New rabbi for South Bucks Liberals

South Bucks Liberal Synagogue welcomes Charley Baginsky as their new Rabbi. After being associated with the synagogue for a little while Charley has now become their rabbi too. Rabbi Baginsky studied Theology, first at Cambridge and then King’s College London. She then spent several years working in Israel which included …

New Exeter Cheder

The Dreidl Dribblers is starting a new bimonthly cheder, organised by Jody Hall and Anna Turns. The first Passover-themed class will be on Sunday 2nd April. Activities will be tailored to all primary school ages, and beginning with havdalah, festival-based stories and crafts, a short break, some Hebrew letter games and a …

Israeli Mizrahi musicians reclaim centre stage

Musicians Djamchid and her husband Gilad Vaknin are third-generation Mizrahi Jews, whose families came to Israel not from Europe but from the Middle East and north Africa. The music they seek to reinterpret, through their group Ecoute, is what their parents and grandparents once listened to in cities across the …

St Annes first Holocaust Memorial Day

St Annes Hebrew Congregation will have the honour of commemorating the next Holocaust Memorial Day at 11:00 a.m. on Friday 27th January 2017 at The Synagogue, Orchard Road, St Annes, FY8 1PJ. The key speaker will be Arik Hersh, himself a holocaust survivor and a renowned and accomplished speaker. Arek …

Bowden by the Sea

Bowden in South Manchester is home to many ex-pats from the Lancashire resort of Southport, ‘Sandgrounders’. As part of the Chief Rabbi’s initiative of twinning larger communities with smaller ones, Arnside Road synagogue is staging a weekend Shabbaton and inviting Bowden members, along with other former Sandgrounders to a full programme …

Chestnakah!

The Jewish community in Chester went out of their way to make it a special Chanukah for one family  visiting from St Louis USA. They were travelling with a 2 year old and a 2 month child and had forgotten to pack a menorah. They found the community contact details on JSCN and …

Chanukah Oneg Shabbat in Sheffield

Friday 30th December 2016 saw Sheffield & District Reform Jewish Congregation celebrate the 7th night of Chanukah and Shabbat with members, friends and visitors  at an Oneg Shabbat held at a member’s home. Around 25 people crowded into the living room to light their Chanukah candles and celebrate together and enjoy …

JLC seeks regional External Affairs Managers

The JLC has decided to resource communal capacity to mount creative, strategic public policy outreach to respond to today’s most important challenges and to prepare for the future. To this end they are pushing ahead with the second phase of appointing External Affairs managers to serve different parts of the UK. …

Mitzvah Day Durham Success

Mitzvah Day Organiser Hava Fleming led her community Durham & North East Liberal Jewish in a collaborative event with Durham Uni  J. Soc, whose president Jake Goldman massed the Jewish student troops. The event was also supported by Bahai, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Quaker, Chinese, Kurdish, Iraqi and Saudi friends. Thanks went to Waddington Street United Reformed Church, who offered …

Lancashire School Visit

Normally we signpost schools & groups to a suitable local community for synagogue visits and talks about Judaism, but over the Yom Tavim we organised one directly for a Catholic school in Lancashire. Catholic schools teach Judaism as the second religion studied alongside Christianity at GCSE level. However they start early and …