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.


Minister adapts to Forest life

By Josh Jackman, October 8, 2015

The inaugural rabbi of one of east-London's largest congregations says he feels "very welcomed" by the community.

Formerly minister of Liverpool's Childwall shul, Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg took charge at Woodford Forest United Synagogue - created by the merger of Wanstead and Woodford Synagogue and Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation - before the festivals.

Rabbi Wollenberg said that he and


It's getting better for heritage shuls

By Naomi Firsht, September 21, 2015

Historic synagogues are in better shape than was the case five years ago, a Jewish Heritage report has found.


Butcher's to become a Mersey museum piece

July 23, 2015

Liverpool City Council has announced that the historic frontage of a butcher's shop which supplied kosher meat to the Titanic will be preserved as a Museum of Liverpool display.

Trading from 1907 to the late 1970s in Pembroke Place, Galkoff's was the city's last kosher butcher.


The Jewish Legion marches on in Liverpool

July 22, 2015

Ajex Military Museum archivist Martin Sugarman addressed a Liverpool Jewish History Society meeting on "The 1918 march of the Jewish Legion". He described the formation of the 38th and 39th Companies from Jewish members of the King's Fusiliers, who fought in Palestine during the First World War.


Childwall rabbi's post could be saved

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

Congregants of Liverpool's cash-strapped Childwall Hebrew Congregation are clubbing together to save the job of its rabbi.

Earlier this month, Childwall revealed that it had reached agreement on a redundancy deal with Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, as the shul could not afford to pay his salary.

The plan was to be put before members at the AGM on March 1.


Cash-strapped Liverpool shul makes minister redundant

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

Crippling finances have forced a major Liverpool synagogue to part company with its popular minister.

Childwall Hebrew Congregation has agreed a redundancy package with Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, having calculated that its remaining reserves of £25,000 would be exhausted by the end of 2016 if he remained. The minister, who joined the synagogue in 2011, will serve three months’ notice.


Abel ready for Mersey

February 5, 2015

Rabbi Ariel Abel is returning to an old stamping ground with his appointment as part-time minister of Liverpool's Princes Road Synagogue.

He served the Merseyside community in his early rabbinical years in the late 1990s, before going on to Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation and Radlett Synagogue, from which he resigned in 2010 to pursue educational interests.

Rabbi Abel will conduct his fir


Swastikas daubed at Liverpool cemetery

January 15, 2015

Swastikas were scratched into the door of the prayer hall of the Jewish section of Liverpool's Springwood cemetery at the weekend - and another was daubed on a south Liverpool bus stop.

The bus stop swastika was quickly removed and Merseyside Jewish Representative Council chair Ian Cohen said on Tuesday that Liverpool City Council, which administers the cemetery, had prioritised the removal of


Police investigate Liverpool swastika daubing

By Sandy Rashty, January 13, 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses after swastikas were found scratched into the door of a Jewish prayer hall in Liverpool.

The marks were carved in the Jewish section of Springwood Cemetery in Allerton.

The incident is being investigated by Merseyside police who are treating it as a hate crime.