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.


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.


Windows that need to be kept in frame

By Cathy Forman, March 11, 2013

Birmingham Central Synagogue is seeking homes for 36 etched glass windows before its move to smaller, modern premises on its Pershore Road site.


Fine tuning at Belsize Square shul

March 11, 2013

Paul Heller will be a well travelled addition to Belsize Square Synagogue when he joins as cantor in June.

The Bogota-born chazan has led the Jewish community in Quito, Ecuador, and Medellin, Colombia, also serving Stockholm’s Great Synagogue for 11 years. Belsize Square’s Rabbi Stuart Altshuler officiated with him at the


'Coffin tax' hits Southport shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2013

Merseyside’s Sefton Council is introducing a “coffin tax” which threatens the future of the small Southport Hebrew Congregation.

On Thursday of last week, the council’s cabinet passed budgetary measures which will see an increase in burial costs at the local authority’s Duke Street cemetery from £750 to £900.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.