new study by medical researchers at Harvard University says that the more you go to religious services, the higher the odds of living longer.


Rebuilt Radlett draws the crowds

By Jay Grenby, June 17, 2016

There was not a spare seat in the house at Radlett Synagogue on Shabbat morning for the first service in its long-awaited refurbished shul.

Congregants remarked on its increased comfort and improved acoustics, and chairman Alex Pomerance thanked the project's prime movers for providing such "a stunning place for us to pray and be inspired".

Although building work on Radlett's £2.4 million P


Oldest shul in US owned by congregation, says judge

By David Lazarus, June 12, 2016

A four-year legal battle over who owns America's oldest shul - the Touro - ended last month when a federal court ruled that the congregation currently using it was the rightful proprietor.


'£15m' rebuild is delayed for a stay- at-home New Year

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2016

South Hampstead Synagogue has delayed its multi-million pound rebuilding scheme until after the festivals in October.

The timing of the construction had raised the prospect of the community spending Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in temporary premises.

Although the projected cost is rumoured to have reached £15 million, shul chairman David Turner would not disclose a figure.

He did say tha


Shul's festival escorts

June 10, 2016

Extra police officers will be deployed in Manchester to help congregants get to Prestwich synagogues for Shavuot during a major music festival.

The Parklife festival will attract thousands of fans this weekend for a bill including Jess Glynne and the Chemical Brothers.

Organisers have worked with the police, the city council and the local Orthodox Jewish Liaison Committee to try to ensure sa


Shul advertises 'filled' post

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2016

Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue remains hopeful that the Canadian rabbi chosen to be its next leader will be able to join, despite the shul having re-advertised the position last week.

Members of the congregation were surprised to see an advert in the Orthodox press for the ministerial post, which has remained vacant since the retirement of Rabbi Pinchas Roberts in January 2015.

The congregat


Southend sizzler

June 1, 2016

Some £450 was raised when close to 100 men, wives and kids shmoozed with their friends at the celebrated Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation's Lag b`Omer 110th annual community gourmet barbecue. The guests, who enjoyed the culinary skills of master chef David Baker, joined in with several traditional live songs; and a young professionals kick-ball game.


Man arrested 'after kiddush herring row ended in stabbing'

By Henry Benjamin, April 19, 2016

One man has been charged by police and another is recovering in hospital following an alleged stabbing attack - after a disagreement over herring at a synagogue kiddush.

The incident took place last Shabbat at a shul in Melbourne, Australia.

The JC understands there was an argument between two men over either cake or herring.


Raising for the roof in Cotswolds

March 31, 2016

Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation members marked the completion of extensive repairs to its Grade II*-listed building with a rededication service.

Shul chair Jenny Silverston said the repairs were mainly to the lantern on top of the dome and to roof slates. "The project cost around £45,000. We had a £19,400 grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.


Newcastle united over future provision

March 10, 2016

Members of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation have overwhelmingly supported its leaders' plans to ensure the shul's future by downsizing.

More than 80 people - a third of the community - attended an information meeting on Monday where options for the long term were outlined by members of its planning committee.

Shul president Adrienne Ross said afterwards that the meeting had been "mostly