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 …

Middlesbrough Kehilat

Middlesbrough’s first synagogue, in Brentnall Street, held its first service on Shabbat 6th June 1874 and the building was formally consecrated on Wednesday, 24th June, 1874. A new larger synagogue replaced it, in Park Road South, in 1937 The neighbourging community of Hartlepool Congregation closed in 1968 and merged with …

Derby

The first formal community was formed in Derby at the end of the 19th century. A cemetery was also established. However the Derby Hebrew Congregation held its last service in 1986. It was decided to hand over the community’s Torah scrolls to surrounding congregations. Nottingham Liberal Synagogue was given one …

Brighton & Hove Reform Synagogue

Our community was founded in 1955 and our beautiful synagogue was dedicated in 1967 to serve the rapidly growing community. The 400-capacity building was designed by Derek Sharp; a plaque indicates that the foundation stone was laid on 17 July 1966, or in the Hebrew calendar, 29 Tammuz 5726. Since …

Bournemouth Reform Synagogue

Ritual: Reform Shabbat services are held every Friday night and Saturday morning. On the first Friday of every month, a chavurah supper takes place after the service. Erev Shabbat Service: 1830 Shabbat Morning Service: 1030   Bournemouth Reform Synagogue 53 Christchurch Road Bournemouth BH1 3PA General Enquiries: info@bournemouthreform.org.uk Rabbi’s Office: …

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 …

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 …

Leo Baeck in Sheffield two

Students from Leo Baeck College are reaching out and visiting more Reform communities. Sheffield & District Reform have recently benefitted from two such visits. Student Rabbi Anna Posner visited on 10th September to lead a Shabbat morning service and a study group on ‘Deuteronomy – a summary of everything’, a …