Birmingham

Birmingham student honoured as 'inspirational'

By Joe Seager , December 30, 2013

A 19-year-old student has been crowned for her support of the Birmingham community.

Ilana Davis was commended by the Community Foundation in the West Midlands for her work at Birmingham Progressive Synagogue and wider community interests.

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Chief's Brum role is opening gambit

By Cathy Forman, October 21, 2013

Birmingham Central Synagogue hosted Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in its new £1 million shul and community centre on his first regional Shabbat visit since taking office.

He told the 200-strong congregation that it had taken “courage” for the Central to embark on the building project. A post-service lunch marked the formal opening of the Locker Suite.

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Beef between Brum shuls leads to split in supplies

By Simon Rocker, August 5, 2013

Birmingham’s Orthodox community has been unable to agree a common plan to supply kosher food after the city’s only kosher butcher closed a few weeks ago.

As a result, two new outlets for supervised food are due to open this month, prompting questions about their long-term viability.

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Supply fears as Birmingham butcher shuts

By Simon Rocker, July 29, 2013

The closure of Birmingham’s sole kosher butcher has left a number of regional communities scrambling to find new supplies of meat and other supervised goods.

Gees — which ceased trading earlier this month after more than 45 years in the business — also delivered meat, challahs and other kosher products to Nottingham, Leicester, Cardiff and Oxford.

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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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