synagogues

Lonely battle to return shul to Pakistan

By Bernard Josephs, January 10, 2014

A campaign to persuade Pakistani authorities to permit the re-establishment of a synagogue and the refurbishment of a derelict Jewish cemetery in Karachi has been launched by a young member of the country’s dwindling and beleaguered Jewish community.

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Cast boost for Bradford Reform

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 6, 2014

The first tranche of a £109,000 lottery grant for the historic Bradford Reform Synagogue has arrived with plans afoot to turn the Grade II listed building into a Jewish museum.

The Moorish Victorian synagogue needs £100,000 to repair its leaking roof and damaged guttering, as well as modernise kitchens, toilets and provide wheelchair access.

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Rabbi Atlas to take on the world of Yeshurun

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2013

Cheadle’s Yeshurun Synagogue in South Manchester has selected Birmingham’s Rabbi Chanan Atlas to be its new minister.

Two hundred members of the Modern Orthodox community voted for the new position in a special meeting on Sunday.

The rabbi and his wife Nechama, both Israeli-born and in their mid-30s, will leave Birmingham’s Central Synagogue, which they joined in 2012.

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Glasgow shul picks chair as it debates its future

By Adam Henderson, December 23, 2013

Amid talks surrounding the future of Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation, the shul appointed a new chairman at its AGM on Sunday.

The shul is currently in discussions with the United Synagogue and also Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation regarding its future.

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Glasgow shul's future at crossroads over support

By Adam Henderson, December 16, 2013

Two deals, each worth several hundred thousand pounds, are being considered by Newton Mearns Synagogue in Glasgow ahead of its AGM on Sunday.

An offer from the London-based United Synagogue would see the organisation take over Newton Mearns’s assets in exchange for support. An alternative deal from the Glasgow Jewish Community Trust is worth £250,000.

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Norwich Chanucah party is rearranged

By Rosa Doherty, November 28, 2013

A venue in Norwich has rearranged a Chanucah party organised by a messianic “rabbi” after complaints from the Jewish community.

The event, hosted by Binyamin Sheldrake, a member of the Adat Yeshua group, was due to take place in a public area of The Forum, a city-centre building which gets thousands of visitors.

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Being the last Jew of Kabul? It pays the rent

By Lalage Snow , November 21, 2013

Zablon Simintov is infamous. A bitter feud with Ishaq Levin, with whom he shared the only synagogue in Kabul, was widely publicised.

Their mutual hatred was so fierce that they frequently denounced each other to the authorities for espionage: being the Last Jew of Kabul was a title worth fighting for.

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The day they said Kaddish in Westminster Abbey

By Daniel Easterman, November 14, 2013

For more than 1,000 years, Westminster Abbey has been one of the most important sites of Christian worship in the country. But, last Sunday, it was the venue for a poignant ceremony of Jewish remembrance.

In a special service commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Jews joined with Christians to recite prayers, sing sacred songs and hear testimony from survivors.

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Widdecombe on question time

By Jay Grenby, November 11, 2013

It was just like old times for Ann Widdecombe as the ex-minister was quizzed by a former high-ranking civil servant at a Watford Synagogue event.

Her interrogator was longstanding Watford member Sir Leigh Lewis, who until retirement two years ago was permanent secretary at the Department of Work and Pensions.

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Hereford Scroll returned

November 11, 2013

A sefer Torah which had languished in the vaults of a Hereford museum for 80 years was paraded through the streets of the city on Shabbat as it was returned to the Herefordshire Jewish Community on semi-permanent loan.

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