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


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


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.


West London addition

June 16, 2011

Rabbi David Mitchell is to join the rabbinic team at West London Synagogue, replacing the America-bound Rabbi Danny Burkeman.

Currently associate minister at Radlett and Bushey Reform, he will take up the post in November.


Ealing's moving occasion

June 16, 2011

After six months of building work, Ealing Synagogue has relocated from the Grange Road building it has occupied for more than 75 years to a new home in the adjoining former communal hall.

The United Synagogue-backed redevelopment project has seen the hall transformed into a modern shul and multi-function community centre.


Scroll of honour for Alyth

June 16, 2011

North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green has taken possession of the first newly written Sefer Torah in its 78-year history.

The scroll was written in London and funded by members' contributions ranging from £1 to £400.


Ministerial elections

By Simon Rocker, June 16, 2011

Rabbi Baruch Davis of Chigwell Synagogue is the new chair of the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue, having defeated Wembley Synagogue's Rabbi Simon Harris in an election on Tuesday.

Rabbis David Lister and Nissan Wilson are the vice-chairmen.

Elsewhere, Rabbi Mark Goldsmith of North Western Reform Synagoue was voted in as head of the Assembly of Reform Rabbis.

Liberal Judaism's r


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


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


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.