United Synagogue

More eruvs going live

September 29, 2016

Two more London eruvs will be operational for Shabbat UK in November, the United Synagogue has announced.

A pre-launch event for Barnet's eruv is planned for November 1, and will be addressed by key figures in the project.

The previous day, a similar event will be held for the Woodside Park eruv, which will stretch from Barnet in the north to Finchley Central in the south, via Totteridge, Oa


Ministerial couple's valuable lessons from teaching in 'Jungle'

By Josh Jackman, September 8, 2016

An educational summer camp set up in Calais by a senior United Synagogue staff member and run with the help of a rabbinical couple has benefited more than 100 child refugees.

For five days, children aged from four to 18 living in the "Calais Jungle" learned English and took part in drama, arts and crafts, music and cookery sessions.

The Step Up camp was organised by Chayli Fehler, children's


Work together on school plans, US urges groups

By Simon Rocker, September 8, 2016

The United Synagogue wants a co-ordinated approach under the leadership of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis to address the predicted shortage of places in Jewish secondary schools in north-west London.

Two applications to open a Jewish secondary free school are set to go to the Department for Education this month, although neither has so far gained the Chief Rabbi's support.


Zionist group sparks row

By Simon Rocker, August 25, 2016

The chairman of one of the United Synagogue's largest congregations has defended the decision to cancel a meeting featuring a speaker from the Israeli Zionist group Im Tirtzu next month.

Douglas Altabef had been due to speak at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, in north-west London, at a meeting organised by the UK advocacy group Campaign4Truth.

Jeffrey Davidson, HGS chairman, rejected clai


US Futures leader hands over baton

By Cathy Forman, August 2, 2016

Chair and founder of US Futures, Gaby Morris, is to step down after six years. She will be handing the leadership baton on to US trustee Claire Lemer who takes on the role of lay leader with responsibility for Tribe and Young US.


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.