'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


Rabbinic students to pair with Christians

October 14, 2014

The Council of Christians and Jews has provided Leo Baeck College rabbinic students with the opportunity of being paired during their training period with a Christian studying for the clergy.

Twenty students from both faiths attended a Lambeth Palace reception, where they were welcomed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who warmly endorsed the scheme.


Is the bell tolling for faith schools?

June 19, 2014

YES says Jonathan Romain

The Birmingham schools so severely criticised by Ofsted were not faith schools, but the exposure of their failings has caused major questions marks to be raised about how faith schools operate.


Lounging in Brum

June 9, 2014

More than 100 people attended the opening of the Vanessa Rose Youth and Community Lounge at Birmingham Central Synagogue.


Atlas moves from Brum

April 11, 2014

Members of Birmingham Central Synagogue and the wider local community gathered for a farewell tea for Rabbi Chanan Atlas, who is leaving the shul with his family after Pesach to take up the pulpit at Manchester's Yeshurun Synagogue.

Shul president Geoffrey Clements said that the minister had presided over a major transformation of the community in the past two years.


Birmingham's friendly gesture

By Cathy Forman, January 13, 2014

West Midlands Friends of Israel has been set up in Birmingham to fill the void left by last year’s closure of the city’s Israel Information Centre.

It will be funded by subscriptions and donations and has signed up 30 supporters — Jews and non-Jews — in its first week.


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.