synagogues

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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Historic Scottish shul acts in self-preservation

By Cathy Forman, November 16, 2012

Garnethill Hebrew Congregation has “gifted” ownership of its historic Glasgow city centre building to the Garnethill Synagogue Preservation Trust to save members from having to foot a £50,000 repair bill.

Built in 1879, the Scottish Grade A-listed “cathedral” synagogue was damaged by storms in January.

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Bradford synagogue closes

By John Fisher, November 16, 2012

Close on 200 people attended the final service at Bradford Synagogue, bringing a 106-year history to an end.

The service was conducted by Carl Evans, who led the congregation in a rendition of Adon Olam sung to the tune of We’ll Meet Again.

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Demonstrators support Beth Alexander

By Anna Sheinman, November 15, 2012

“AUSTRIAN JUSTICE STINKS” read one of the placards held by a 40-strong group of protesters outside Wembley Synagogue on Sunday night.

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Six-member Grimsby shul reopens after roof repairs

By Sandy Rashty, October 25, 2012

Non-Jewish supporters of the tiny Grimsby congregation have helped raise the £12,500 for repairs to its synagogue roof, which was on the point of collapse.

The 124-year-old community, which has just six active members, will next week hold its first Friday-night service since the completion of the work.

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Shul studying the New Testament

October 18, 2012

A shul adult education programme is being devoted to the New Testament.

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Kollel scheme is set to bridge educational gap in Yorkshire

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 18, 2012

A free, adult Jewish learning facility is being planned for Leeds.

The intention is for the Leeds community kollel to mirror projects in London and Manchester by funding 10 Orthodox families to move to the city to undertake rabbinic studies in a dedicated venue. The scheme would also support weekly lectures and text-based learning within Orthodox synagogues.

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Israeli rabbi steals torahs from his own synagogue

By Anna Sheinman, October 17, 2012

An Israeli rabbi was convicted of stealing torah scrolls from his own congregation and replacing scrolls with rolls of paper.

Rabbi Yehuda Rosilio, of the Sephardi synagogue in the small Negev town of Moshav Brosh near Be’er Sheva, was found guilty of aggravated theft; fraud; fraud under aggravated circumstances; breach of trust and an affront to religion

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Teenage shul burglars get four months

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2012

Two teenagers who burgled a synagogue and stole the keys to a congregant’s car have been ordered to spend four months in a young offenders’ institute.

David Gutweith, 18, and Uriel Broder, 19, entered the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green, north west London, and rifled through lockers.

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