synagogues

Shared experience is the key

By Naftali Brawer, March 10, 2013

I recently attended a Shabbat service at the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem. For some reason, I laboured under the impression that this beautiful synagogue was always sparsely attended and that those who did attend were primarily gentile tourists attracted by the reputation of the chazan and choir.

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Elstree bids farewell to administrator

By Jay Grenby, February 25, 2013

The man known as “the ultimate encyclopaedia” of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue has retired after 22 years as administrator.

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No love for Board's marriage secretary fee

By Jay Grenby, February 25, 2013

Small synagogues have condemned an “unfair” and “disproportionate” charge imposed by the Board of Deputies for a simple administrative procedure towards the validation of new shul marriage secretaries.

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Exeter shul in £120k fundraising drive

By Anna Sheinman, February 21, 2013

Exeter Synagogue, the third oldest synagogue in the UK, has launched a £125,000 fundraising drive to restore its crumbling building ahead of its 250th anniversary celebrations this summer.

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Meteorite damages Siberia shul

By Ray Filar, February 21, 2013

The meteorite that sent rock fragments raining down over Russia last Friday, injuring more than 500 people, damaged a Siberian shul during morning prayers.

Congregants were hurt and windows smashed at the Federation shul in the city of Chelyabinsk, 950 miles east of Moscow.

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Blackpool shul is back on sale

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2013

Blackpool Synagogue is back on sale for £130,000 after the developer who purchased it last year decided to use only land at the back of the building for a luxury apartment project.

Thomson Property Investments bought the 1916 Grade II-listed building, overlooked by Blackpool Tower, after members of the dwindling community decided to call it a day.

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Shuls at war over Torah bells

By Sebastien Malo, February 14, 2013

The sale of a pair of antique Torah bells, valued at several million pounds, has sparked a legal battle between two longstanding East Coast congregations that could lead to the expulsion of one of them from its synagogue.

The Shearith Israel and Jeshuat Israel congregations both claim that they own the bells, along with the historic synagogue that houses them.

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Northampton shul's Lottery win

February 11, 2013

Northampton Hebrew Congregation has received an £8,000-plus All Our Stories grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to further education about the town’s Jewish heritage, which dates back to the 12th century.

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Struggling to find a student minyan? Start your own

By Anna Sheinman, February 7, 2013

Studying in the capital can pose a challenge for Jewish students — particularly those who are observant, live in north west London and cannot attend Jewish Society synagogue services in the city centre.

UCL business management student Benjy Trent found himself in such a situation. He spent his gap year in Israel and grew accustomed to praying every day with people his own age at yeshivah.

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Fee rise could shut Southport shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 4, 2013

Southport Hebrew Congregation has warned that it might have to sell its synagogue if Sefton Council passes a controversial “funeral tax”.

The congregation — which has an average age of 73 — uses the council-run cemetery in Duke Street. The council proposes to increase burial plot costs from £750 to £900 to generate additional income.

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