Hereford Scroll returned

November 11, 2013

A sefer Torah which had languished in the vaults of a Hereford museum for 80 years was paraded through the streets of the city on Shabbat as it was returned to the Herefordshire Jewish Community on semi-permanent loan.


How synagogues can go for growth

By Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, November 10, 2013

The experience of “Royal Jews” — those living in the royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, whose story I have just published — may provide an important template for other synagogues.


Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville set to rebuild Manchester shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 7, 2013

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs are set to become the first Premier League footballers to own and run a synagogue.

The football icons turned property developers have their eyes set on Manchester Reform Synagogue, a 1950s building and the only city-centre shul in Manchester, which adjoins a major redevelopment site.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.