synagogues

Joining the rabbi doctors

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

Rabbi Harvey Belovski of Golders Green Synagogue has joined the elite band of "Rabbi Drs" in Britain after being awarded a PhD by the University of London's Birkbeck College.

His thesis is on the thought of Rabbi Shemuel Bornstein, a Chasidic rebbe from Sochaczew in Poland, who died in 1926.

Rabbi Belovski began his doctoral research four years ago.

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Home improvements

By Cecily Woolf, July 7, 2011

The 300-member Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue is selling the rear section of its Archie Fay House to help fund the shul's redevelopment project.

Vice-president Prue Baker said the aim was to provide "a fully accessible, energy efficient and attractive synagogue for our growing membership and a Progressive Jewish cultural centre for Sussex and the south coast."

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No inner city blues for happy inner city Jews

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

Synagogues in the heart of the UK's major cities could get a new lease of life as young Jews shun the suburbs in favour of city living.

New city centre apartments in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham are making inner city living more attractive to Jewish professionals.

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Pack and Zinkin: let the battle commence

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

Why are you standing for the presidency?

Stephen Pack: To secure the future of the United Synagogue for the next generation. I have a deep passion for the US - it is a remarkable organisation, and has many excellent communities, but it now needs some new initiatives to ensure it continues to flourish.

Peter Zinkin: I believe in the power of the US to be a force for good in our community.

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Finchley Synagogue picks first chief executive

June 30, 2011

Finchley Synagogue, Kinloss, has appointed Bradley Rood as its chief executive, thought to be the first such appointment for a United Synagogue.

Mr Rood, 54, who takes up his post next week, is a member of Highams Park and Chingford shul, and brings 35 years' business experience to the post.

Mr Rood's arrival follows the recent appointment of assistant rabbis Leibish Heller and Michael Laitn

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Rockin' rabbi gets in tune for Pinner

By Stephanie Brickman, June 30, 2011

Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation's singing and guitar-playing Rabbi Danny Bergson, affectionately known as "Rockin' Rabbi Danny", has been named as the new minister of Pinner Synagogue.

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Heart doctor congregant is a life-saver in shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2011

Liverpool's leading heart specialist was a life-saver when a Childwall congregant's heart stopped beating during the Shabbat service.

Shul member Dr Stephen Saltissi - Royal Liverpool University Hospital's clinical cardiology director - was sitting two rows away when Childwall choirmaster David Coleman, 63, collapsed.

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Capital gain is Birmingham's ministerial loss

By Cathy Forman, June 23, 2011

Birmingham Central Synagogue will be without a permanent minister for the High Holy-Days following the departure in August of Rabbi Shlomo Odze.

He is joining South Hampstead Synagogue as associate rabbi after serving the Pershore Road community for six years.

"He will be greatly missed and a very hard act to follow," said Central president Geoffrey Clements.

Rabbi Odze has agreed to help

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Zinkin and Pack battling for US presidency

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2011

The two United Synagogue vice-presidents will go head to head in an election for the presidency of British Jewry's biggest religious organisation.

Peter Zinkin of Golders Green Synagogue and Stephen Pack of Cockfosters and North Southgate are battling to succeed Simon Hochhauser as president in the July 11 poll.

Whoever wins will be primarily responsible for the selection of the next Chief R

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Mersey beat moves rabbi from Cardiff

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2011

Childwall Hebrew Congregation's new rabbi says he will be following a tried and trusted path to improve the fortunes of the Liverpool community.

Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, 35, was appointed this week after eight years with Cardiff United Synagogue.

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