United Synagogue

Ace idea boosts small Herts

By Jay Grenby, September 16, 2013

In the belief that “together we can accomplish more than might be possible individually”, six smaller United Synagogue communities in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire have been sharing problems, discussing issues of mutual interest and planning joint events.

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Visiting festival chazan enjoys his album entry

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2013

The visiting High Holy Day chazan for Mill Hill Synagogue has released an album of Jewish music, including a modern version of one of the central Rosh Hashanah prayers.

Simon Cohen, who grew up in Hampstead Garden Suburb and made aliyah 18 years ago, will be returning to sing in London after officiating at Mill Hill for the past four years.

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis' to-do list

September 13, 2013

Three members of the community outline priorities for the new leader:

Rabbi Sybil Sheridan

Chief Rabbi Mirvis has been installed in office on a tide of goodwill from the wider Jewish community. It is to be hoped he will not squander it by being drawn into petty politicking and pointless stands on principle.

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Leaders back campaign to end all-male panels

By Sandy Rashty, September 13, 2013

Senior figures are backing a move to put an end to communal discussion panels that feature only male speakers.

More than 50 decision-makers, from synagogues, charities and political lobby groups, have signed up to a campaign being run by Women in Jewish Leadership (WJL).

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Palmers Green shul votes aginst closure

By Simon Rocker, September 9, 2013

Members of Palmers Green and Southgate Synagogue have narrowly rejected a motion to close it.

At a special meeting on Sunday — convened following a petition signed by more than 10 per cent of the membership — congregants voted by 60 votes to 54 to keep it open.

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Sweet gesture aids needy

September 9, 2013

US Chesed is providing more than 1,300 honey cakes to families in need across 44 United Synagogue communities in time for Rosh Hashanah. A volunteer from each community collected the cakes bought by the organisation from Kay’s delicatessen in Golders Green.

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What Rabbi Mirvis should do for women

By Alexis Brassey, September 1, 2013

As we enter the reign of a new Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Mirvis has declared that his mission is to develop each synagogue into an all-embracing community centre, evolving from a centre simply of prayer and learning.

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Rabbi is 'shocked' by proposal to close shul

By Simon Rocker, August 26, 2013

A proposal to close Palmers Green and Southgate Synagogue has astounded its rabbi.

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Shul sues its former accountant

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2013

West London Synagogue has sued its former accountant, Anne Allen, in the High Court in an attempt to recover damages of more than £500,000, a year after charges of theft against her were dropped.

Mrs Allen was due to stand trial at the Old Bailey in 2012 but the Crown Prosecution Service withdraw the charges only days before the case was due to heard.

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Kinloss gets its phone line back

July 25, 2013

Kinloss synagogue has its phone service back after nearly two weeks without its main line. Service was restored on Wednesday following a visit from an engineer.

The shul had been using a temporary number in the intervening period, which chairman Jon Mendelsohn called “more than frustrating.”

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