synagogues

Hendon shul joins Federation

By Simon Rocker, May 6, 2013

A newly established community in Hendon, Nishmas Yisroel, has joined the Federation of Synagogues.

Its rabbi, Dovid Tugendhaft, was previously minister of Ohr Yisroel, the Federation synagogue in Elstree.
Federation chief executive Eli Keinwald described Nishmas Yisroel as “the fastest growing minyan in north-west London.

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New York synagogue terror plotter sent to jail

By Zoe Winograd, April 29, 2013

A man who planned to blow-up synagogues in New York has been sentenced to five years in jail.

Mohamed Mamdouh pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit terrorism and possessing criminal weapons last year. New York State Supreme Court issued the jail sentence on Friday.

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Brought to a close in Bradford

By John Fisher, April 16, 2013

Some 100 congregants gathered on Sunday for a poignant farewell to Bradford Hebrew Congregation and the deconsecration of its Springhurst Road synagogue in Shipley.

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UK rabbis unite to challenge global poverty

By Sandy Rashty, April 12, 2013

UK rabbis from across the community have joined together in signing a petition to alleviate global poverty and malnutrition.

A letter, recently published in the Financial Times, backing the Millennium Development Goals campaign to target extreme poverty, included signatories from the Liberal, Reform and strictly Orthodox movements.

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Kingston honours four community champions

By Jay Grenby, April 1, 2013

Long-time members of the two Kingston synagogues have been honoured as community champions by the local mayor in an annual award scheme.

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Building over the past in Beirut - a restored shul but a lost Jewish community

By Derek A Isaacs, March 28, 2013

Beirut’s Wadi Abu Jamil quarter, locally referred to as “Wadi al-Yahoud” (“Valley of the Jews”), has risen from the bombsites. But will the Jews return? Probably not.

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Muslim aid for Bradford Reform

By Cathy Forman, March 25, 2013

Bradford’s Muslim community has pledged financial support for urgent building work at Bradford Reform Synagogue.

Zulfiqar Karim, general secretary of Bradford’s Council for Mosques, accompanied shul chairman Rudi Leavor and council member Alan Harris to a Bradford Council meeting to apply for funding for the Moorish building in the city centre.

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Belfast injection

By Joe Cohen, March 25, 2013

The Belfast Jewish Community’s new spiritual leader brings a para medical background to the congregation and has also pledged to attract more of the Northern Ireland community who identified as being Jewish in the last census.

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Admiring words from Blair at Mill Hill opening

By Zoe Winograd, March 18, 2013

Tony Blair praised “what the Jewish community and faith represents in the world today” when addressing the 640 guests at Sunday’s opening of Mill Hill Synagogue’s £3.2 million community centre.

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Sale to Somalis secures survival of Leicester shul

March 18, 2013

The sale of the Leicester Hebrew Congregation communal hall to a local Somali group will ensure the viability of the diminishing community for the foreseeable future.

From a membership in the 300s in the congregation’s 1950s’ heyday, the shul now has less than 100 members, most of them elderly.

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