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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


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.


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.


Edgware reform hosts Ukrainian 'twins'

By Jay Grenby, July 12, 2012

Edgware and District Reform Synagogue held an Odessa Week to celebrate a visit from members of its twin Ukrainian community, Emanu-El.


South West Essex and Settlement Reform appoints Rabbi Nancy Morris

July 5, 2012

Rabbi Nancy Morris will return to the UK in late summer to become South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue’s new minister.

She has been back in her native Canada serving a Calgary congregation following her time with Glasgow Reform Synagogue, where she was Scotland’s first female rabbi.


Three charged with synagogue burglary

By Marcus Dysch, July 5, 2012

Three people have been charged by police after an alleged burglary at a synagogue.

It is alleged that the trio — all of whom are Jewish — broke into the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green, north-west London, on Saturday and stole a set of car keys before taking a vehicle that was parked outside the shul.