Meteorite damages Siberia shul

By Ray Filar, February 21, 2013

The meteorite that sent rock fragments raining down over Russia last Friday, injuring more than 500 people, damaged a Siberian shul during morning prayers.

Congregants were hurt and windows smashed at the Federation shul in the city of Chelyabinsk, 950 miles east of Moscow.


Blackpool shul is back on sale

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2013

Blackpool Synagogue is back on sale for £130,000 after the developer who purchased it last year decided to use only land at the back of the building for a luxury apartment project.

Thomson Property Investments bought the 1916 Grade II-listed building, overlooked by Blackpool Tower, after members of the dwindling community decided to call it a day.


Shuls at war over Torah bells

By Sebastien Malo, February 14, 2013

The sale of a pair of antique Torah bells, valued at several million pounds, has sparked a legal battle between two longstanding East Coast congregations that could lead to the expulsion of one of them from its synagogue.

The Shearith Israel and Jeshuat Israel congregations both claim that they own the bells, along with the historic synagogue that houses them.


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.