synagogues

Leicester starts the sales to secure a viable future

By Cathy Forman and Sue Jacobs, October 11, 2011

Leicester Hebrew Congregation's city centre synagogue and communal hall are up for sale.

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Rabbi is off for New Year

By Cathy Forman, October 10, 2011

The recently married Glasgow Reform Synagogue minister was absent at Rosh Hashanah due to ill health.

Rabbi Nancy Morris, who went on sick leave in early August, married congregant Jim Jarvie in the Newton Mearns-based synagogue at the end of that month.

"We need to get her back in healthy mode as soon as possible and back on the bimah," Mr Jarvie said.

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Rabbi search for SW Essex

October 6, 2011

South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue held a community meeting as the first step in the process of appointing a new minister.

Rabbi Michael Pertz is currently on sick leave and will be departing from the Newbury Park congregation at the end of October.

During the festival period, services are being led by the shul's emeritus rabbis, Henry Goldstein and Maurice Michaels.

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Elstree goes surveying

October 6, 2011

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue is undertaking a far-reaching survey of its 1,300-plus member families, targeting every age demographic.

Led by the shul's strategic planning group, it began on the shul premises over Rosh Hashanah, with teaser banners bearing slogans such as: "If our community won the lottery, how should we spend it?"

On Yom Kippur, members will be asked to donate their "th

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Eastern Europe splits ' destroy Jewry'

By Simon Rocker, October 6, 2011

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communism gave a new lease to Jewish life in eastern Europe.

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Jail term for synagogue office fraudster

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

A synagogue office worker has been jailed for eight months for stealing more than £36,000 from her community to fund a luxury lifestyle.

Susan Rudette spent the money she took from the United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds on a new kitchen, Sky TV subscription, holidays, mobile phone bills and cars.

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Big Tent appeals for £80,000 for event

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 6, 2011

Northern synagogues have used Rosh Hashanah as a call to find £80,000 for the Big Tent Israel advocacy conference being organised in Manchester.

Whitefield Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, who is behind the November 27 gathering, used his sermon to call for "galvanising the quarter of a million Jews who live in this country" and to "leverage that into several million non-Jews, w

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Police and CST finalise festival security

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

The Community Security Trust is working with police forces and congregations around the country to ensure an "appropriate response" to any problems at and around synagogues over the High Holy-Days.

"We deeply appreciate the co-operation of our community in all of this," said the CST's Mark Gardner.

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Quake-hit congregation rents house for New Year

By Dan Goldberg, September 27, 2011

The small Jewish community in earthquake-ravaged Christchurch will celebrate Rosh Hashanah in a rental property because part of the city's only synagogue needs to be demolished and rebuilt.

Canterbury Hebrew Congregation acting president Bettina Wallace said in a recent report to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which donated $US20,000 to the community's earthquake appeal, that

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Take the rabbis' word for it - it's hard work

By Simon Rocker and Anna Sheinman, September 27, 2011

It was just a week before Rosh Hashanah and Rabbi Cliff Cohen, minister to the small Thanet Reform community in Kent, had yet to put pen to paper.

Like most of his clerical colleagues, he was about to go into sermon overdrive, with five to deliver over the High Holy Days. But he was not about to hit the panic button. "I work best under pressure," he said.

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