synagogues

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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Service is extra at BES

September 22, 2011

A Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue minyan for young singles and marrieds attracted 85 people to its pilot Yachad (together) service.

Organisers Aryeh Richman and Simon Mitchell say it offers "a vibrant style of tefilah".

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Farewell to Cardiff

September 22, 2011

Cardiff United Synagogue held a farewell Shabbat service and kiddush for Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, who is moving on to Liverpool's Childwall congregation.

Presentations to the rabbi and his wife Blima were made by the synagogue council, education committee, cheder children and the Israel Information Centre.

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Scottish openings

By Stephanie Brickman, September 22, 2011

Glasgow's historic Garnethill Synagogue and the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre reached a wider audience during the city's Doors Open Day on Sunday.

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Bright Wimbledon future

September 22, 2011

Supporters of the twice-weekly playgroups organised by Judith Ish-Horowicz at Wimbledon and District Synagogue raised more than £3,500 to redecorate the premises.

Facilities now include a "Jewish home play area" with a Succah den for hiding in, a comfortable area for breastfeeding and new furniture.

Artistic mothers Eleri Larkum and Diana Carolath painted a tree of life mural and stencilled

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Students' great shul crawl

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

Two Oxford University students have set out on an ambitious project to review every synagogue in Britain.

Danny Kessler and Joshua Felberg plan light-hearted assessments of nearly 400 communities, based on the standard of the kiddush, the rabbi's sermon, decorum, and "peculiar customs".

The friends served as co-presidents of Oxford Jewish Society last year and came up with the idea after see

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