Birmingham

'Idiot Abroad' joins bike challenge to Mongolia

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2012

A Birmingham businessman is about to set off on the journey of a lifetime to Mongolia to raise money for the children’s heart unit that cared for his late son.

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Info centre loses embassy funds

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 8, 2012

Israel's embassy is withdrawing funding from the UK's longest running Israel information centre.

The Birmingham centre, which works to counteract anti-Israel activity and offers education on Israel at Midlands schools and campuses, will have its funding stopped on March 27.

The centre opened 30 years ago and was the first regional arm of the London embassy.

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Rabbi Atlas thinks the world of Birmingham

By Cathy Forman, February 9, 2012

Birmingham Central Synagogue has appointed Rabbi Chanan Atlas as minister, filling the vacancy left by the departure of Shlomo Odze to become associate rabbi at South Hampstead Synagogue.

Central president Geoffrey Clements said the search for a spiritual leader was always challenging, "especially when trying to take into consideration the needs of a provincial community.

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The biggest mitzvah

January 5, 2012

A northern interfaith initiative has won the JC's Mitzvah Day competition.

Entrants were asked to explain why their particular project had made a significant impact.

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LSJS honours loyal backers

By Simon Rocker, October 6, 2011

Nearly a decade ago, one of British Jewry's oldest educational institutions appeared to be on its last legs.

The London School of Jewish Studies, founded as Jews' College in 1855 to produce ministers for central Orthodox synagogues, was fast running out of money.

But it has not only managed to reinvent itself as a thriving adult education centre.

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Bnei Akiva in training

October 6, 2011

Israeli expert Ilan Frydman was flown over by Bnei Akiva for a training day for more than 150 madrichim from Finchley, Edgware, Borehamwood, Southgate and Birmingham.

BA's Deborah Blank said: "It's really incredible the significant improvements we have already noticed from this investment in the future leaders of Anglo-Jewry." A Shabbaton in Bushey was organised to train local leaders.

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Building bridges in Brum

By Cathy Forman, August 25, 2011

Birmingham Jewish community representative Alan Blumenthal was among the mourners at a public memorial ceremony for the three young Muslim men killed during the recent riots.

The Birmingham Jewish Representative Council vice-chair had previously addressed a peace rally in the city at which he was asked by Tariq Jahan - father of Haroon Jahan, one of the hit-and-run victims - to attend last Thur

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Terror in Tottenham and bedlam in Birmingham

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

Jewish business owners and residents in London, Manchester and Birmingham have described the "devastation" of the local areas, following this week's violent riots.

Groups of youths smashed shops and homes and looted high streets in cities across the country, beginning in Tottenham on Saturday night.

Following pictures of Charedi youths watching the looting in Tottenham on their way home from

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Newman jumping for joy

July 28, 2011

Josh Newman is the new British Under 13 trampolining champion.

Newman took gold with a score of 83.0 at Great British National finals at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham - winning by a margin of 0.9 points.

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Capital gain is Birmingham's ministerial loss

By Cathy Forman, June 23, 2011

Birmingham Central Synagogue will be without a permanent minister for the High Holy-Days following the departure in August of Rabbi Shlomo Odze.

He is joining South Hampstead Synagogue as associate rabbi after serving the Pershore Road community for six years.

"He will be greatly missed and a very hard act to follow," said Central president Geoffrey Clements.

Rabbi Odze has agreed to help

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