synagogues

Hadley Wood's full treatment

By Simon Rocker, December 17, 2012

The United Synagogue has welcomed its newest community, Hadley Wood, which has become independent after operating for 17 years as a satellite of Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue.

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Cuts could cause police to set up services in synagogues

By Simon Rocker, December 13, 2012

If you are the victim of crime, you might one day have to go to your synagogue to report it.

The Metropolitan Police, forced to make cuts, is proposing to close public counters in many stations and set up reporting desks elsewhere, which could include community centres and places of worship.

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Entering the Hull of fame

By Marcus Dysch, December 10, 2012

Hull’s new rabbi is being credited with rejuvenating the city’s Hebrew Congregation.

Since Rabbi Naftoli Lifschitz began work at the Orthodox synagogue at Rosh Hashanah, there has been a surge in the numbers taking part in services and communal activities.

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Radlett remembers Celia Levy

By Jay Grenby, December 10, 2012

More than 200 people attended a Radlett Synagogue service to remember Celia Levy, wife of emeritus Radlett minister and past US president Elkan Levy. Mrs Levy died in Israel after a long illness on Rosh Hashanah, just shy of her 66th birthday.

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United Synagogue says yes to women leaders

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2012

Orthodox women in the UK have hailed an historic breakthrough after the chief rabbi and United Synagogue leaders cleared the way for them to become chairmen of synagogues.

Since US women were first permitted to become local synagogue officers in 2001, they have been restricted to the roles of vice-chair or financial representative.

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Concerns of Polish Orthodox seeking a monopoly on the community

By Zoe Winograd, November 30, 2012

The Progressive Judaism movement in Poland has alleged that it is under threat of being taken over by the country’s main Orthodox group.

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Brum shul is set for sale and rebuilding

By Cathy Forman, November 29, 2012

Birmingham Central Synagogue has received city council consent for the sale of the synagogue building to a care home developer — and for the conversion of its Malcolm Locker Hall into a modern shul for the 200 members.

The proceeds from the sale of half the Pershore Road site to Gracewell Properties will fund the £500,000 redevelopment project.

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Synagogue fundraising drive for homelessness charity

By Anna Sheinman, November 27, 2012

New West End and St John's Wood synagogues organised a fundraising drive to collect food and put together hygiene kits for homelessness charity Streetlytes.

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Complaining neighbours delay £2m Finchley Reform expansion

By Cathy Forman, November 26, 2012

A late deluge of neighbours’ objections is delaying Finchley Reform Synagogue’s plans for a £2 million expansion to its Fallow Court Avenue site.

FRS applied to Barnet Council for consent to update and extend its facilities. The application was deferred by a planning committee last week after more than 100 objections were lodged.

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Shul find brings recognition for wartime heroes

By Jay Grenby, November 19, 2012

Families of 11 Harrow Jewish servicemen who died during the Second World War have been brought together by the chance discovery of a long-lost memorial board at Pinner Synagogue.

The wooden memorial was found at the back of a rarely-accessed storeroom underneath a stairwell during refurbishment work.

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