synagogues

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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Our ten finest shuls

By Simon Rocker, September 22, 2011

What does Ramsgate have in common with Bradford, Brighton and Liverpool? They are all sites for historic British synagogues which have just been recognised as part of the cultural heritage of Europe.

The country's 10 finest synagogues have been nominated as part of a "Jewish route" across Europe – one of seven cultural routes being created across the continent by the Council of Europe.

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Progressive plea on advocacy

By Simon Rocker, September 8, 2011

The joint vice-chairman of Manchester Jewish Representative Council has asked for assurances that the Progressive community will enjoy equal participation in the Israel advocacy conference due to take place in November.

Mike Samuels - a member of the Orthodox South Manchester Synagogue - expressed concern at the possibility that the Reform movement might be "sidelined" at the Big Tent for Israe

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Belmont minister is hailed by Chief

September 8, 2011

There was a full house at Belmont Synagogue on Shabbat for the induction of Rabbi Elchonon Feldman by the Chief Rabbi in the presence of a number of civic dignitaries.

Paying tribute to Rabbi Feldman, Lord Sacks said Belmont "could not have found a more outstanding individual to lead the community".

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Change of heart as Levy stays in the Shenley pulpit

By Simon Rocker, September 8, 2011

Rabbi Natan Levy, who had planned to make aliyah this summer, is to remain as minister of Shenley Synagogue.

The California-born rabbi, a former Jewish chaplain at Bristol University, joined the United Synagogue congregation three years ago.

Shenley vice-chairman Natalie Sussman said that "on reflection, Rabbi Levy felt that there was more work to do at Shenley and for that reason has decide

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Open season for communal heritage sites

September 8, 2011

A two-hour cemetery tour during a torrential downpour might not seem the most fun Sunday outing.

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Looters target Tunisian synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011

A synagogue in the Tunisian city of Sfax has been vandalised.

According to CRIF, the representative body of French Jewry, Synagogue Beth-El was ransacked towards the end of last month while Tunisian Muslims were marking the month of Ramadan.

It is believed the synagogue has not been guarded since the Arab Spring revolutionaries overthrew the government of President Zein el-Abbadin Bin Ali.

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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.

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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.

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