Sephardim vote in new rabbinic head with massive majority

By Simon Rocker, May 9, 2013

Rabbi Joseph Dweck is to be the new senior rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation after winning a massive of vote of confidence from its membership.

They voted by 270 votes to four to endorse the executive’s choice of the 37-year-old rabbi, who has heads a Sephardi congregation in New York.


Federation shul is pushing to get women on board

By Simon Rocker, May 6, 2013

Edgware’s Yeshurun Synagogue is bidding to become the first Federation congregation to elect women to its board of management.

Yeshurun president Russell Grossman will propose the historic move at an extraordinary meeting next Wednesday.


Drifting Kingston goes for 'dynamic' Landau

By Jay Grenby, May 6, 2013

Kingston Synagogue will not be renewing the contract of minister Rabbi Michael Rosenfeld and is recommending Northwood Synagogue youth minister Rabbi Samuel Landau as his successor. Members will be asked to support the appointment at an EGM on Wednesday.


Swastikas in Sunderland shul as heritage row rumbles on

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2013

The building where Sunderland Jews once worshipped now stands blighted by drug dealers, arsonists and metal thieves. There are swastikas around its ark, daubed by illegal ravers who partied in the Grade II listed building.


Hendon shul joins Federation

By Simon Rocker, May 6, 2013

A newly established community in Hendon, Nishmas Yisroel, has joined the Federation of Synagogues.

Its rabbi, Dovid Tugendhaft, was previously minister of Ohr Yisroel, the Federation synagogue in Elstree.
Federation chief executive Eli Keinwald described Nishmas Yisroel as “the fastest growing minyan in north-west London.


New York synagogue terror plotter sent to jail

By Zoe Winograd, April 29, 2013

A man who planned to blow-up synagogues in New York has been sentenced to five years in jail.

Mohamed Mamdouh pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit terrorism and possessing criminal weapons last year. New York State Supreme Court issued the jail sentence on Friday.


Brought to a close in Bradford

By John Fisher, April 16, 2013

Some 100 congregants gathered on Sunday for a poignant farewell to Bradford Hebrew Congregation and the deconsecration of its Springhurst Road synagogue in Shipley.


UK rabbis unite to challenge global poverty

By Sandy Rashty, April 12, 2013

UK rabbis from across the community have joined together in signing a petition to alleviate global poverty and malnutrition.

A letter, recently published in the Financial Times, backing the Millennium Development Goals campaign to target extreme poverty, included signatories from the Liberal, Reform and strictly Orthodox movements.


Kingston honours four community champions

By Jay Grenby, April 1, 2013

Long-time members of the two Kingston synagogues have been honoured as community champions by the local mayor in an annual award scheme.


Building over the past in Beirut - a restored shul but a lost Jewish community

By Derek A Isaacs, March 28, 2013

Beirut’s Wadi Abu Jamil quarter, locally referred to as “Wadi al-Yahoud” (“Valley of the Jews”), has risen from the bombsites. But will the Jews return? Probably not.