Preserving heritage

By Cecily Woolf, Brighton, August 13, 2009

English Heritage architect Robin Nugent reported on the essential repairs being carried out at Brighton’s historic Middle Street Synagogue at the Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation AGM.

A £317,000 English Heritage grant is funding work on the Grade II-star property, whose interior was described by Mr Nugent as “the finest in Brighton with the exception of the Royal Pavilion”.


Heather Mills: eat kosher with me

By Marcus Dysch and Cecily Woolf, July 23, 2009

It can’t be easy bouncing back from a high-profile divorce and a personality-pounding from the national press — but Heather Mills may just have found a happy, and haimishe, distraction from it all.

Sir Paul McCartney’s ex-wife this week said she had applied to the London Beth Din in an attempt to secure kosher certification for her range of vegan products.

She plans to serve the food, including fake meat, chicken and fish, at a vegan café she has opened in Hove, East Sussex.


Brighton Reform is split on Siddur

By Yael Breuer, June 4, 2009

The editor of the new Reform Siddur has defended the prayer book against accusations of political correctness in the wake of criticism by the movement’s Brighton congregation.

An EGM at Brighton and Hove Reform voted to adopt the Siddur by a 36-14 majority with one abstention. Dissenters included vice-chair Debra Goodman, who claimed that many members were unhappy about the translation from Hebrew into English.


Brighton in Bloom

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

Brighton & Hove Albion have become the envy of football clubs across the country following an £80 million injection from internet gambling entrepreneur Tony Bloom.

Dividing his time between Sussex and Melbourne, the club’s new chairman marks a third generation to have a member on the board.

His uncle, Ray, is a club director and Harry, his grandfather, was vice-chairman when the club reached the old first division in 1979.

Almost all of the funds from the high stakes poker player will be absorbed by the club’s new Falmer Stadium.


Helping Hands improves contact with volunteers

May 21, 2009

Cross-communal organisation Helping Hands plans to improve contact with its 100 volunteers. The organisation has now introduced a monthly volunteer information sheet and is planning a series of events. Co-ordinator Sarah Wilks said volunteers would be able to share news and views. The next event, for the charity’s drivers, will take place in June.


Building in Brighton

By Cecily Woolf, November 27, 2008

Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation's board has approved the start of work next month on the first phase of essential repairs to the historic Middle Street Synagogue.

The cost of making the building safe, wind and waterproof is in excess of £360,000.

English Heritage has contributed £317,000 towards the project and the shortfall has been covered by internal fundraising.

"We are going to restore this building as a cultural, educational and historical centre," pledged the Brighton and Hove chairman, Martyn Cooperman.


Brighton Rader bid

By Cecily Woolf, November 13, 2008

Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation wants to appoint temporary minister Rabbi Herschel Rader on a permanent basis.

A letter signed by chairman Martyn Cooperman informs members that the board has accepted the recommendation of the congregation's selection committee to appoint the Lubavitch rabbi, "subject to reaching agreement on the terms and conditions of the contract of employment" In that event, an EGM would be called to approve the appointment.


Local musician Polina Shepherd conducts cross-communal Chutzpah choir at the Friends' Meeting House

November 6, 2008

Local musician Polina Shepherd conducted the 23 members of the cross-communal Chutzpah choir and sang two solos in a concert at the Friends' Meeting House, Brighton. The choir performed in Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian and Ukrainian. One hundred people attended the event which was part of Brighton Festival of World Sacred Music. The festival also included Israeli-born singer Mor Karbasi, who performed in Hebrew and Ladino to a capacity audience of 270 people at Brighton's Sallis Benney Theatre.


Rabbi's music CD raises £3,250 for shul's Disabled Access Appeal

October 30, 2008

A music CD made by Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue minister, Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, and Andy Cable, the shul's principal soloist, has raised £3,250 for the shul's Disabled Access Appeal. Entitled Yism'Chu, the CD, a collection and fusion of contemporary and traditional liturgical melodies, is dedicated to Rabbi Sarah's mother, Edie Klempner.


Eastbourne Jewish Social Scene plans afternoon tea and quiz

October 23, 2008

A new group, Eastbourne Jewish Social Scene, is planning an afternoon tea and quiz. The event is an initiative of Eastbourne Hebrew Congregation member Claudette Wolfson and Sharon Gross of the Eastbourne Progressive Jewish Congregation. Mrs Wolfson said: "Our aim is to get together with affiliated and unaffiliated Jews in the area." For further details about the event, to be held on November 9, e-mail