Northampton shul's Lottery win

February 11, 2013

Northampton Hebrew Congregation has received an £8,000-plus All Our Stories grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to further education about the town’s Jewish heritage, which dates back to the 12th century.


Struggling to find a student minyan? Start your own

By Anna Sheinman, February 7, 2013

Studying in the capital can pose a challenge for Jewish students — particularly those who are observant, live in north west London and cannot attend Jewish Society synagogue services in the city centre.

UCL business management student Benjy Trent found himself in such a situation. He spent his gap year in Israel and grew accustomed to praying every day with people his own age at yeshivah.


Fee rise could shut Southport shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 4, 2013

Southport Hebrew Congregation has warned that it might have to sell its synagogue if Sefton Council passes a controversial “funeral tax”.

The congregation — which has an average age of 73 — uses the council-run cemetery in Duke Street. The council proposes to increase burial plot costs from £750 to £900 to generate additional income.


Manchester shuls move after blaze

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 28, 2013

A fire which broke out in Manchester’s Jewish Cultural Centre minutes before Shabbat forced synagogues to find alternative premises last Friday evening.

Strip-lighting ignited at around 4pm at the Machon Levi Yitzchok Chabad synagogue at the four-storey centre in Prestwich.


Rabbi Fine to leave Cockfosters

By Simon Rocker, January 28, 2013

One of the United Synagogue’s longest serving ministers, Rabbi Yisroel Fine of Cockfosters and North Southgate, is to retire at the end of December after reaching the age of 65.

In a letter to his North London community, he said that he had decided it would be “the right time to leave” after 27 years’ service.


Objectors force withdrawal of Finchley Reform's £2m plan

By Cathy Forman, January 28, 2013

Finchley Reform Synagogue has withdrawn its planning application to Barnet Council for a £2 million expansion to its Fallow Court Avenue site following objections from neighbours.


Site of Penzance synagogue saved from sale

By Anna Sheinman, January 24, 2013

The threatened sale of the site of the historic synagogue in Penzance, Cornwall will not go ahead after a decision by the local council.

Market Jew Street in Penzance is home to the crumbled remains of what used to be the centre of a thriving Jewish community.


Neuberger ‘backdoor euthanasia’ inquiry

By Anna Sheinman, January 17, 2013

Baroness Julia Neuberger, rabbi of West London Synagogue, is to chair the review of the controversial palliative care method known as the Liverpool Care Pathway.

The Liverpool Care Pathway is a checklist for medical professionals to assist patients to a humane and pain-free death, developed over 10 years ago by pain-care specialists in Liverpool.


St Albans shul fills 50-year gap

By Jay Grenby, January 14, 2013

St Albans Synagogue is set to have its first rabbi and rebbetzin in 50 years.

Subject to the approval of members at an EGM on Sunday, part-time positions will be taken up by Brazilian-born Rabbi Elimelech Vanzetta and his wife, Rachel, a qualified teacher and counsellor.


Letter from Moldova: ‘Antisemitism allegation is Jewish business project’

By Petru Clej, January 3, 2013

On the wall of an inconspicuous building in a side street in Chisinau, the capital of the former Soviet Republic of Moldova, a plaque reads: “Glaziers synagogue — middle of the 19th century.”

This is the only remaining working synagogue in a city which boasted 77 synagogues before 1940.