Hale is just bats about Sephardi congregation

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 1, 2011

They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but bats have been quite another matter for the burgeoning south Manchester Shaare Hayim Sephardi community.

The bat issue has been among problems delaying an ambitious building project.


Radlett Reform recruits worldly woman rabbi

By Jay Grenby, September 1, 2011

Radlett and Bushey Reform has taken on a multi-national player as its new associate minister and youth director.

Rabbi Celia Surget is expected to take up the post in November, replacing Rabbi David Mitchell, who is joining the rabbinic team at West London Synagogue.

The 33-year-old has a French father and an American mother.


Tribe goes north with Prestwich programme

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

Tribe, the United Synagogue's youth arm, is to help operate youth activities in Manchester synagogues for the first time.


Reduction time at Sale

August 11, 2011

Cash-strapped Sale and District Hebrew Congregation has appointed a part-time minister to replace full-time rabbi, Aaron Lipsey, who has moved to Newcastle.

The south Manchester synagogue, which has a declining membership of 70 families, has taken on Natan Fagleman, who will conduct Shabbat and Yomtov services and take on pastoral responsibilities.


'Spice girl' wows Odessa

August 11, 2011

When Bertha Pogrebinsky left Odessa 100 years ago, a silver havdalah box was among treasured possessions she took with her.

Now the spice box has been returned to the Odessa community by her granddaughter Sue Finer during a fact-finding trip to the city by 11 Edgware Reform Synagogue members.


New End theatre to become synagogue

By John Nathan, August 11, 2011

London's most Jewish theatrical venue is set to close - and become a synagogue.

Artistic director and chief executive Brian Daniels, who has been running the New End Theatre for 14 years, has finally decided to give up the battle against the spiralling maintenance costs of a building that was originally a hospital morgue before it was converted into a theatre 37 years ago.


Interfaith accolades

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

Sidney Assor, the founding chairman of the Surrey Three Faiths Forum, has been honoured for his interfaith work by a Muslim organisation.

He was the first Jewish recipient of a British Community Honours Award at a House of Lords ceremony.

The awards were established to celebrate the achievements of British Muslims but were extended to include others working for social harmony.



Warden knocked over by van

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

A van driver has been arrested after a father-of-10 was knocked over in Stoke Newington on Monday afternoon, suffering a serious leg injury.

Aaron Weiser, 50 - the warden of Satmar Synagogue in Clapton Common - was struck on the pavement close to a bus stop on Upper Clapton Road.


Synagogue wants to keep girls hidden

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

The rabbi of one of London's oldest strictly Orthodox synagogues has been worrying that its women are too visible to men at prayer.

In a letter to the Hendon Adath Yisroel board, Rabbi Pinchas Roberts proprosed replacing its latticework mechitzah (partition) with one-way glass, so that women could have an "unobstructed view" of synagogue proceedings and men focus on prayer "without any distract


Merseyside police appoint first Jewish chaplain

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2011

Merseyside Police's chief constable has welcomed the force's first Jewish chaplain who may be called upon to support officers on traumatic crime scenes.