Norwood celebrates its royal double century of patronage

May 7, 2015

Two hundred years ago, Norwood's earliest incarnation, the Jews' Hospital, became the first Jewish charity to have a royal patron.


Aberdare says thanks for the memories to its former synagogue

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

A Welsh synagogue that once served a thriving community has been recognised as historically significant by the local council.

Last Thursday, a blue plaque was unveiled at Aberdare Library at a ceremony also marking Holocaust Memorial Day.

The plaque will soon be moved to the property which was used as a synagogue for nearly
seven decades until the final service in 1957.

Among those at th


Oldham Ched Evans deal is off

By Josh Jackman, January 8, 2015

Oldham Athletic’s proposed deal with convicted rapist Ched Evans has fallen through.

The club has bowed to pressure from sponsors and decided against signing Evans, who was released from Wymott Prison in Lancashire on October 17 after serving half of his five-year sentence.


Poet Dannie Abse dies

By Naomi Firsht, September 29, 2014

The Welsh, Jewish poet Dannie Abse has died aged 91.

During a successful literary career that began in the 1940s, Mr Abse won a number of awards, while also practising medicine as a chest specialist.

Mr Abse died on September 28, surrounded by family, following a short illness.


Aberystwyth candle ban blow to strictly Orthodox holidaymakers

By Marcus Dysch, May 16, 2014

A university's ban on the use of candles in its student village is to continue - angering Jewish holidaymakers who had regularly stayed on the campus.

Bosses at Aberystwyth University in Wales had rented student accommodation to strictly Orthodox families every August for 20 years.


Candles (and Jews) blown out in Wales

By Isabelle Fraser , October 25, 2013

A group of Aberystwyth residents are up in arms over the exclusion of Orthodox Jews from their holiday homes.

Aberystwyth University has historically rented 150 student houses to members of Manchester’s Charedi community every August, for the past 20 years. This saw an influx of around a thousand Orthodox Jews to the area.


Dismay over organ donor rule change

By Simon Rocker, July 4, 2013

The Welsh Assembly’s approval this week of a new system of organ donation has been criticised by the Board of Deputies.

Rather than the current UK practice of donors agreeing to their organs being used, doctors in Wales will be able to take organs unless the person has previously indicated objections.


Burning the bush at both ends

By Simon Round, June 10, 2013

There have been many health hazards associated with being an observant Jew over the centuries. Of these, my perception is that lighting Shabbat candles comes relatively low down. Aberystwyth University thinks differently. It has ruled that it is too risky to have Orthodox Jews stay in accommodation on campus unless they agree not to light candles there.


Candle ban snuffs out strictly Orthodox Aberystwyth holiday plan

By John Jeffay, May 30, 2013

More than 1,000 Orthodox Jews have been barred from their annual summer holiday in Wales because of health and safety fears over their Sabbath candles.

Aberystwyth University bosses have rented out their student village to Jewish families for a fortnight every August for the last 20 years. But they have pulled the plug this year, insisting they cannot relax their ban on naked flames.


Dov Berish Englander drowning ‘accidental’, says inquest

By Anna Sheinman, November 9, 2012

The death of Dov Berish Englander who died in August while using the sea as a mikveh was “accidental”, a coroner has found.

Mr Englander, from Stamford Hill, had waded out to sea at an Aberystwyth beach to perform the ritual when he was dragged under by a large wave, the inquest heard.