synagogues

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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When it comes to Shabbat worship, we have too much choice

By Angela Epstein, February 8, 2014

Election talk. It’s everywhere you go. No, not that election — well, not in my quiet corner of north Manchester. I’m talking about the election of a new rabbi currently taking place at my shul.

Well, actually, it’s not really an election. More of an audition, since we seem to have adopted a hustings-style approach to trying out potential candidates for size.

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Mystery over fate of Bury Torah

By Simon Rocker, February 7, 2014

A Manchester synagogue is still to explain what it has done with a historic Sefer Torah that was loaned to it nearly 50 years ago.

The Czech Scrolls Memorial Trust contacted Bury Hebrew Congregation last summer to ask for its return.

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Brondesbury getting bookish for rabbi's 10th

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2014

Every youngster in the Brondesbury Park Synagogue community will receive a Jewish or Israel themed book each year as part of an initiative celebrating the 10th anniversary of Rabbi Baruch Levin’s leadership.

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New London's 50th

By Simon Rocker, January 27, 2014

The New London Synagogue in St John’s Wood launched its jubilee celebrations on Sunday with a civic service incorporating the induction of chazan, Cantor Jason Green.

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New London's 50th

By Simon Rocker, January 27, 2014

The New London Synagogue in St John’s Wood launched its jubilee celebrations on Sunday with a civic service incorporating the induction of chazan, Cantor Jason Green.

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Synagogue cancels talk by 'Down's Syndrome is a punishment' rabbi

By Simon Rocker, January 24, 2014

A Sephardi congregation has cancelled a talk by a rabbi who believes that Down’s Syndrome and autism are punishments for sins committed in a previous life.

Israeli-born Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi, who runs an outreach organisation in the United States, was due to speak at Od Yosef Hai in Hendon, north London next month.

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Leeds looking to be in the dough with new bakery

By John Fisher, January 20, 2014

The Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue in Leeds is going into the bakery business to satisfy a local kosher need.
BHH intends to open a bakery by the end of March — with a coffee shop to follow after Pesach — in the entrance area of the synagogue complex in what was once the home of the defunct drama group, Limelight. It will stock artisan bread and challah and pastries and cakes.

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Help for flood victims in Maidenhead

By Charlotte Oliver, January 20, 2014

The flooding in the Thames Valley areas has impacted on Maidenhead Synagogue and its members. Some have been unable to attend shul because they could not leave their flooded properties.

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Putting trust in historic Bevis Marks

By Simon Rocker, January 13, 2014

Britain’s oldest synagogue, Bevis Marks, is set to enjoy a more prominent spot on the tourist map after being recognised by the National Trust.

The 300-year-old Sephardi synagogue has been accepted as a partner of the trust, which will now promote it as a place of interest.

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