synagogues

Why Finchley is a litmus test for Labour’s election hopes

By Martin Bright, August 23, 2013

One of the first things to strike the outsider who comes into contact with Britain’s Jewish communities is the way the ultra-local is often combined with the uber-global.

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Buried in Bury: how a synagogue cast historic Sefer Torah aside

By Simon Rocker, August 21, 2013

A Sefer Torah from a historic Czech collection saved from the Nazis has been buried by a Manchester synagogue without permission from the trust that loaned it.

The London-based Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust is furious at the action of Bury Hebrew Congregation and wants the scroll to be returned.

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Moving times in Brum are marked by service

By Cathy Forman, July 29, 2013

More than 150 past and present members of Birmingham Central Synagogue attended a commemorative service to bid farewell to the existing shul before the community moves to its new £1 million premises in early August.

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Exeter's 250th anniversary

By Vanessa Austin Locke , July 29, 2013

Exeter’s small and diverse Jewish community has launched its 250th anniversary celebrations in newly-refurbished premises — a Grade II-listed Georgian synagogue which is the third oldest in the UK. Thanks to the £118,000 generated from a fundraising campaign, encroaching damp was brought under control in time for the festivities to begin.

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Kinloss gets its phone line back

July 25, 2013

Kinloss synagogue has its phone service back after nearly two weeks without its main line. Service was restored on Wednesday following a visit from an engineer.

The shul had been using a temporary number in the intervening period, which chairman Jon Mendelsohn called “more than frustrating.”

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Tiny Newport has a big giveaway

By Zoe Winograd, July 22, 2013

The five remaining active members of Newport Hebrew Congregation held a kiddush on Monday to mark the handover of two sifrei Torah to a new Israeli community.

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Neuberger stops LCP

By Anna Sheinman, July 18, 2013

An end-of-life care process used by the NHS is to be scrapped after a review led by Baroness Julia Neuberger.

The peer, who is senior rabbi at West London Synagogue, recommended that the Liverpool Care Pathway be phased out over the next 12 months and replaced by a personalised end of life care plan.

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Stenecourt vacancy

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 1, 2013

Manchester modern Orthodox synagogue Stenecourt is seeking new spiritual leadership after Rabbi Jacob Rubinstein announced his retirement.

Rabbi Rubinstein has been the community’s senior minister since his former congregation, Central, closed and merged with Stenecourt in 2008 due to declining membership.

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Overseas viewing in Croydon

July 1, 2013

The mother of Croydon Federation minister Rabbi Natan Asmoucha was able to enjoy his induction ceremony despite being unable to travel from Vancouver, watching the service through a Skype link.

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Fed learning in Redbridge

June 24, 2013

A session on Zionism with the Redbridge community’s Israeli emissary, Orly Kenig, completed the latest Diploma in Judaism course at Ilford Federation Synagogue led by minister Rabbi Alex Chapper.

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