Cathy Forman

Belfast Seder warms up Israelis for World Cup win

By Cathy Forman, April 8, 2013

A Seder service in Belfast proved the ideal preparation for the Israel football squad before the World Cup qualifying group game against Northern Ireland last week.

Celtic defender Rami Gershon — who played in the 2-0 defeat of the Irish — was among those who enjoyed the festival celebration in the squad’s hotel the previous evening.

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Muslim aid for Bradford Reform

By Cathy Forman, March 25, 2013

Bradford’s Muslim community has pledged financial support for urgent building work at Bradford Reform Synagogue.

Zulfiqar Karim, general secretary of Bradford’s Council for Mosques, accompanied shul chairman Rudi Leavor and council member Alan Harris to a Bradford Council meeting to apply for funding for the Moorish building in the city centre.

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Windows that need to be kept in frame

By Cathy Forman, March 11, 2013

Birmingham Central Synagogue is seeking homes for 36 etched glass windows before its move to smaller, modern premises on its Pershore Road site.

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Glasgow looks to its 'Futures'

By Cathy Forman, February 18, 2013

Glasgow’s Community Futures Project has highlighted a lack of barmitzvah education in the city.

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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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