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.


How our JSocs pave the way for the Big Society

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Students tend to make their presence known. Bar-crawls in matching T-shirts, traffic jams on the first day of term, and shops filled with groups searching for fancy dress are common sights on campuses.

But for many Jewish students, playing a role in the local community where they study is a top priority.


Let's all move to Bristol

By Simon Round, April 8, 2011

I imagine that there are plenty of JC readers out there getting ready to try for children right now. Well, perhaps you should wait until you have read this article before you start.

The general line in the Jewish community is you should go for it – either you will conceive which will be good for our future, or you won't be successful in which case you will still have fun trying.


Pub landlord to offer mikveh water

By Robyn Rosen, February 17, 2011

A pub landlord has applied for a licence to sell water from what is believed to be Britain's oldest mikveh site.

Martin Hughes and his business partners have asked the Environment Agency for a licence to extract 15 million litres of water a year from Jacob's Well in Hotwells, near Bristol.

Mr Hughes bought the Hope and Anchor pub opposite the well 15 years ago without realising its historical significance.

"Like most people in Bristol, I was aware of an ancient well but didn't know much about it," he said. "Living so close to it, I started to find out more."


'Anti-Israel' Gaza flotilla forum cancelled

By Marcus Dysch, July 30, 2010

An interfaith forum debating the Gaza flotilla incident has been cancelled after Jewish communities expressed concerns that the event was “totally inappropriate” and would be a vehicle for anti-Israel sentiment.

The Building the Bridge (BtB) initiative in Bristol had been due to assess the flotilla’s impact on religious groups in the city on Monday evening.

But it was cancelled after Jewish community leaders questioned the role of an interfaith organisation in debating the flotilla fallout.