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 …

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 …

Southport Celebrates 125 Years

125 years since its founding Southport Hebrew Congregation marked the anniversary with a communal service, lead by Rabbi Fachler, followed by an afternoon tea. It was attended by Chief Rabbi Mirvis, along with the Queen’s representative, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Southport’s local MP Damien Moore, leaders of the Merseyside Rep …

Jewish Manifesto for Local Government

Ed Horwich, coordinator Jewish Small Communities Network, was very pleased to take part in the launch of the Jewish Manifesto for Local Government which took place recently in Leeds. [photographed centre with Gillian Merron and Councillor Paul Wood from Sheffield] “I am very pleased that JSCN is highlighted in the …

JSCN reaching out across the Atlantic

Ed Horwich, creator of the JSCN network, and Samuel Richardson are collaborating to create JSCN USA. Sam is well known in America for his academic work on Small Jewish Communities in the States. Asked how he got into area of study he replies “I woke up one day and wondered …