Highgate rebuilds for growing congregation

November 12, 2015

Highgate Synagogue is being rebuilt in a £2 million-plus project to provide modern, environmentally friendly premises for a membership that has almost tripled to 400 over the past three decades.


From Florida to Leeds

October 29, 2015

Florida-based Rabbi Janie Grackin was a guest at Sinai Synagogue where she spoke at the shul's monthly Chavurah supper. She introduced the concept of intergenerational services, talking about "lowering the barriers, without lowering the bar". The Shabbat service included her teaching songs and storytelling for the congregation - from toddlers to pensioners.


Edinburgh shul hosts Lord Hope

October 13, 2015

Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation welcomed Lord Hope of Craighead, who was on his first visit to a synagogue. Lord and Lady Hope were hosted by Rabbi David Rose, shul members and from Glasgow, Rabbi Moshe Rubin of Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation,andScottish Council of Jewish Communities' Ephraim Borowski and Nicola Livingston.


It's getting better for heritage shuls

By Naomi Firsht, September 21, 2015

Historic synagogues are in better shape than was the case five years ago, a Jewish Heritage report has found.


On the menu in Leeds

June 11, 2015

Sinai Synagogue Leeds Judaism through Cooking programme got off to a tempting start with Carey Glass demonstrating how to cook blintzes and director of education Gwynneth Lewis teaching about Shavuot. Participant Petra Mullen said: "It was fabulous to make something new with a lovely collection of people. Carey’s cooking and Gwynneth’s information complemented each other perfectly.


Jeffrey Spector right to take his own life says member of his shul

By Naomi Firsht, May 26, 2015

Jeffrey Spector, the advertising executive who killed himself by assisted suicide at a clinic in Switzerland, was a member of St Annes Hebrew Congregation in Lancashire.

Synagogue member June Kendall said the Spector family were members of the Orthodox shul.

Mr Spector, who was 54, took a lethal dose of poison at Dignitas clinic in Zurich.


Students' capital home-from-home

By Naomi Firsht, May 7, 2015

Jewish students often look to Hillels or Jewish halls of residence to provide a home-from-home experience while at university. Yet in London, hub of the UK community, there are none serving the estimated 2,000 Jewish students.


Anger over shuls' invite to Galliano

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

Synagogue members have threatened to boycott an event featuring disgraced fashion designer John Galliano.

He is due to speak on a panel at the session hosted by three central London synagogues later this month.

The event is the first in the Connect series, an educational partnership between the Central, Western Marble Arch and New West End synagogues, sponsored by the Chief Rabbinate.


Tragedy for Belsize Square cantor

April 20, 2015

Belsize Square Synagogue’s cantor, Paul Heller, missed the congregation’s Pesach services to return to his native Colombia. He wanted be with his family following the murder of his nephew, Steven, who was stabbed protecting his girlfriend.

Mr Heller said that Steven and his girlfriend, Laura, were hiking to an eco-village on the outskirts of Bogota when they were set upon.


Orchard is right up Sam's street

By Jay Grenby , April 20, 2015

The oldest and longest-standing member of Welwyn Garden City Synagogue, 97-year-old Sam Ostro, has had a 20-tree apple orchard named after him.

Sam’s Orchard is located at the corner of the road where the gardening enthusiast has lived for the past 56 years. It is part of a scheme introduced by Welwyn-Hatfield Council to create small orchards in open spaces.