United Synagogue

Edgware kehillah now fully involved in the US

July 15, 2016

The Ahavas Yisrael kehillah in Edgware has been awarded full United Synagogue status by the US Council.

Operating from the Langdon charity's Edgware premises, Ahavas Yisrael is led by Dayan Elimelech Vanzetta.


Promoting innovation

By Simon Rocker, July 15, 2016

The United Synagogue has launched a Community Development Fund to encourage innovation.

It plans to make up to eight grants a year, worth between £5,000 and £20,000 apiece, to stimulate local ventures.

"This is to encourage shuls to do things they might not otherwise have dared to do," said Jo Grose, the US community liaison manager.

The US is currently in a healthy financial position,


Three resign from Bushey board over new chair

By Josh Jackman, June 17, 2016

The new chairman of Bushey United Synagogue has spoken of "a strong mutual respect" between board members despite three officers having resigned since his election.

Sas Ezekiel, a member of the Hertfordshire congregation for nearly 30 years, was voted in at the AGM, defeating the incumbent, Stephen Roston, who had stood for re-election.

On announcement of the result, the previous vice-chai


US sorry for Mill Hill dates clash

By Josh Jackman, May 20, 2016

The United Synagogue has apologised for a clash between Monday's Mill Hill Synagogue AGM and an open meeting to discuss a potential US congregation in Mill Hill East.

A US spokesman accepted that the clash was "unfortunate and we apologise for any concerns this may raise.


Southend pays its respects

May 16, 2016

Close to 200 people - including members of the wider community - attended a Yom Hazikaron commemoration at Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation. The shul's Rabbi Binyamin Bar led the service for Israel`s memorial day and the country's fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism.


Woodford shul honours Lady J

May 4, 2016

Woodford Forest United Synagogue hosted the showing of a film about the life of Amelie Jakobovits, affectionately known as "Lady J". The film illustrated the chief rebbetzen's extraordinarily busy life and her dedication to the Jewish community, as well as her ability to connect with everyone that she met.


Mersey congregation beats a path to the US

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2016

Another regional community is exploring the possibility of joining the United Synagogue.

Talks have been ongoing between Childwall Hebrew Congregation in Liverpool and US officials over the past few months.

Sheffield was the first northern congregation to become a member of the US two years ago and Nottingham has been toying with a similar move.

Childwall president Denis Salamon said the


Remembering wartime nurse on women's day

March 10, 2016

To mark International Women's Day, a ceremony was held at the United Synagogue's Plashet cemetery in east London in memory of a nurse who died on wartime service 100 years ago.

The memorial for Edith Munro, who died aged 23, was led by HM Armed Forces chaplain Rabbi Reuben Livingstone and attended by dignitaries and family members.


It's seconds out for the US in Edgware

February 4, 2016

The second US synagogue in Edgware, Ahavas Israel, welcomed around 100 people for services during its inaugural weekend at the Langdon College premises.