Birmingham

Moving times in Brum are marked by service

By Cathy Forman, July 29, 2013

More than 150 past and present members of Birmingham Central Synagogue attended a commemorative service to bid farewell to the existing shul before the community moves to its new £1 million premises in early August.

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Liberals find their true voice in Brum

June 17, 2013

Some 250 Liberal Jews from across the country congregated at Birmingham Progressive Synagogue on Sunday for a day of celebration and learning.

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Windows that need to be kept in frame

By Cathy Forman, March 11, 2013

Birmingham Central Synagogue is seeking homes for 36 etched glass windows before its move to smaller, modern premises on its Pershore Road site.

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Birmingham terrorists found guilty

By Anna Sheinman, February 21, 2013

Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, have been found guilty of planning a huge terrorist attack in the UK, during which they discussed the possibility of charging into a synagogue with guns if they could not create a bomb.

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Brum shul is set for sale and rebuilding

By Cathy Forman, November 29, 2012

Birmingham Central Synagogue has received city council consent for the sale of the synagogue building to a care home developer — and for the conversion of its Malcolm Locker Hall into a modern shul for the 200 members.

The proceeds from the sale of half the Pershore Road site to Gracewell Properties will fund the £500,000 redevelopment project.

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Batsheva protester arrested over anti-Jewish slur

By Jennifer Lipman, November 14, 2012

A man was arrested for racial harassment during a protest against an Israeli dance company in Birmingham on Tuesday evening

The 41-year-old was apprehended by police outside the Birmingham Hippodrome after using a racial slur about Jews toward another attendee.

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Batsheva show goes on in Birmingham despite protests

By Jennifer Lipman, November 14, 2012

Five anti-Israel activists were removed from the audience of the Birmingham Hippodrome after mounting vocal protests against Israel's Batsheva Ensemble during their performance.

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Terror plot and a ‘gun raid on shul’

By Anna Sheinman, November 1, 2012

Three Birmingham men accused of planning a huge terrorist attack in the UK discussed the possibility of charging into a synagogue with guns if they could not create a bomb.

Ashik Ali, Irfan Khalid, both 27, and Irfan Naseer, 31, deny planning and fundraising for a terrorist attack and recruiting others for terrorism.

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Creating a cross-communal atmosphere

By Daniel Bratt, October 11, 2012

At Birmingham JSoc, cross-communalism is at the centre of our ideals, in line with UJS policy which states that "UJS and J-Soc activities should be open to all Jewish students regardless of religious affiliation or denomination". In reality however, this ideal presents a number of challenges.

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Class act at King David Birmingham

By Cathy Forman, August 9, 2012

Ofsted and Pikuach inspectors have described KIng David Primary as a good school.

The Ofsted inspectors found that the school, which serves a culturally diverse community, is under a leadership and management that is “firmly focused on improving teaching to make this an outstanding school”.

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