United Synagogue

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.


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