synagogues

Shul used as a public convenience, but relief is in sight for members

By Daniel Easterman, November 7, 2013

For years, Jews in Plymouth have had to put up with local revellers using the area round their synagogue as a public convenience.

Pubgoers urinate — and worse — in the alley that runs next to the city-centre shul. Drug-users have also found the narrow lane a good spot to indulge their habits.

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The only way is Essex as Mirvis backs learning

By Simon Rocker, November 4, 2013

Chigwell Synagogue hosted the launch of a Sunday morning education venture by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis this week.

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Getting the girls’ message

By Miriam Shaviv, October 31, 2013

Nearly 20 years ago, I wrote a piece for a Jewish student magazine on the excitement of giving my first dvar Torah, or mini-sermon, at my Orthodox synagogue in Montreal.

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Council to investigate Sale synagogue

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2013

A synagogue has been handed a planning contravention notice by a local authority that will investigate Jewish businesses being run from its premises and look into an ongoing dispute over an extension.

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Chief's Brum role is opening gambit

By Cathy Forman, October 21, 2013

Birmingham Central Synagogue hosted Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in its new £1 million shul and community centre on his first regional Shabbat visit since taking office.

He told the 200-strong congregation that it had taken “courage” for the Central to embark on the building project. A post-service lunch marked the formal opening of the Locker Suite.

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Northampton celebrates its 125th

By Cathy Forman, October 21, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis delivered an admiring history lesson to Sunday’s celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Northampton Jewish community, held at the synagogue in Overstone Road.

Rabbi Mirvis reminded congregants that “during the First World War, quite a number of the men of the Northampton Hebrew Congregation gave up their lives in battle in the name of King and country.

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Exploring social justice

By Simon Rocker, October 21, 2013

A London synagogue has linked up with organisations in Israel and America for an innovative educational programme exploring Jewish ideas of social justice.

Participants in the “Takum” course will learn locally with a rabbi in their own country, while being able to access material online from other centres.

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Exploring social justice

By Simon Rocker, October 21, 2013

A London synagogue has linked up with organisations in Israel and America for an innovative educational programme exploring Jewish ideas of social justice.

Participants in the “Takum” course will learn locally with a rabbi in their own country, while being able to access material online from other centres.

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Bushey shul warden's memorial

By Jay Grenby, October 21, 2013

Bushey Synagogue’s eight-foot high flame logo outside its front door has been dedicated to the memory of warden Laurence Bamberg, who died last year, aged 51. Family and friends joined some 250 guests at Sunday’s dedication, which followed Mr Bamberg’s stone-setting.

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Strictly no dancing at Synagogue

By Simon Rocker, October 18, 2013

The Federation of Synagogues has told women that they cannot dance with Torah scrolls on Simchat Torah after one of its congregations reportedly allowed them to do so last month.

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