synagogues

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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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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