synagogues

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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Ilford Fed sent from Coventry

October 14, 2013

Ilford Federation Synagogue members paid an emotional farewell to their Coventry Road premises on Shabbat, the last before the shul moves to a new home in the former Dennis Centre in Beehive Lane.

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Abbey’s Yiddish memorial

By Charlotte Oliver, October 11, 2013

Westminster Abbey will echo to the sound of Yiddish prayers and song next month at a special Kristallnacht commemoration.

The Service of Solemn Remembrance and Hope — held jointly with West London and Belsize Square synagogues — will take place at the historic London landmark on November 10, on the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht attacks.

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East End anniversary

By Charlotte Oliver, October 7, 2013

Speakers reflecting the diversity of East End life addressed the 200 guests at Sunday’s 90th anniversary celebrations of the East London Central Synagogue in Stepney.

Church, mosque and Buddhist representatives were among the speakers, as was the synagogue’s Rabbi Yitzchok Austin.

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A state of the art, $5m synagogue in Siberia

By Nissan Tzur, September 24, 2013

It takes a five-hour flight from Moscow over the empty expanses of Sibera to reach Novosibirsk, a city known to outsiders mainly as a curious stopover on the Trans-Siberian railway.

But the city has a secret: a Jewish community centre to make shul-goers across the world green with envy.

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Yom Kippur roof collapse

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 23, 2013

YOm Kippur prayers at Manchester's Holy Law Synagogue brought the house down after part of the ceiling collapsed, narrowly missing congregants in the ladies' gallery.

A number of chunks of plaster fell during the morning service at the Prestwich synagogue, thought to be a result of a leaky roof, repairs to which were part of its Kol Nidre appeal.

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