synagogues

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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A crying child is worth 20 points in my new in-shul spotting game

By NW Jew, June 21, 2012

In a vain attempt to maintain his normally even temper, my father would begin a long drive in our Rover 75, or indeed any tedious activity likely to last more than two hours, by presenting each of his children with an I-Spy book. Readers who grew up in 1960s Britain will recall I-Spy books.

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St Albans Masorti Synagogue moves into new home

By Jay Grenby, May 31, 2012

St Albans Masorti Synagogue opened the doors to its first permanent home, 21 years after the congregation’s establishment.

Many of the 200 members attended the first Shabbat services in the new premises — a former industrial unit just south of the city centre.

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Kiddush can't keep our community alive

By Laura Marks, May 17, 2012

I was in Carluccio's in St John's Wood having breakfast, planning a fundraiser. It was for the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies but it might have been for any one of the plethora of Jewish organisations. The restaurant was full of women ready for the gym - dynamic, educated, powerful women.

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Plymouth shul celebrates 250 years of British history

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

The hidden area between a municipal car park and two alleyways off a bustling Plymouth street may seem a peculiar location for the oldest functioning Ashkenazi synagogue in the English-speaking world.

Indeed, many British Jews do not know of the existence of the magnificent, ornate, Grade II listed Plymouth Synagogue that is currently celebrating its 250th anniversary.

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