North and south join forces for mass educational programme

By Jay Grenby, January 27, 2011

United and Liberal communities north and south of the river have once again combined to organise major HMD educational activities for almost 3,000 secondary school students.

Two-thirds of that number were at the Northwood United/Northwood and Pinner Liberal event, now in its 10th year.

Pupils from 33 schools in Harrow, Hertfordshire and Hillingdon took part in 18 sessions at the shuls. There were also satellite sessions at the Bushey and Borehamwood United synagogues.


Kingston professionals hit right note

October 7, 2010

Kingston Synagogue's decision to bring in professional chazanim over the High Holy Days has been rewarded with significantly increased attendances.

Three hundred people were at a midnight selichot service with renowned American cantor Moshe Schulhof. To avoid impacting on shul funds, the event was sponsored by anonymous donors.


American selichot star

September 7, 2010

Kingston Synagogue brought in a star attraction for its first midnight selichot service on Saturday.

Chazan Moshe Schulhof flew over from Miami to take the lead role. He was accompanied by the 25-strong London Cantorial Singers under the direction of David Druce and with boy soloist Amitai Kerbel.

An audience of 300 included guests from other south London communities.

Also present was United Synagogue chief executive Jeremy Jacobs, who was among the speakers.


Czech Jewish heritage visit

By Jay Grenby, July 29, 2010

A mayoral reception, concert and an art exhibition were features of the programme organised by the Ostrava municipality for an international party of descendants of the Czech city's pre-war 30,000 Jewish community. The visit was arranged through Kingston Synagogue's Ostrava group.

Tour leader David Lawson was astonished by the huge media interest in the trip - it was reported on Czech TV and radio and in the country's leading daily newspaper.

"It was very emotional for the visitors to discover their roots in Ostrava," he said.


Kingston synagogue's memorial in Ostrava

By Jay Grenby, June 24, 2010

Kingston United Synagogue's Ostrava Group has been instrumental in the establishment of a memorial to Holocaust victims from the Czech town.

Cobblestone-sized shiny brass plates, recording the name, date of birth, deportation destination and date of death have been installed on the pavements outside their former homes.


Kingston synagogue helps Czech Jewish archive

By Jay Grenby, March 18, 2010

America's Holocaust Memorial Museum is to fund the digitisation of a Czech archive assembled by Kingston Synagogue's Ostrava group.The support was announced on Sunday at the group's annual reception for survivors and descendants of Ostrava Jewry.

The group was set up five years ago to find out more about the history of Ostrava and its Jewish community after a Sefer Torah once used there was offered to the Kingston shul on permanent loan by the Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust.


Stalker jailed for four months

By Marcus Dysch, January 18, 2010

A “socially inadequate loner”, who stalked a young mother for more than five years, has been jailed.

Elliot Fogel, 34, was given a four-month sentence after he admitted breaching a restraining order which banned him from any contact with Claire Waxman.

He had stored material on his computer including around 40,000 Google searches of Mrs Waxman’s name, a satellite image of her home, and her wedding picture.


Kingston synagogue explores Czech links

By Jay Grenby, January 7, 2010

Kingston Liberal Synagogue is giving members the opportunity to explore its links with the Czech communities of Tabor, Blatna and Rychnov through an exhibition based on the Czech scrolls which the shul has on permanent loan.

The display tells the story of individuals, families and communities in the Nazi era and beyond. Inspired by a visit from the research director of the Czech Scroll Memorial Trust, Michael Heppner, a team led by KLS members Naomi Cream and John Gould has built on previous research to assemble the material.


Rabbi enjoys warm welcome

By Jay Grenby, December 3, 2009

The Chief Rabbi celebrated a new chapter in the history of “one of the liveliest, warmest and most welcoming shuls in London” when he inducted Rabbi Michael Rosenfeld as Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue’s minister on Sunday.

Lord Sacks told his audience that the young American-born minister had already “endeared himself to the Kingston congregation as someone who cares both about the community and the individual”.


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