Taking Mitzvah Day to a broader demographic

By Barry Toberman, September 2, 2016

Leaders of Mitzvah Day are targeting unaffiliated Jews to widen involvement in the November weekend of good deeds.

A revamped website will help groups or individuals not involved in communal life to organise a Mitzvah Day project or join an existing one. It will also assist those in smaller communities looking to run an activity.


Rabbi shows solidarity with desecrated mosque

By Josh Jackman, February 11, 2016

Bristol's Liberal rabbi has demonstrated solidarity with the local Jamia Mosque after attackers threw bacon sandwiches at the building, verbally abused worshippers and left an England flag with a "No Mosques" slogan outside.


Masorti expands regionally in Bristol fashion

By Josh Jackman, November 12, 2015

A Bristol congregation has joined the ranks of Masorti Judaism as part of the movement's expansion plans in the regions.

Following its approval by Masorti's board of trustees, Bristol held its first official Shabbat at the weekend with Rabbi Oliver Joseph officiating.


School's 'galling' plan for burial site

By Cathy Forman, September 11, 2014

Bristol Jewish leaders have accused the city council and a local school of insensitivy after not being consulted over a building plan for a medieval Jewish cemetery site.

Queen Elizabeth's Hospital school has submitted proposals to add a classroom block to its Brandon Hill premises. When the school was built in 1846, Jewish graves were uncovered.


Bristol rabbi inducted

November 29, 2012

American-born Rabbi Monique Mayer has been inducted as the Bristol and West Progressive Jewish Congregation minister.

The service was led by Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich and also featured emeritus minister Rabbi Francis Berry, who has been part of the community for more than 30 years.


All ship-shape and Bristol fashion as shul gets listed status

June 15, 2012

Bristol’s Park Row Synagogue has been awarded Grade II listed status.


Nazi memorabilia auctioneer donates to Holocaust charity

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 20, 2012

The auction house which made thousands of pounds selling Hitler's 50th birthday present is to change its policy on selling Holocaust items and make a donation to the Holocaust Education Trust.


Boris digs in as JCC starts its £50m building

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2011

The Jewish Community Centre for London, the biggest capital project ever undertaken for British Jewry, took a step nearer fulfilment with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by 200 communal leaders and activists last Thursday.


Bristol grit may see Zara through to sing Hallelujah

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

Most people come back from gap years with souvenirs and a suntan. Bristol teenager Zara Tobias returned from her time in Israel with a place in an international singing competition.

Zara, 19, is one of 30 hoping to be named the next Jewish star at Israel's Hallelujah contest next month.


Soup kitchens charity spices up team

July 21, 2011

The UK arm of Israeli soup kitchens charity Hazon Yeshaya has appointed Spencer Gelding and Yael Simon as co-directors to professionalise its operations. The new team was introduced to supporters at a garden party hosted by Joy and Malcolm Lyons.

A former student chaplain who has lived in New, York, Leeds, Bristol and London, Mrs Simon was formerly Laniado UK chief executive.