Pressure was on after critical Ofsted report

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2016

The Ofsted squad which turned up at the JFS campus in Kenton, north-west London one morning in July 2014 took the school by surprise. Ranked as an outstanding school and enjoying an excellent academic reputation, JFS had not expected to be the subject of an unannounced inspection.


Brum role is recognised

February 11, 2016

Rabbi Yossi Jacobs's contribution to the renaissance of Birmingham's Singers Hill Synagogue was highlighted on Sunday with a celebration of his 10th anniversary at the shul.

Just 25 when appointed chief minister, the rabbi and his wife, Rachel, had helped to increase activity "in all areas of our congregation", Singers Hill president Keith Rowe told more than 300 guests.


Midlands roll out for Nisa Nashim

November 9, 2015

More than 50 Jewish and Muslim women attended the inaugural meeting of Nisa Nashim West Midlands.


Chaplaincy offers advice on festival class clashes

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

A chaplain is usually a student's first port of call for a hot Shabbat meal or some religious advice. This year, the majority of universities begin term during the Yom Tov period, with some fresher's fairs falling on Yom Kippur and classes clashing with Sukkot.


It's getting better for heritage shuls

By Naomi Firsht, September 21, 2015

Historic synagogues are in better shape than was the case five years ago, a Jewish Heritage report has found.


Limmud will get 'refreshing' new look

By Simon Rocker, July 16, 2015

The Limmud conference's switch from a university campus to a Hilton hotel will not affect its essential character, its organisers say.

Bookings will shortly open for the cross-communal event, which starts at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham on December 27 after eight years at Warwick University.


'Inadequate' Birmingham care home is upgraded

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

The Quality Care Commission has this week reported an improvement in standards at Birmingham home Andrew Cohen House, which received the lowest QCC ranking, "inadequate", after a February inspection.

But although the QCC accepted that the home had "taken appropriate actions to meet the legal requirements we looked at," it still "requires improvement".

The commission first raised concern over


Birmingham marks Yom Hashoah

April 23, 2015

More than 130 people attended the Birmingham and West Midlands Yom Hashoah commemoration held at the King David School. Because of the current situation in the Ukraine, the event focused on the events of the Holocaust there including the massacre at Babi Yar, interspersed with excerpts from Shostakovich's Babi Yar Symphony.


Chief's tour

March 19, 2015

During a busy regional weekend, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was at Birmingham's historic Singers Hill Synagogue on Friday evening, where he unveiled a plaque commemorating the restoration of the shul's interior and addressed 175 people at a celebratory dinner.


Call for end to funding of banned charity

By Sandy Rashty, November 20, 2014

Communal organisations have called on the government to stop funding Birmingham-based charity, Islamic Relief, after it was banned as a terrorist organisation by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Islamic Relief, which signed contracts worth £12.5 million on projects funded by the UK government in the last calendar year, has already been banned from operating in the West Bank after it was accused