United Synagogue

Tribe spreads its wings to nursery care

February 10, 2011

A new Orthodox day care nursery at South Hampstead Synagogue is looking after 10 children aged from three months to two-and-a-half years.

Operating in conjunction with the United Synagogue youth arm, Tribe, BabyiSH is open from 8am until 6.15pm, reflecting the needs of working parents. There is a different theme each week and festivals play a big part in the programme.

The project is managed by Lauren and Rabbi Eli Levin, who said its establishment means the shul now has services catering for the entire community.


All good in Wood on rabbi’s big day

By Jay Grenby, February 10, 2011

One-hundred Hadley Wood Jewish Community members packed its Lancaster Road shul for one of the most important days in its 20-year history - the induction by the Chief Rabbi of minister Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum.

With joint chairs Michael Singer and Rochelle Collins presiding, the London Beth Din's Dayan Yonason Abraham congratulated Rabbi Birnbaum and his wife Elisheva on joining "a community that has developed from a few members to more than 80 families in just 20 years".


Tottenham synagogue up for sale

By Jessica Elgot, February 10, 2011

One of the United Synagogue's oldest buildings is to be sold, with the buyer expected to come from the Charedi community.

The US has put the South Tottenham shul premises in Crowland Road on the market and is hoping to raise £1.1 million from the sale.


US ups cash for youth as it looks to target singles

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2010

The United Synagogue is to invest an extra £123,000 into its educational programmes, including the organisation's youth movement Tribe.

Stephen Fenton, the US honorary treasurer, told council representatives on Monday night: "We must look after the future of our children."

The extra money will be used to strengthen the United Synagogue's new Living and Learning department, an initiative by chief executive Jeremy Jacobs. The new department consolidates all the US education programmes, including Tribe, under one banner.


'Remarkable' Lord Sacks to retire in 2013

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2010

Lord Sacks will be a “hard act to follow”, the President of the United Synagogue said as he announced that the chief rabbi will retire in two years' time.

Simon Hochauser told a US Council meeting on Monday that Lord Sacks will leave his post in September 2013, after 22 years in the post.

Despite some speculation that he would not be replaced, it was made clear that there would be a successor and that focus groups would be used during the recruitment process.


Polishing up their act for the festival

December 9, 2010

The silver cleaning programme started by the United Synagogue's Project Chesed and learning disability charity Kisharon has brought a shine to the menorot of many US shuls.

Kisharon adults with special needs have been busily engaged in the enterprise. It is part of the training and support geared towards developing members' skills and independence.


Shabbat-friendly lifts are on their way up

By Candice Krieger, December 2, 2010

A leading lift company has secured a contract with the United Synagogue to install a lift in St John's Wood Synagogue, north London, that is in compliance with Shabbat law.

The deal with Amalgamated Lifts follows the success of a previous contract for a disabled lift at Stanmore and Cannons Park Synagogue. The lifts operate automatically from sunset on Friday until sunset on Saturday. Additionally, it must still comply with the strict rules and regulations in keeping with disabled lift installations in the UK.


Growing Tribe gets its Sefer Torah

August 12, 2010

The dedication of a new Sefer Torah was a highlight of the biggest ever summer camp of Tribe, the United Synagogue's youth arm.

Over 150 teenagers joined US leaders at the ceremony in Leicestershire, which was followed by a celebratory lunch.

Tribe executive director Rabbi Andrew Shaw said: "We are thrilled that Tribe now has its own Sefer Torah to use at its events. This is yet another important milestone in the amazing growth of our organisation over the last few years."

The camp attracted participants from London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh.


Trainee ministers intern for Shavuot

May 21, 2010

A Shavuot intern programme is giving United Synagogue trainee ministers first-hand experience of the life of a community rabbi.

Under the scheme, Ben Kurzer has been assigned to Belmont, Elchonon Feldman to Borehamwood and Binny Fogelgarn to Edgware.

After spending Shavuot in their designated communities, their week ends on Sunday with a brunch with Dayan Yonason Abraham.


Luton synagogue to become full US member

By Jay Grenby, May 6, 2010

Luton Hebrew Congregation is to become a full constituent member of the United Synagogue.

Around half the community's 131 members attended an EGM to vote on a motion to end nearly 90 years of staunchly-maintained independence. Despite a long history of opposition, there was just one dissenting voice.

Synagogue chair Brian Green was delighted by the overwhelming support for the move. "We have recognised that as a smaller independent community on the fringes of London, we could no longer achieve further growth on our own.