Southend sizzler

June 1, 2016

Some £450 was raised when close to 100 men, wives and kids shmoozed with their friends at the celebrated Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation's Lag b`Omer 110th annual community gourmet barbecue. The guests, who enjoyed the culinary skills of master chef David Baker, joined in with several traditional live songs; and a young professionals kick-ball game.


Man arrested 'after kiddush herring row ended in stabbing'

By Henry Benjamin, April 19, 2016

One man has been charged by police and another is recovering in hospital following an alleged stabbing attack - after a disagreement over herring at a synagogue kiddush.

The incident took place last Shabbat at a shul in Melbourne, Australia.

The JC understands there was an argument between two men over either cake or herring.


Raising for the roof in Cotswolds

March 31, 2016

Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation members marked the completion of extensive repairs to its Grade II*-listed building with a rededication service.

Shul chair Jenny Silverston said the repairs were mainly to the lantern on top of the dome and to roof slates. "The project cost around £45,000. We had a £19,400 grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.


Newcastle united over future provision

March 10, 2016

Members of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation have overwhelmingly supported its leaders' plans to ensure the shul's future by downsizing.

More than 80 people - a third of the community - attended an information meeting on Monday where options for the long term were outlined by members of its planning committee.

Shul president Adrienne Ross said afterwards that the meeting had been "mostly


Writer in synagogue tirade against Labour peer

By JC Reporter, March 6, 2016

Controversial Israeli writer Tuvia Tenenbom launched a 10-minute tirade against Labour peer Lord Mendelsohn during an address to Finchley Synagogue on Shabbat.


West End Great Synagogue takes the Central line to share deal

By Simon Rocker, February 18, 2016

The independent West End Great Synagogue has found a new home after announcing its departure from Western Marble Arch Synagogue for financial reasons.

From the beginning of next month, the 362-member congregation will hold services a little further down the road at the Central Synagogue.


Feng shui your shul for a more spiritual service

By Simon Rocker, December 28, 2015

Rabbi Kaya Stern-Kaufman is not happy with the orderly rows of chairs facing her before her session starts.

Instead, she suggests her audience come up with a better arrangement.

“Tune into yourselves,” she counsels.

“You do know that we are in England,” one of the participants remarks. “We like to follow orders.”


East End synagogue is sold to its Muslim neighbours

By Simon Rocker, November 19, 2015

The sale of an old East End synagogue to a neighbouring mosque has been hailed as an example of positive relations between Jews and Muslims.

Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue, which shut earlier this year, has been bought by the adjacent East London Mosque, the largest in the country.

Judge Khurshid Drabu, a trustee of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation, noted that the synagogue had given their


Developer fuels shul relocation

By Naomi Firsht, November 12, 2015

A petrol station could be demolished to make way for a synagogue for a strictly Orthodox Manchester congregation. Shomrei Hadass hopes to move into part of a new development proposed for a Texaco garage site in Prestwich.


Highgate rebuilds for growing congregation

November 12, 2015

Highgate Synagogue is being rebuilt in a £2 million-plus project to provide modern, environmentally friendly premises for a membership that has almost tripled to 400 over the past three decades.