Join a shul? Why some do and some don't

August 11, 2016

Read Jennifer Lipman's comment piece Why should I belong to a shul? here

Itamar, 29, Borehamwood

"I joined because I didn't actually have a choice. We were getting married in London and even though we weren't getting married in the synagogue, to get married by the rabbi I still had to join the shul that my fiancee's family belonged to.


Government earmarks new money to combat hate crime

By Daniel Sugarman, July 25, 2016

The government is to set up a new £2.4 million fund to pay for protection of UK religious institutions, it has been announced.

The Home Office had said that the money was for “protective security at synagogues, mosques, churches and other places of worship”.

But a spokesperson made clear on Tuesday that, contrary to prior reports, synagogues would not be included within the scheme.


Southend thanks CST stewards

July 25, 2016

Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation held its annual security stewards' Shabbat to honour those volunteers who protect the community. There was a dedicated service followed by a kiddush also in their honour.


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