Manchester eruv hit by 'racist' objections

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 16, 2011

The final hurdle to achieving planning permission for the north Manchester eruv has been hit by a "racist" objection from Salford residents who have also argued on human rights, conservation and religious grounds, as well as concerns for bats.


Shul treasure trove goes under hammer

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 11, 2011

Manchester's Great, New and Central Synagogue has raised £60,000 from the sale of antique Judaica silverware that had been kept in storage.


New York education in Finchley synagogue

October 27, 2011

Four students from New York’s Yeshiva University presented 10 learning events for women at Finchley Synagogue over the Simchat Torah weekend.

Chavi Becker, Kira Joel, Shlomit Cohen and Derora Tropp also led the women’s dancing in synagogue during the festival.

The well-attended activities ranged from interactive Torah study to learning-based afternoon teas in members’ homes.


Finchley synagogues help homeless

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

Two Finchley synagogues will provide emergency shelters for the homeless this winter.

Once a week, from January to March, Finchley Reform and Finchley Progressive will offer a bed, hot dinner and breakfast to around 15 homeless people.


Crouch End gets Danish rabbi

October 27, 2011

The induction of Rabbi Sandra Kviat at the Liberal-affiliated Crouch End Chavurah was attended by more than 70 people.

Danish-born Rabbi Kviat, who is expecting her first baby in December, was praised for her leadership and dynamism by Rabbi Aaron Goldstein of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue.


Watford synagogue finds play group success

By Jay Grenby, October 27, 2011

Watford Synagogue has found a ready market for its Friday After School Club for the congregation’s four-to-eight-year-olds.

Around 20 children are already signed up to the club. Meetings are held monthly, although the get-togethers may become more frequent if demand dictates. The programme features arts, crafts, games and refreshments, culminating in a Shabbat party.


St Albans Masorti celebrate 21st birthday

By Jay Grenby, October 27, 2011

More than 100 past and present St Albans Masorti members attended a party to celebrate its 21st birthday, remembering its formative years and looking to the future — an impending move to its own building.


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.


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.


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.