Mersey congregation beats a path to the US

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2016

Another regional community is exploring the possibility of joining the United Synagogue.

Talks have been ongoing between Childwall Hebrew Congregation in Liverpool and US officials over the past few months.

Sheffield was the first northern congregation to become a member of the US two years ago and Nottingham has been toying with a similar move.

Childwall president Denis Salamon said the


Liverpool care hub is revamped

March 31, 2016

A renovation project that will transform Merseyside Jewish Community Care's Shifrin House HQ is set for completion this month.

The "several hundred thousand pound" outlay - funded from donations and the MJCC reserves - is a significant commitment for a charity in a small community.


Pensioners face arrest

By JC Reporter, March 10, 2016

Police have issued an arrest warrant for an elderly Jewish couple who failed to turn up to court after they were accused of sending their daughter an abusive letter.

Hedy Freedman, 71, and Steven Freedman, 76, are alleged to have dispatched the letter to Danielle Hampson.


Merseyside FOI to hold activism conference

February 11, 2016

Merseyside Friends of Israel is set to hold its inaugural conference, with speakers including MP Louise Ellman.

Grassroots group We Believe in Israel director Luke Akehurst, Stand With Us UK chair Joy Wolfe and Board of Deputies grassroots consultant Steven Jaffe will also address more than 100 guests at the event.


Architectural collective wins Turner Prize

By Naomi Firsht, December 10, 2015

Animal carcasses and fossils are just some of the Turner Prize-winning installations that have divided critics over what can and cannot be deemed art.

This year's winning nomination looks set to continue the trend as judges of the prestigious contemporary art prize have widened the definitions of contemporary art, choosing an architectural collective as the winner for the first time.


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.