Brighton

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.

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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.

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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.

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B’nai B’rith European Days of Jewish Culture & Heritage - Brighton & Hove Hebrew Congregation

By Bnai BrithUK, September 1, 2010
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Sunday 12 September
1:00pm - 3:30pm

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Brighton builders discover mikveh

By Cecily Woolf, August 19, 2010

Builders working on Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation's Middle Street site have found a white-tiled mikveh in a cottage sold to the local Hillel committee last year for use as a student drop-in centre. The mikveh was discovered beneath a trapdoor under the cottage floorboards.

"The founders and builders of our community in Middle Street knew at its inception that a mikveh is at the centre of Jewish life," observed BHHC's Rabbi Herschel Rader.

But local historian and Middle Street Synagogue guide Gordon Franks was mystified by the discovery.

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Burchill gets the facts

By Cecily Woolf, August 12, 2010

Julie Burchill was among the 250 people who packed Brighton's Ralli Hall to hear "an idiot's guide to the Goldstone Report" by Israel Connect chair David Cohen. More potential audience members had to be turned away at the door.

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Israel boycotters pitch up in Waitrose

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

Security guards were forced to remove protesters who pitched a tent in the aisle of a Waitrose store and spent an hour urging shoppers not to buy Israeli goods.

The protest was organised by Brighton Jordan Valley Solidarity and its supporters included Simon Levin, one of the seven activists cleared last month of damaging an arms factory after successfully claiming they had acted to prevent Israeli "war crimes".

Staff called police after 10 protesters refused to move from the store in Western Road, Brighton.

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Israel boycotters pitch up in Waitrose

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

Vsecurity guards were forced to remove protesters who pitched a tent in the aisle of a Waitrose store and spent an hour urging shoppers not to buy Israeli goods.

The protest was organised by Brighton Jordan Valley Solidarity and its supporters included Simon Levin, one of the seven activists cleared last month of damaging an arms factory after successfully claiming they had acted to prevent Israeli "war crimes".

Staff called police after 10 protesters refused to move from the store in Western Road, Brighton.

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Full text of anti-Israel activist acquittal revealed

By Marcus Dysch and Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

The full transcript has been revealed for the first time of a judge's summing-up in the trial of seven anti-Israel activists acquitted of damaging an arms factory in January 2009.

Judge George Bathurst-Norman had told the jury at Lewes Crown Court that the group's leader should be awarded the George Cross for his campaign.

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