Irish community strengthens

After long-term decline, the Jewish community in Ireland has grown by almost 30 per cent in five years. According to the 2016 Irish census, 2,557 Jews now live in Ireland, with more than half in Dublin. It represents a 28.9 per cent increase since the last census was taken, the …

Newcastle steps nearer shul sale

Newcastle’s United Hebrew Congregation has reached a deal to sell off part of its property to a retirement development builder. Anthony Josephs, president of the congregation, confirmed that the shul had “exchanged contracts on a conditional sale”, dependent on “acceptable planning permission. “The shul was built in the grounds of …

Manchester Museum wins £2.89m extension aid

The Manchester Jewish Museum has won its bid for a National Lottery grant. The money will go towards an ambitious £5m development project that will see the museum double in size, with new galleries, learning spaces, shop and café built in an extension alongside the existing historic building. The former Sephardi synagogue, a Grade …

First Succot in Hexham and Durham

Like the Israelites of old, the Jewish harvest festival, Sukkot, was celebrated in temporary shelters in Durham and Hexham, by the Durham and North East Liberal Jewish community last weekend. The more traditional shabbat and intermediary day of the festival was held in Durham, and on Sunday afternoon the group …

Micro Grants for Europe Survey

DO YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING PROJECT? UJA FEDERATION OF NEW YORK – SMALL/MICRO GRANTS PROGRAM The UJA Federation of New York is undertaking a study to best direct its funds in Europe and the FSU in the future. They would like to understand what your needs, projects, dreams and ambitions …

Conference of Jewish Social Welfare

Earlybird places are available for those wishing to attend the 11th Annual European Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. This year it is being held in Berlin from 3rd – 5th December Register here:- https://swberlin.splashthat.com

Aberdeen appeal

An emergency appeal for funds has been launched by the Aberdeen community, forced out of its home by severe flooding, caused by water damage to its four-floor building in Dee Street. The shul’s Debby Taylor said there had been “heartfelt discussion over the pros and cons of the options available”. One …

Sefer Torah returned to Sheffield

After nearly two years Sheffield & District Reform Jewish Congregation’s Torah was returned to the congregation. It was painstakingly repaired and made kosher by sofer Mordecai Pinchas. A special service was held to welcome the Sefer Torah back, with members of the congregation helping the sofer inscribe the final letters.

Balfour Walk Edinburgh

Sunday 20 August, 2017 :  To mark 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC), is organising a community walk on Sunday 20 August, 2017, around Whittingehame Estate, the childhood home of Lord Arthur James Balfour, and a school for Jewish refugee children during the …

Communities Meeting 16th July

Join us for the first of a series of 4 Regional Meetings on Sunday 16th July in Chester: JSCN is on the road and meeting as many people as possible, listening and learning about the concerns and issues of small Jewish communities. And we’ve not forgotten that you’ve told us about …