Shul and rabbi settle claim of unfair dismissal

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2016

Reading Hebrew Congregation has reached a settlement with its former rabbi and his wife midway through an employment tribunal.

Rabbi Zvi and Dr Shira Solomons had sued for unfair dismissal following their redundancy last May after seven years with the small Orthodox community.

But on the second day of a scheduled three-day hearing in Reading on Wednesday, the parties came to a confidential a


Rabbi sues over lost job

December 3, 2015

The former rabbi of Reading Hebrew Congregation is taking legal action for alleged unfair dismissal. Rabbi Zvi and his wife Shira lost their posts at the end of May after the congregation said it could no longer afford to pay them.

The couple will both claim unfair dismissal at a local employment tribunal to be held in January.


Ousted minister starts rival group

By Simon Rocker, September 10, 2015

The rabbi of Reading Hebrew Congregation who was made redundant in spring says he will offer alternative High Holy Day services after the synagogue rejected his offer to officiate for free.

Rabbi Zvi and Rebbetzin Shira Solomons lost their posts at the end of May after the congregation said it could no longer afford them.

Since then, several Shabbat services have been held at their home, ad


Bloom in business

June 2, 2011

Claire Bloom has qualified for the Great Britain age group team (45-49) after finishing third at the World Sprint Championship Beijing qualifier at Dorney Lake, Eton.

Bloom, who works at David Lloyd Chigwell, took up sprint triathlon 18 months ago and completed her first full season last year.


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'British Schindler' Holocaust hero honoured

By Robyn Rosen, September 21, 2010

Sir Nicholas Winton, known as the British Schindler after he rescued 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia, has been honoured with the unveiling of a life-size statue of himself.

Sir Nicholas, who is 101, attended the unveiling of the bronze statue, created by sculptor Lydia Karpinska, on the Reading-bound platform at Maidenhead railway station at the weekend.

On the eve of the Second World War, Sir Nicholas began an operation, later known as the Czech Kindertransport, by helping the children escape German-occupied Czechoslovakia and arranging for their safe passage to Britain.


Christian convert lecturer claims discrimination

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

A lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Jewish and Hebrew Studies has told an employment tribunal that she was discriminated against after she converted from Judaism to Christianity.

Israeli Dr Tali Argov, who was a full-time lector in modern Hebrew, said at the hearing in Reading last week that she was ostracised by colleagues and then made redundant after she converted to Anglicanism in January 2008.


Thames Valley Limmud

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Strong demand for Jewish Haringey primary

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2010

Plans are under way to open a Jewish primary school in Haringey which could have the support of synagogue bodies across the board.

Its promoters believe that the responses to a survey of Jewish families in the catchment area indicate demand for a new one-form entry, state-aided primary.

"Haringey does not have any state-aided Jewish school," said joint project leader Peter Kessler. "What it does have is a large and growing number of Jewish families. It also has an under-supply of primary school places and that under-supply is forecast to get worse and worse in coming years.


Reading elects woman president

May 21, 2009

Reading Hebrew Congregation has elected a woman president for the second time in its history. Sue Clarke, who served for the past year as vice-president, was elected to the post at the synagogue’s AGM. Three years ago Sarah Firsht, who served as joint president with Myer Daniels, was the first woman to hold the post. The other board members elected were: honorary life president Jeff Foreman; vice-presidents Sarah Firsht and Myer Daniels; honorary secretary Janette Sassoon; and Tony Woolf as treasurer.