New London's 50th

By Simon Rocker, January 27, 2014

The New London Synagogue in St John’s Wood launched its jubilee celebrations on Sunday with a civic service incorporating the induction of chazan, Cantor Jason Green.


Synagogue cancels talk by 'Down's Syndrome is a punishment' rabbi

By Simon Rocker, January 24, 2014

A Sephardi congregation has cancelled a talk by a rabbi who believes that Down’s Syndrome and autism are punishments for sins committed in a previous life.

Israeli-born Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi, who runs an outreach organisation in the United States, was due to speak at Od Yosef Hai in Hendon, north London next month.


Leeds looking to be in the dough with new bakery

By John Fisher, January 20, 2014

The Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue in Leeds is going into the bakery business to satisfy a local kosher need.
BHH intends to open a bakery by the end of March — with a coffee shop to follow after Pesach — in the entrance area of the synagogue complex in what was once the home of the defunct drama group, Limelight. It will stock artisan bread and challah and pastries and cakes.


Help for flood victims in Maidenhead

By Charlotte Oliver, January 20, 2014

The flooding in the Thames Valley areas has impacted on Maidenhead Synagogue and its members. Some have been unable to attend shul because they could not leave their flooded properties.


Putting trust in historic Bevis Marks

By Simon Rocker, January 13, 2014

Britain’s oldest synagogue, Bevis Marks, is set to enjoy a more prominent spot on the tourist map after being recognised by the National Trust.

The 300-year-old Sephardi synagogue has been accepted as a partner of the trust, which will now promote it as a place of interest.


Fancy a latte? Go to Northwood and Pinner Liberal shul

By Simon Rocker, January 13, 2014

Come the spring, members of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue will be able to enjoy a cappuccino and latte within its walls.

Building has begun on a multi-purpose room whose primary use, explained Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, “will be a café open to members and their friends”.


Lonely battle to return shul to Pakistan

By Bernard Josephs, January 10, 2014

A campaign to persuade Pakistani authorities to permit the re-establishment of a synagogue and the refurbishment of a derelict Jewish cemetery in Karachi has been launched by a young member of the country’s dwindling and beleaguered Jewish community.


Cast boost for Bradford Reform

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 6, 2014

The first tranche of a £109,000 lottery grant for the historic Bradford Reform Synagogue has arrived with plans afoot to turn the Grade II listed building into a Jewish museum.

The Moorish Victorian synagogue needs £100,000 to repair its leaking roof and damaged guttering, as well as modernise kitchens, toilets and provide wheelchair access.


Rabbi Atlas to take on the world of Yeshurun

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2013

Cheadle’s Yeshurun Synagogue in South Manchester has selected Birmingham’s Rabbi Chanan Atlas to be its new minister.

Two hundred members of the Modern Orthodox community voted for the new position in a special meeting on Sunday.

The rabbi and his wife Nechama, both Israeli-born and in their mid-30s, will leave Birmingham’s Central Synagogue, which they joined in 2012.


Glasgow shul picks chair as it debates its future

By Adam Henderson, December 23, 2013

Amid talks surrounding the future of Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation, the shul appointed a new chairman at its AGM on Sunday.

The shul is currently in discussions with the United Synagogue and also Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation regarding its future.