Cathy Forman

Glasgow shuls talk merger

By Cathy Forman, January 12, 2012

The merger between Glasgow's two largest Orthodox congregations - Newton Mearns and Giffnock and Newlands - has moved a step closer after a well-attended meeting of the shuls' members on Sunday.

More than 350 people were at the open meeting at Giffnock shul to discuss the proposed amalgamation.

Newton Mearns chair Brian Fox said Sunday's forum - which followed a meeting at the end of last ye

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Party leaders lend a hand

By Cathy Forman, November 17, 2011

The party political leaders are the latest public figures to throw their weight behind this year's Mitzvah Day, the community's national day of volunteering.

David Cameron said: "National Mitzvah Day is a great example of how faith communities across the country are contributing to furthering social responsibility."

Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "Mitzvah Day volunteers will show that the a

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Shul joins the Tribe as it picks youth leaders

By Cathy Forman, November 17, 2011

Prestwich Hebrew Congregation has appointed three youth leaders in the region's first association with Tribe, the youth arm of the United Synagogue.

Aliza Schogger, 18, will lead the eight to 11 year olds, and Shauli Gordon, 21, and Yoni Harris, 22, will lead the Shrubberies' 12-plus age group.

Synagogue president Clive Sayers said the community "is delighted to welcome the Tribe presence to

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Chigwell scores well with Ofsted

By Cathy Forman, November 10, 2011

Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue's holiday club has received a good report from Ofsted.

An unannounced inspection during the half-term holiday programme found that participants "thoroughly enjoy being in this setting.

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Leicester starts the sales to secure a viable future

By Cathy Forman and Sue Jacobs, October 11, 2011

Leicester Hebrew Congregation's city centre synagogue and communal hall are up for sale.

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Wolfson head leaving for executive LSJS role

By Cathy Forman, October 11, 2011

Wolfson Hillel Primary head Jason Marantz is to become chief executive of the London School of Jewish Studies next year, following the promotion of Raphael Zarum to dean.

Canadian-born Mr Marantz, 36, said that "after three-and-a-half extremely rewarding and happy years at Wolfson Hillel, I am very excited about taking on this key position in the Anglo-Jewish community.

"I am looking forward

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Rabbi is off for New Year

By Cathy Forman, October 10, 2011

The recently married Glasgow Reform Synagogue minister was absent at Rosh Hashanah due to ill health.

Rabbi Nancy Morris, who went on sick leave in early August, married congregant Jim Jarvie in the Newton Mearns-based synagogue at the end of that month.

"We need to get her back in healthy mode as soon as possible and back on the bimah," Mr Jarvie said.

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£25m education site nets Liverpool goals

By Cathy Forman, September 27, 2011

Pupils and staff are enjoying life at the new £25 million King David campus in Liverpool, which has brought together the high school, primary school, kindergarten and community facilities.

"It is a once in a lifetime chance to strengthen the community," said Lauren Lesin-Davis, governors' chair of the primary.

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Building bridges in Brum

By Cathy Forman, August 25, 2011

Birmingham Jewish community representative Alan Blumenthal was among the mourners at a public memorial ceremony for the three young Muslim men killed during the recent riots.

The Birmingham Jewish Representative Council vice-chair had previously addressed a peace rally in the city at which he was asked by Tariq Jahan - father of Haroon Jahan, one of the hit-and-run victims - to attend last Thur

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Capital gain is Birmingham's ministerial loss

By Cathy Forman, June 23, 2011

Birmingham Central Synagogue will be without a permanent minister for the High Holy-Days following the departure in August of Rabbi Shlomo Odze.

He is joining South Hampstead Synagogue as associate rabbi after serving the Pershore Road community for six years.

"He will be greatly missed and a very hard act to follow," said Central president Geoffrey Clements.

Rabbi Odze has agreed to help

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Hate attacks on home of rabbi

By Cathy Forman, May 26, 2011

The Leicester Hebrew Congregation rabbi's house and car have been targeted by antisemitic vandals in three nocturnal attacks over the past three weeks.

Bricks twice shattered windows of Rabbi Shmuli Pink's shul-owned property, half-a-mile from the city centre synagogue. On another occasion, a brick was thrown through his car window.

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Leeds head takes a fall

By Cathy Forman, May 19, 2011

The height-fearing head of Leeds' Brodetsky Jewish primary has taken a 300ft bungee jump to raise £1,200 for the school's library.

Jeremy Dunford, 44, took the jump in Tatton Park, Knutsford, at the suggestion of the school's site manager and fellow participant Nigel Barton, 52, an ex-member of the Parachute Regiment.

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Jocko's Scrum Down

By Cathy Forman, February 3, 2011
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Burial row shul tries to go it alone

By Cathy Forman, December 9, 2010

Frustrated by its long-running dispute over burial fees with Birmingham Hebrew Congregation, the city's Central Synagogue is to undertake a feasibility study into establishing its own cemetery.

The Hebrew Congregation (Singers Hill) administers the Witton and Brandwood End cemeteries and Central leaders have been infuriated by steep rises in burial fees and maintenance charges for its members.

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Ilford Primary programme gets MP's vote

By Cathy Forman, November 25, 2010

Ilford South Labour MP Mike Gapes came away "really impressed" by the Mitzvah Day activities at Ilford Jewish Primary.

Younger pupils decorated Chanucah cards for the Blue Peter Go Cardz appeal. Older children were addressed by eight-year-old pupil Darcy Tish, who is recovering from an operation, before making "get well" cards for children in local hospitals.

A serviceman spoke about his experiences in Afghanistan to year five and six pupils, who composed letters to serving soldiers.

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Scotsman hate case man pleads guilty

By Cathy Forman, October 21, 2010

A man has pleaded guilty to distributing threatening and insulting antisemitic material through the website of The Scotsman newspaper.

Mohammed Sandia, 45, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, where Sheriff Michael O'Grady called for a community service report before sentencing next month. Mr Sandia was released on bail.

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UJIA chief promises home sale benefits

By Cathy Forman, September 29, 2010

The incoming Manchester UJIA chairman has pledged that proceeds from the sale of its Mamlock House site will be ring-fenced for the community.

Hale-based Andrew Joseph, 47, who has served the organisation for 20 years, steps up from his role as vice-chair. "It is the intention that the proceeds from the sale of Mamlock House will be committed to a community asset," he said. "The exact nature of that asset is still to be decided."

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Widow 'held to ransom' in burial fees row

By Cathy Forman, August 13, 2010

A 79-year-old widow claims she is not being allowed to erect a headstone for her husband for refusing to pay an additional burial fee which is at the heart of a long-running dispute between Birmingham's two Orthodox synagogues.

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Hackney council winner celebrates

By Cathy Forman, May 13, 2010

With a closely contested general election boosting turnout in the council polls, the leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Hackney Council, Ian Sharer, was enjoying the spotlight.

"It was incredible," he said after his re-election in Cazenove ward, "a tsunami of voters and no one knew who they were. We hadn't canvassed them. We were saying 'who are they coming for?'"

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Redbridge Jewish Community Centre considers relocation

By Cathy Forman, May 6, 2010

A feasibility study on the Redbridge Jewish Community Centre site is being conducted by the local council, which is considering its purchase to expand the adjacent state secondary school.

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