London synagogue considers pulling out of Orthodox body

By Simon Rocker, December 27, 2012

A north-west London synagogue is considering leaving the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations amid the controversy over a Golders Green rabbi accused of inappropriate behaviour with women.

Leaders of the North Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue in Hendon want to amend its constitution so that it can quit the Union if members wish.


Salford pensioner killed on way to shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 17, 2012

A Salford pensioner died after being hit by a car while walking to synagogue with family members on the first night of Chanucah.

Chaim Steinberg, 83, was struck by a dark Citroen on Saturday as he made his way to the Manchester Kollel synagogue near his home. He died later in hospital. Police have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.


United Synagogue raises spending on youth

By Simon Rocker, December 17, 2012

Significantly increased investment in youth, education and community development is planned by the United Synagogue next year.

Central support for the Tribe youth organisation and education is due to rise from an anticipated £617,000 this year to £809,000 in 2013.

Community development funding is set to increase from £552,000 to £614,000.


Lord Levy keeps Stoke Newington centenary in the family

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2012

Lord Levy’s “emotional” family connection to the Walford Road Synagogue in Stoke Newington was a feature of the independent Orthodox congregation’s centenary dinner on Monday.


Shrubs growing at 75

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 17, 2012

A Manchester synagogue which owes its establishment to a pre-war discussion in a pub celebrates its 75th anniversary this weekend.

The Prestwich Hebrew Congregation founding members “met in the George pub in Prestwich feeling there was need for a shul in the neighbourhood, which wasn’t a Jewish one at the time,” explained 91-year-old Issy Mintz, a member for 61 years.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.