Community Development Worker Sheffield

A “Community Development Worker” is being sought by  Sheffield & District Reform Jewish Congregation. The selected person will engage with both existing and potential new members, with a view to also increasing our membership.   Hours: 10 to 20 hrs / week flexible Salary: negotiable – based on skills and previous …

Israelis form their own community in Cambridge

A year ago, Israeli parents living in Cambridge started to explore the potential for an organised community in the city, motivated by a desire to boost their children’s knowledge of Hebrew. They formed a WhatsApp group, put up posters and came up with a name, Alumot – meaning both “rays …

Blue Plaque for Barnsley

A FORMER synagogue in Barnsley has been commemorated with a blue plaque. John Love, of the trust, said the synagogue was a house, most likely lived in by a Jewish family who used it for prayer meetings. John, of Huddersfield Road, Barnsley, said: “I was aware there had been a …

Vibrant new rabbi for St Annes

St Annes Hebrew Congregation have appointed Rabbi Danny Bergson as their new Rabbi who, together with his wife Anna and family will take up his new role in August, to replace Rabbi Ephraim Guttentag, who will be leaving St Annes after four years to become Community Rabbi at Hampstead Garden …

Nottingham elects woman president

Su Collins has been elected President of Nottingham Hebrew Congregation, the first female president in its close on 200 year history. Su Collins was voted in at the shul’s AGM after a change in the rules to allow a female leader. She will work to restore calm to the community …

Harrogate’s Welcoming Ways

Harrogate synagogue is experiencing a growth in members, vice president Roma Cohen told its AGM. But equally important, she said, was that existing members were attending services on a regular basis. “This is exactly what we need – people to be a part of the community, not just members without …

Southport Reform celebrates 70

Reform Judaism senior rabbi Laura Jenna Klausner led Southport Reform Synagogue’s 70th anniversary service, assisted by former rabbis of the congregation Norman Zalud and Amanda Golby. Also among the guests was Charles Hardy, the shul’s first bar mitzvah boy in 1949, and the three most recent celebrants. The shul has …

Exeter Synagogue ‘Arson attack’

“All hell has been let loose” said the chairman of Britain’s third oldest synagogue, as described how the shul was the subject of an alleged arson attack on Shabbat. Richard Halsey, chair of Exeter Synagogue, said the shul’s vice-president had “called and said ‘the synagogue has been firebombed’. I said …

Sheffield an event to remember

Forty people from 9 communities took part in Regional Network Meeting in Sheffield, held with the fantastic support of Sheffield United Synagogue. Two representatives from Dublin flew over especially to join community members from across the region. As well those from Sheffield, both United Synagogue and Reform, were others from …

Lodz Children’s Choir

While Lodz is rightly associated with the awful crimes associated with the Lodz Ghetto in the Second World War the leadership of the Lodz Children’s Choir has chosen to highlight a different issue associated with anti-Semitism to help understanding among the children themselves and amongst their friends, family and the …