'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.


JDate? It's an Argos man-catalogue

By Venetia Thompson, July 22, 2010

Well, it's over. It's actually been over for a long time. Don't get me wrong, it was fun whilst it lasted, but I just can't do it any more. Something has changed irreversibly. It's not you, JDate, it's me.

Like many Jewish - or in my case, Jew-ish ­- girls in London, I woke up one morning a while ago and decided that, having never really dated a Jewish guy, it might be time to try some out.


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Mitzvah Day: New communities join initiative

November 19, 2009

Regional communities supporting Mitzvah Day for the first time included Bristol, where volunteers from the shuls and university collected groceries for the local Refugee Action Centre.

Both the Orthodox and Progressive synagogues installed boxes for members to donate spectacles for the VisionAid charity. A third project was a blood donor drive.


Buycott combats Morrisons and Waitrose Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, November 12, 2009

Shoppers across the country have been buying as many Israeli products as possible this week to thwart an anti-Israel boycott of two major supermarket chains.

The “buycott” initiative was drawn up by the Board of Deputies and the Fair Play Campaign Group in response to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s action against Waitrose and Morrisons.

Pro-Israel groups hailed the community’s response, with a number of stores selling out of almost their entire stocks of kosher products, including wine, fruit and herbs.


Bristol JSoc meet Israeli ambassador

October 28, 2009

Bristol JSoc enjoyed a positive meeting with Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor last week.

Committee members who had been on year course schemes took part in the lunch meeting, discussing Israeli politics and the Goldstone Report.


Anne Frank exhibition in Bristol

May 21, 2009

In its third visit to Bristol in recent years, the Anne Frank Exhibition featured an interactive virtual tour of the Secret Annexe and graphic imagery of social issues affecting Bristol today. Local Jewish people involved in organising the event included historian Madge Dresser, local students Daniel Gouly and Zara Tobias and several community members who are acting as guides. The exhibition runs at Bristol Cathedral until May 31.


Presidency in Bristol

By Hannah Leader, February 12, 2009

Nick Tarsh is the new president of the governing body of Clifton College independent school in Bristol.

Mr Tarsh was at Polack’s — the only Jewish boarding house in an English public school until its closure in 2005 — and was the first Polackian to be Clifton head boy.

He attends Wimbledon Reform Synagogue and the New London in St John’s Wood, of which he is a founding member.


Canadian couple appointed chaplaincy couple for South West students

August 7, 2008

University Jewish Chaplaincy has appointed Canadians Rabbi Moshe and Melissa Baron as the new chaplaincy couple for students in Bristol and the South West. Rabbi Yoni Sherizen, chief executive of UJC, said: "We are very excited to have such an excellent couple to build on the enormous success of recent years." The Barons replace outgoing chaplaincy couple Rabbi Natan and Ariella Levy.