United Synagogue

Seeking raised United voice at Board

By Simon Rocker, October 14, 2013

The United Synagogue is setting up a caucus to strengthen its voice at the Board of Deputies in response to what is seen as growing non-Orthodox influence there.

US president Stephen Pack said that its new Board of Deputies Action Group had been set up at the request of US deputies, although he acknowledged opposition from within the US to the move.


Women enjoy a role at Succot in the Suburb

By Simon Rocker, October 7, 2013

Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue has taken another step towards including women in the service by organising a procession for women with lulav and etrog over Succot.

In previous years, women have simply had to watch from the gallery as men paraded their arba minim — the four species used on Succot — around the bimah.


The only way is Essex

By Simon Rocker, October 7, 2013

Chigwell United Synagogue is continuing to enjoy rising membership with more than 700 families now on its books.
When Rabbi Baruch Davis arrived to lead the Essex community in 1997, it numbered around 510 families.


Shivah book aids secular

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2013

The United Synagogue has launched a prayer book that can be used by both religious and secular Jews at a shivah.


Former Elstree rabbi launches congregation

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2013

A new Orthodox congregation has launched in Borehamwood, affiliated to the independent Ner Yisrael community in Hendon and led by the former interim senior rabbi of Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue, Shimshon Silkin.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.