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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.