Wimbledon water feature

By Robyn Rosen, July 7, 2011

South London's sole mikveh has reopened after a four-month refurbishment.

The £27,000 refit of the Wimbledon mikveh incorporates a new bathroom suite and tiles.


Home improvements

By Cecily Woolf, July 7, 2011

The 300-member Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue is selling the rear section of its Archie Fay House to help fund the shul's redevelopment project.

Vice-president Prue Baker said the aim was to provide "a fully accessible, energy efficient and attractive synagogue for our growing membership and a Progressive Jewish cultural centre for Sussex and the south coast."


Asbo for pensioner's Hitler rants

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

A pensioner who subjected her neighbours to "antisemitic" rants and jibes about Hitler for seven years has been given an interim antisocial behaviour order (Asbo)

Edna Beck's abuse included attacks on Muslims, Poles and Germans, while she became known for shouting "Heil Hitler", telling young people they were "Hitler's children" and making the Nazi salute.


Anti-Israel activist cleared of arms smash dies at 36

By Jessica Elgot, July 6, 2011

One of the defendants of the controversial Brighton Arms Factory case, acquitted by Judge Bathurst-Norman, has died aged 36.

Simon Levin, of Montpelier Street, Brighton, came from a Jewish family and had great grandparents who died in Auschwitz – which he said contributed towards his political activism.


Cemetery vandalised

By Cecily Woolf, June 2, 2011

Brighton firefighters had to use 4,000 litres of water to dilute 15 litres of hydrochloric acid poured by teenagers on to the path of Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation's Meadow View cemetery.

The perpetrators stole the hydrochloric acid from the caretaker's shed. The cemetery's gardener heard the commotion and chased them away.


Brighton rocks to the beat of Limmud

By Cecily Woolf and Yael Breuer, May 26, 2011

Brighton Limmud organisers Michelle and Gordon Kay said Sunday's event at Sussex University showed "how successful this community can be together".


Brighton briefly gets Rich

By Cecily Woolf, March 3, 2011

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich will deputise for Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue's Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah while she takes a month's sabbatical to compile some of her articles into a book.

The likely title is Trouble-Making Judaism and she is seeking a publisher.


Brighton takes to the streets

By Yael Breuer, January 20, 2011

In a first for Brighton, the completion of a Sefer Torah was celebrated with a street procession and a ceremony at Hove's Holland Road Synagogue.
The scroll was a gift to Brighton and Hove Lubavitch rabbi Pesach Efune from his wife Penina to mark his 50th birthday. Community members were encouraged to sponsor a letter, line, column or sedrah.

Two hundred people from across the community joined the procession, for which there was live klezmer accompaniment.

At the synagogue, London Beth Din head Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu praised the Efunes' contribution to local Jewish life.


Brighton rocks in Mitzvah Day project contest

By Jennifer Lipman, January 13, 2011

A cross-communal Brighton charity has been chosen as the winner of a contest for the best project on Mitzvah Day in November, when 18,000 volunteers performed good deeds across the country.

Helping Hands, which recently celebrated its 10th birthday, organised volunteers to decorate and package more than 100 boxes of cupcakes, which were distributed to hospitals, homeless shelters and Jewish Care's Hyman Fine home for the elderly.


Chief praises Brighton's rock

By Cecily Woolf, December 9, 2010

The Chief Rabbi opened "a new chapter in the distinguished history of the Brighton Jewish community" when he inducted Rabbi Hershel Rader as minister of Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation.

Civic leaders and representatives of other Brighton synagogues were among the 350 people who packed the West Hove Synagogue, where the service was conducted by Adrian Alexander and Eliot Alderman, son of JC columnist Geoffrey Alderman.