synagogues

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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Moderniser is ‘evil’, says rabbi

By Nathan Jeffay, June 20, 2013

Israel’s most revered Sephardi rabbi has caused uproar by declaring that a moderate candidate for the chief rabbinate is an “evil man”.

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No joke - Russell Brand will go to shul

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

Comedian Russell Brand is set to bring his humour to a whole new audience.

The controversial funnyman is going to perform in synagogues in Israel as part of his first world tour, using jokes to “dissect religion” and the lives of religious leaders.

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Russell Brand to tour synagogues and mosques in Middle East

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

Eccentric comedian Russell Brand will embark on a new comedy tour with a Jewish twist.

The Essex-born star is set to visit an array of synagogues and mosques in the Middle East as part of a new comedy show that will “dissect religion” and the lives of religious leaders.

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It's fine on the Tyne as Chief inducts minister

By Faga Speker, June 10, 2013

Having officiated at the induction of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Aaron Lipsey, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks did not return to London empty handed. Sam Pearlman presented him with a housewarming gift for his new home — a decorative mezuzah cover.

More than 200 people attended the induction, including local councillors and church leaders. Rev Benjy Caplan conducted the service.

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It’s not over until the last chazan sings

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2013

It’s a summer evening and the congregation is getting ready for the Kabbalat Shabbat service, the welcoming of the Sabbath, on Friday. Someone taps out a beat on a tabla drum, a guitarist tunes his strings, another person takes a flute from a case.

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Orthodox breakthrough for women with new service

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2013

An Orthodox service led by women as well as men is to take place in London on Sunday – possibly the first of its kind to be held openly in the UK.

It will happen before the start of the inaugural conference of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance UK in Golders Green, although it is not part of the conference.

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Not quite equal as Fed shul elects woman chair

By Simon Rocker, May 27, 2013

Loughton Federation Synagogue has chosen a woman, Barbara Cohen, to chair its administrative board of management. But the position is not equivalent to a synagogue chairman.

Unlike the United Synagogue, which has recently allowed women to chair congregations, women in the Federation cannot serve as synagogue officers.

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