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.


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.


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.


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.


Shul's Fringe attraction

By Adam Henderson, September 9, 2013

One of the Edinburgh Festival’s enduring traditions is an open day at the city’s Orthodox synagogue featuring stars from the shows.


Rabbi is 'shocked' by proposal to close shul

By Simon Rocker, August 26, 2013

A proposal to close Palmers Green and Southgate Synagogue has astounded its rabbi.


On trend for New Year

By Tamara Corin, August 26, 2013

Rosh Hashanah has always been a time in the Jewish calendar where we seem to justify going out and spending a small fortune on our synagogue outfits, be it for ourselves or our children.


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.


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.


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.