synagogues

Security group advises vigilance around shuls in wake of attacks

By Sandy Rashty, November 19, 2014

Security levels around UK synagogues have been raised in the wake of the terrorist attack on a Jerusalem shul yesterday and the stabbing of Charedi man in Antwerp on Saturday.

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The shul that time forgot

By Isabel De Bertodano, November 6, 2014

One night last week as I was walking through central Lublin with a group of Jews from London, an Orthodox rabbi among us was approached by an excited, middle aged man wearing a black hoodie.

Pawel Matraszek accosted the rabbi, speaking in German and then Yiddish. "I can't believe it, a real Jewish rabbi is here," he said.

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Pioneering gay rabbi dies

By Rosa Doherty, October 27, 2014

Rabbi Sheila Shulman of London's gay and lesbian synagogue, Beit Klal, has died.

Rabbi Shulman was one of the first openly gay rabbis to be ordained in the UK.

She applied to Leo Baeck College as a lesbian feminist in 1984 and in 1989 she was ordained.

Rabbi Shulman died on Saturday October 25 aged 77.

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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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