synagogues

Four north London cheders form partnership

By Jay Grenby, October 4, 2012

A pluralistic Progressive cheder in Harrow is the first stage of a partnership between four north London synagogues.

More than 100 youngsters from the Middlesex New and Kol Chai Reform congregations, Harrow and Wembley Progressive and Hatch End Masorti have joined the cheder, based initially at the Middlesex New’s Bessborough Road premises. The age range of pupils is from five to 18.

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It's time for tee in Watford

By Jay Grenby, September 20, 2012

Avid golfers among the Watford Synagogue membership who have been playing together socially on a regular basis have decided to put their sporting relationship on a more formal level by establishing the Wads Golf Society.

The group plays on Sunday mornings at Aldenham Golf Club and other local venues. It would welcome new members, including players who are not members of the shul.

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Teen trio broke into synagogue and stole car

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

Three Jewish teenagers burgled a synagogue on a Shabbat and stole a congregant’s car.

They entered the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green, north-west London, and took the keys for the vehicle, which was parked outside.

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B'nai B'rith Heritage Days roll out nationally

September 6, 2012

The twelth annual European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage got off to a flying start on Sunday with a wide range of events.

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Just Friends launches in Edgware

By Jay Grenby, September 6, 2012

Edgware and District Reform Synagogue has launched a social group for those who work during the day but are on their own in the evenings and at weekends.

Called Just Friends, it plans to hold monthly meetings and encourage members — the majority between the ages of 45 and 70 — to arrange companionship for activities such as cinema or theatre visits, eating out, or holidays.

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From jazz piano to shul pulpit at Shomrei Hadass

By Simon Rocker, September 6, 2012

The Jazz Singer is a classic film about a young chazan who abandons the synagogue for the music hall. Rabbi Daniel Glass has gone in precisely the opposite direction.

The new rabbi of Shomrei Hadass Federation Synagogue in Hampstead was a jazz pianist who used to play at Ronnie Scott’s.

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Cardiff offers snapshot of a diverse community

By Anna Sheinman, August 30, 2012

Illustrated life stories of 59 Cardiff Jewish community members are on display at a local museum as part of the Hineni exhibition organised by Cardiff Reform Synagogue.

“Hineni” is Hebrew for “Here I am” and organiser Colin Heyman says the potted histories and intimate pictures “celebrate the diversity of Jews”.

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West London ‘theft’ case collapses in court

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2012

The case against a woman accused of stealing tens of thousands of pounds from one of the country’s largest synagogues has collapsed after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to pursue it.

The former accountant of West London Synagogue, Anne Allen, had been due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on Wednesday after a two-year investigation.

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Honorary officers resign at Borehamwood Synagogue

By Jay Grenby, August 9, 2012

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue members, along with United Synagogue leaders, were dismayed to hear that three of the shul’s four honorary officers have resigned.

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Synagogue treasurer who fell to his death was 'severely anxious'

By Marcus Dysch and Tristan Kirk, August 9, 2012

A synagogue treasurer who died after falling from an office window had been struggling with severe mental health problems.

Jack Shemtob, who was 53, fell from the sixth floor of the Transport for London (TfL) offices where he worked in south-east London.

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