Freedom of speech is a basic human right - or is it?

By jcore, September 21, 2009
Tuesday 29 September


Deputies call on UK shuls to go green

By Robyn Rosen, September 18, 2009

The Board of Deputies has backed a resolution to urge all UK synagogues and Jewish community organisations to take practical steps to reduce their carbon footprint.

At its plenary meeting last week, deputies voted for the resolution, which called on members to recognise the responsibility of the Jewish community to play its part in tackling global climate concerns. The policy, devised by the Board’s Community Issues Division, advised all UK synagogues and Jewish organisations to take action as soon as possible to make their premises environmentally friendly and energy-efficient.


High Holyday Services

By The Hampstead Synagogue, September 15, 2009
Thursday 17 September
11:00pm - 27 September 2009, 11:00pm


Jewish Community Centre gets go-ahead

By Jenni Frazer, September 11, 2009

The long-awaited Jewish Community Centre for London (JCC) has received unanimous planning permission from Camden Council to build its new home in Swiss Cottage, north west London.

The former Mercedes showroom on Finchley Road will be razed and rebuilt as a multi-purpose cultural and social building, expected to open in 2013.


Hampstead's £2m restoration

By Robyn Rosen, September 10, 2009

A lengthy £2.3 million restoration project has been completed at the Grade II-star listed Hampstead Synagogue.

Work on the Dennington Park Road building has included new roofing, heating and ventilation, electricals and disabled access. The kitchen has been refurbished and brick and stonework repaired. The money was raised from donations and the sale of adjoining premises.

“It looks absolutely stunning,” said heritage architect Stephen Levrant. “Instead of being dreary and oppressive, it’s light and wonderful.


Shir B'Yachad Jewish song group

By sasha, August 18, 2009
Sunday 23 August


Sole cause of Africa project

August 13, 2009

Project Chesed, the charitable arm of the United Synagogue, has launched a footwear collection initiative in support of Shoe Aid for Africa. Unwanted shoes, particularly in children’s sizes, will be distributed to needy communities.

Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue was first off the blocks with a shoe party.

In return for their practical donation, children received instruction in the art of shoe graffiti.


Douglas Poster

By sasha, July 10, 2009
Wednesday 15 July


Shabbat room at Royal Free

June 4, 2009

Jews visiting loved ones at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead on religious days can take advantage of its new Shabbat room.

Families can use the room as a place to relax — and be provided with a simple kosher meal.

It is the result of a donation from the family of Betty Gedalla, a Royal Free volunteer for 32 years, who died in December. Her sons Lawrence and Brian were at the opening ceremony, along with Lady Jakobovits and senior Jewish hospital chaplain Rabbi Meir Salasnik.


Transfer bonus delights charity

June 4, 2009

The premises of the former Westmount care home in West Hampstead have been donated to Jewish Care, which intends to transfer residents from its Mapesbury Road home in Willesden.

Established in 1976 by Sidney and Elizabeth Corob, Westmount was a kosher facility offering beds on the basis of need, rather than ability to pay. It closed in April 2008 as a result of declining numbers.

Explaining the donation, Mrs Corob said that she and her late husband “wanted to make sure the home could continue to care for members of the Jewish community with the same ethos and quality as before.”