synagogues

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs to rebuild Manchester synagogue

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 2, 2014

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs will rebuild a synagogue as part of a multi-million pound property deal agreed today.

The former Manchester United footballers, who own the Jackson’s Row Development Company, have finalised an agreement to turn Manchester Reform Synagogue into a community complex.

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We don't repossess the shul, we just destroy it

By Lawrence Joffe, August 7, 2014

Down the road from more famous, 16th century Paradesi Synagogue of Cochin, south-west India, stands a dilapidated yet even older house of worship.

The Kadavumbhagom Synagogue was founded in 1551 and once housed a Talmud Torah and an adult yeshivah. But it was sold off when most congregants emigrated to Israel decades ago.

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Britain's senior Sephardi rabbi Joseph Dweck starts work

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2014

Rabbi Joseph Dweck takes up his role as senior rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation today.

Since being elected to the position last year, Rabbi Dweck has been preparing to begin work in a full time capacity.

He will be joined in London by his wife, Margalit, and four of his five children.

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Austria's oldest shul? It's a garage

By Toby Axelrod, July 3, 2014

A group of activists in the Austrian town of Korneuburg is trying to rescue what is likely to be their country's oldest remaining synagogue.

The 100 sq m stone building, built in the 14th century and last used as a synagogue before the pogroms in the 14th century, is currently used as garage.

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Lounging in Brum

June 9, 2014

More than 100 people attended the opening of the Vanessa Rose Youth and Community Lounge at Birmingham Central Synagogue.

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Hendon shul is a crowd-pleaser on opening day

June 9, 2014

Federation of Synagogues Beth Din head Dayan Yisroel Lichtenstein spoke at the formal opening of the premises of the movement’s newest congregation, Nishmas Yisroel in Hendon.

Around 1,000 people visited during the day for davening, kiddush, a brit and lunch.

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Chatham shul in major art launch

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2014

An independent synagogue in the south-east of England has launched a national arts campaign, in a bid to bring more attention to regional Jewish communities.

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The town on the front line of the battle for survival

By Naomi Firsht, May 22, 2014

Jack Album gives Reading Jewish community a decade before it disappears off the map, and he should know.

The 74-year-old has lived in the Berkshire town all his life. His family were founding members of the Orthodox Reading Hebrew Congregation in 1887, four generations back. He remembers when the synagogue had 400 members and the town supported a kosher butcher and a greengrocer.

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Shul-goers rescue family from blazing car

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2014

Shul-goers rescued a family from a burning car moments before it exploded in a giant fireball.

Four members of the unnamed family were helped to safety after congregants heard their screams for help outside the Ahavas Torah building in Stamford Hill, north London.

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The secrets of successful synagogues

By Simon Rocker, February 16, 2014

The gap between practice and belief among UK Jews was again demonstrated in the new National Jewish Community Survey carried out by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.

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