synagogues

Songbook is music to the ears of Reform

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

The Reform movement has launched what is thought to be the first major new collection of synagogue music published in the UK for nearly a century.
Shirei Ha-t'fillah ("Songs of Prayer"), a compilation of sheet music and explanatory articles, was produced by Cantor Zoe Jacobs of Finchley Reform Synagogue and Rabbi Sybil Sheridan of Wimbledon Synagogue.

According to Cantor Jacobs, the last major

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£2m is sought for historic shul repairs

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 8, 2011

Jewish Heritage UK director Dr Sharman Kadish has launched a campaign to attract £2 million to restore crumbling historic synagogues and preserve them as national heritage sites.

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Struggling shul moves to church

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

Peterborough Synagogue has resumed services in a rented room in a local church after an emotional final Friday night in its premises for 57 years.

The United Synagogue is trying to sell the Cobden Avenue building for £75,000 but has yet to find a buyer.

Peterborough Mayor Paula Thacker was among the 30 people at the farewell service, where the attendance was swelled by a number of non-Jewis

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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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