United Synagogue

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


Kinloss phone chaos

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2013

Kinloss synagogue has been deprived of its principal phone line for almost a week because of a mistake made by the United Synagogue’s procurement agency.

The chairman of the synagogue, Jon Mendelsohn, said that the phone service had been disconnected “due to an error by a service provider under contract by the US centrally”.


A healthy turnout for US women's initiatives

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

Rebbetzin Lauren Levin — appointed last December at Finchley Synagogue by Chief Rabbi elect Ephraim Mirvis as Britain’s first Orthodox female halachic adviser — led a seminar on “women’s health and halachah” at Kinloss on Sunday.


Cantor avoids jail over child porn conviction

By Marcus Dysch, July 12, 2013

A former synagogue cantor has avoided being sent to jail after he admitted making and distributing hundreds of images of child pornography.

Fashion company director Jeremy Lawson had resigned from his position at New West End Synagogue in Bayswater, west London, last year for “personal reasons”.


Food for thought: US makes £1.2m on kashrut

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2013

The United Synagogue’s kashrut department has helped to boost the organisation’s coffers by recording a significantly higher than expected surplus last year.

Its profit of nearly £1.2 million in 2012 was close to £400,000 more than had been budgeted for, US council members heard on Monday.