Cathy Forman

Lubavitch enjoys Celtic net gain

By Cathy Forman, February 11, 2013

Celtic’s new Israeli signing Rami Gershon is a net gain for Lubavitch Scotland.

The 24-year-old defender, who is on loan to the Glasgow club from Standard Liege, lays tefillin every day and “tries to go to synagogue when I can and when training allows”. He took up an offer from Lubavitch Scotland outreach director Rabbi Mendel Jacobs to attend morning prayers last week.

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'Liberation' text is dropped after protest

By Cathy Forman, February 4, 2013

A Palestinian “liberation theology” reading was removed from a Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration in South Shields following a complaint from Tyneside Jewish leaders.

Eric Joseph, the joint president of the Representative Council of North East Jewry, was offended by the inclusion of the reading from the Jerusalem-based Sabeel organisation.

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Objectors force withdrawal of Finchley Reform's £2m plan

By Cathy Forman, January 28, 2013

Finchley Reform Synagogue has withdrawn its planning application to Barnet Council for a £2 million expansion to its Fallow Court Avenue site following objections from neighbours.

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Giving Glasgow a voice on its future

By Cathy Forman, December 27, 2012

The Glasgow Jewish Representative Council is seeking the views of community members to try to plan the local Jewish community’s future.

A community futures consultation document, based on the findings of three working groups in the city and on meetings with the Leeds and Liverpool Jewish representative councils, has now been published and community members’ views are sought on its ideas.

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Brum shul is set for sale and rebuilding

By Cathy Forman, November 29, 2012

Birmingham Central Synagogue has received city council consent for the sale of the synagogue building to a care home developer — and for the conversion of its Malcolm Locker Hall into a modern shul for the 200 members.

The proceeds from the sale of half the Pershore Road site to Gracewell Properties will fund the £500,000 redevelopment project.

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Concentration camp trees given new life

By Cathy Forman, November 29, 2012

Edgwarebury cemetery has held a dedication ceremony for a horse-chestnut tree grown from a conker a Merseyside couple brought back from Theresienstadt concentration camp.

The tree was one of three cultivated by William and Anne Moss from Theresienstadt conkers. Over a 10-year period, they blossomed to 10 feet, outgrowing their pots and the couple needed to find them new homes.

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Complaining neighbours delay £2m Finchley Reform expansion

By Cathy Forman, November 26, 2012

A late deluge of neighbours’ objections is delaying Finchley Reform Synagogue’s plans for a £2 million expansion to its Fallow Court Avenue site.

FRS applied to Barnet Council for consent to update and extend its facilities. The application was deferred by a planning committee last week after more than 100 objections were lodged.

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Essex Masorti warden dies, aged 46

By Cathy Forman, November 16, 2012

Buckhurst Hill Masorti leaders have paid tribute to senior warden Darren Silverne who died on Monday, aged 46, after a short illness.

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Historic Scottish shul acts in self-preservation

By Cathy Forman, November 16, 2012

Garnethill Hebrew Congregation has “gifted” ownership of its historic Glasgow city centre building to the Garnethill Synagogue Preservation Trust to save members from having to foot a £50,000 repair bill.

Built in 1879, the Scottish Grade A-listed “cathedral” synagogue was damaged by storms in January.

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Glasgow deli owner relents on kashrut supervision

By Cathy Forman, November 15, 2012

The Lubavitch owner of a Glasgow kosher deli has had a change of heart over accepting local kashrut authority supervision.

When Rabbi Mendel Jacobs took over the Hello Deli in August, he said it would be under the “strict” supervision of himself and his wife Tzirl and that he would not be affiliating to the West of Scotland Kashrus Commission.

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Waltham Abbey mourners criticise Burial Society

By Cathy Forman, October 25, 2012

A bereaved family has criticised the United Synagogue Burial Society over the absence of buggies to ferry elderly mourners to gravesides at Waltham Abbey cemetery on Sunday.

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Class act at King David Birmingham

By Cathy Forman, August 9, 2012

Ofsted and Pikuach inspectors have described KIng David Primary as a good school.

The Ofsted inspectors found that the school, which serves a culturally diverse community, is under a leadership and management that is “firmly focused on improving teaching to make this an outstanding school”.

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Heather Cottage, Yorkshire Dales

By Cathy Forman, August 3, 2012

Homemade carrot cake and a welcome cuppa by the Aga went a long way to reviving our flagging spirits after a drive up the A1 from London to the Yorkshire Dales through torrential rain to the two-bedroomed Heather Cottage guest house in Aysgarth Village.

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