Rabbi Fine to leave Cockfosters

By Simon Rocker, January 28, 2013

One of the United Synagogue’s longest serving ministers, Rabbi Yisroel Fine of Cockfosters and North Southgate, is to retire at the end of December after reaching the age of 65.

In a letter to his North London community, he said that he had decided it would be “the right time to leave” after 27 years’ service.


Objectors force withdrawal of Finchley Reform's £2m plan

By Cathy Forman, January 28, 2013

Finchley Reform Synagogue has withdrawn its planning application to Barnet Council for a £2 million expansion to its Fallow Court Avenue site following objections from neighbours.


Site of Penzance synagogue saved from sale

By Anna Sheinman, January 24, 2013

The threatened sale of the site of the historic synagogue in Penzance, Cornwall will not go ahead after a decision by the local council.

Market Jew Street in Penzance is home to the crumbled remains of what used to be the centre of a thriving Jewish community.


Neuberger ‘backdoor euthanasia’ inquiry

By Anna Sheinman, January 17, 2013

Baroness Julia Neuberger, rabbi of West London Synagogue, is to chair the review of the controversial palliative care method known as the Liverpool Care Pathway.

The Liverpool Care Pathway is a checklist for medical professionals to assist patients to a humane and pain-free death, developed over 10 years ago by pain-care specialists in Liverpool.


St Albans shul fills 50-year gap

By Jay Grenby, January 14, 2013

St Albans Synagogue is set to have its first rabbi and rebbetzin in 50 years.

Subject to the approval of members at an EGM on Sunday, part-time positions will be taken up by Brazilian-born Rabbi Elimelech Vanzetta and his wife, Rachel, a qualified teacher and counsellor.


Letter from Moldova: ‘Antisemitism allegation is Jewish business project’

By Petru Clej, January 3, 2013

On the wall of an inconspicuous building in a side street in Chisinau, the capital of the former Soviet Republic of Moldova, a plaque reads: “Glaziers synagogue — middle of the 19th century.”

This is the only remaining working synagogue in a city which boasted 77 synagogues before 1940.


London synagogue quits strictly Orthodox union over Halpern

By Simon Rocker, January 2, 2013

A north-west London synagogue has quit the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations in protest at its handling of allegations against a senior rabbi of inappropriate conduct with women.


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.