Open season for communal heritage sites

September 8, 2011

A two-hour cemetery tour during a torrential downpour might not seem the most fun Sunday outing.


Looters target Tunisian synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011

A synagogue in the Tunisian city of Sfax has been vandalised.

According to CRIF, the representative body of French Jewry, Synagogue Beth-El was ransacked towards the end of last month while Tunisian Muslims were marking the month of Ramadan.

It is believed the synagogue has not been guarded since the Arab Spring revolutionaries overthrew the government of President Zein el-Abbadin Bin Ali.


Hale is just bats about Sephardi congregation

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 1, 2011

They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but bats have been quite another matter for the burgeoning south Manchester Shaare Hayim Sephardi community.

The bat issue has been among problems delaying an ambitious building project.


Radlett Reform recruits worldly woman rabbi

By Jay Grenby, September 1, 2011

Radlett and Bushey Reform has taken on a multi-national player as its new associate minister and youth director.

Rabbi Celia Surget is expected to take up the post in November, replacing Rabbi David Mitchell, who is joining the rabbinic team at West London Synagogue.

The 33-year-old has a French father and an American mother.


Tribe goes north with Prestwich programme

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

Tribe, the United Synagogue's youth arm, is to help operate youth activities in Manchester synagogues for the first time.


Reduction time at Sale

August 11, 2011

Cash-strapped Sale and District Hebrew Congregation has appointed a part-time minister to replace full-time rabbi, Aaron Lipsey, who has moved to Newcastle.

The south Manchester synagogue, which has a declining membership of 70 families, has taken on Natan Fagleman, who will conduct Shabbat and Yomtov services and take on pastoral responsibilities.


'Spice girl' wows Odessa

August 11, 2011

When Bertha Pogrebinsky left Odessa 100 years ago, a silver havdalah box was among treasured possessions she took with her.

Now the spice box has been returned to the Odessa community by her granddaughter Sue Finer during a fact-finding trip to the city by 11 Edgware Reform Synagogue members.


New End theatre to become synagogue

By John Nathan, August 11, 2011

London's most Jewish theatrical venue is set to close - and become a synagogue.

Artistic director and chief executive Brian Daniels, who has been running the New End Theatre for 14 years, has finally decided to give up the battle against the spiralling maintenance costs of a building that was originally a hospital morgue before it was converted into a theatre 37 years ago.


Interfaith accolades

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

Sidney Assor, the founding chairman of the Surrey Three Faiths Forum, has been honoured for his interfaith work by a Muslim organisation.

He was the first Jewish recipient of a British Community Honours Award at a House of Lords ceremony.

The awards were established to celebrate the achievements of British Muslims but were extended to include others working for social harmony.



Warden knocked over by van

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

A van driver has been arrested after a father-of-10 was knocked over in Stoke Newington on Monday afternoon, suffering a serious leg injury.

Aaron Weiser, 50 - the warden of Satmar Synagogue in Clapton Common - was struck on the pavement close to a bus stop on Upper Clapton Road.