synagogues

BA brings Israel home

June 16, 2011

Bnei Akiva ran a well supported Israel Week, promoting Israel's achievements to the wider community.

More than 200 people celebrated Yom Yerushalayim in London and Manchester with services and guest speakers Rav Ilan Goldman (London) and Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz (Manchester).

The movement also flew over former Bnei Akiva Israel head Rav Yona Goodman to address north London synagogues and Bnei

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Eaterie serves up funds

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 10, 2011

Leeds' joint synagogue youth group LJOY is opening a kosher restaurant for one night only to help raise money for its theatrical activities.

The joint youth project by Leeds' Orthodox synagogues will have youngsters and university students waiting on tables to serve a catered meal and has already seen more than 100 people book for the night at Etz Chaim Synagogue on Sunday.

LJOY's Sagi Yeche

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Work starts on mikveh

By Jay Grenby, June 10, 2011

After many years' planning and fundraising, work has finally begun on the construction of a mikveh at the rear of Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue.

The mikveh will serve not only the women of the Cockfosters community but also those from neighbouring congregations including Barnet, Southgate, Hadley Wood and Potters Bar.

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Schochet quits RCUS

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2011

Mill Hill Synagogue's Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet is stepping down after a three-year stint as chairman of the United Synagogue's rabbinical council (RCUS), prompting a contested election to succeed him.

Rabbi Julian Shindler, executive director of RCUS, said that three rabbis had so far been nominated for the post ahead of next Tuesday's vote but he could not reveal their names until after nominat

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Mariner sails off

June 2, 2011

Rabbi Rodney Mariner officially retired as minister of Belsize Square Synagogue on the weekend of his 70th birthday.

A packed Shabbat congregation heard Reform Judaism president Rabbi Tony Bayfield confess to "genuine envy" at how his colleague personified "the strong and authoritative but kind and approachable image that a rabbi needs in our time.

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Free schools row over Sacks' backing

By Robyn Rosen, June 2, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has been accused of a U-turn after endorsing plans for an Orthodox school which could offer up to 50 per cent of places to non-Jewish children.

Parents in Golders Green have applied to the government to open a free primary school there. The school has the backing of Lord Sacks and will be presided over by Golders Green United Synagogue's Rabbi Harvey Belovski.

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Death of Stoke Jewish leader

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

The president of the Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Synagogue has died.

Sydney Morris, who was in his mid 80s, spent nearly 30 years at the helm of the small community but saw it diminish from a congregation of 175 families to just two dozen members.

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A busy start at Radlett

By Jay Grenby, May 26, 2011

Radlett Synagogue's new ministerial couple hardly had time to draw breath on their arrival before being drawn into a hectic week of activities.

First up, Rabbi Leo Dee delivered a dvar Torah at the synagogue's annual meeting.

There was a large turnout for the Dees' first Shabbat with the community, including a traditional Friday night dinner with more than 100 members.

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US settles beard case

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

The United Synagogue has reached a settlement with a kosher supervisor who sued it for allegedly objecting to the state of his beard.

Jonathan Abrahams, 58, a Lubavitch Chasid from Stamford Hill, North London, was made redundant by the US more than a year ago.

But after applying unsuccessfully for other jobs in the organisation, he filed claims of religious and age discrimination.

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Calls for an elected chief rabbi

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

A prominent United Synagogue rabbi this week put his weight behind calls for publicly electing the next chief rabbi.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, of Mill Hill Synagogue, who chairs the US Rabbinical Council, challenged the prospect of Lord Sacks's successor in two years being chosen "by a small band of merry men sitting behind closed doors".

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