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Glasgow shul picks chair as it debates its future

By Adam Henderson, December 23, 2013

Amid talks surrounding the future of Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation, the shul appointed a new chairman at its AGM on Sunday.

The shul is currently in discussions with the United Synagogue and also Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation regarding its future.

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Edinburgh Dialogue looks to build as one

By Adam Henderson, December 23, 2013

The Edinburgh Jewish Dialogue is making plans to decide on the best way to unite the small community.
The latest meeting — which attracted 50 people — heard Dr Jesmond Blumenfeld speak about the Oxford model of Judaism.

This includes different branches of Judaism in the one building holding simultaneous services.

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Outstanding Gan Kinneret Nursery

By Cathy Forman, December 2, 2013

Ofsted inspectors have reported significant improvement at the Gan Kinneret Nursery in Edgware, upgrading its overall rating from “good” to “outstanding”.

The inspectors found that the children “make exceptional progress in the nursery from their starting points”.

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Chief's Brum role is opening gambit

By Cathy Forman, October 21, 2013

Birmingham Central Synagogue hosted Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in its new £1 million shul and community centre on his first regional Shabbat visit since taking office.

He told the 200-strong congregation that it had taken “courage” for the Central to embark on the building project. A post-service lunch marked the formal opening of the Locker Suite.

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Northampton celebrates its 125th

By Cathy Forman, October 21, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis delivered an admiring history lesson to Sunday’s celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Northampton Jewish community, held at the synagogue in Overstone Road.

Rabbi Mirvis reminded congregants that “during the First World War, quite a number of the men of the Northampton Hebrew Congregation gave up their lives in battle in the name of King and country.

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Arizona acquisition for Bromley Reform

By Cathy Forman, October 21, 2013

Rabbi Jason Holtz has swapped the deserts of Arizona for Kent suburbia as Bromley Reform’s new minister.

In Tuscon, Rabbi Holtz was assistant minister at Temple Emanu-El, directing its religion school. In Bromley, he replaces Rabbi Tony Hammond who retired in August after 10 years with the congregation.

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Transfer plan for Calderwood Lodge school

By Adam Henderson , October 14, 2013

Plans to move Glasgow’s Calderwood Lodge Jewish Primary to a shared campus with a Catholic school in Newton Mearns have been unveiled by East Renfrewshire Council.

The council will be consulting both faith groups on the feasibility of the project, which would see the 50-year-old Calderwood Lodge — based in the Newlands area — replaced by a new £9.5 million building.

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