synagogues

Drifting Kingston goes for 'dynamic' Landau

By Jay Grenby, May 6, 2013

Kingston Synagogue will not be renewing the contract of minister Rabbi Michael Rosenfeld and is recommending Northwood Synagogue youth minister Rabbi Samuel Landau as his successor. Members will be asked to support the appointment at an EGM on Wednesday.

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Swastikas in Sunderland shul as heritage row rumbles on

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2013

The building where Sunderland Jews once worshipped now stands blighted by drug dealers, arsonists and metal thieves. There are swastikas around its ark, daubed by illegal ravers who partied in the Grade II listed building.

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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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