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 …

St Annes looses popular Rabbi

Since becoming the rabbi at St Annes shul in 2013 Rabbi Ephriam Guttentag and with his wife Malki have enjoyed great popularity amongst the congregation of 200 in the seaside resort. But now they are leaving to take up a new job in Hampstead Garden Suburb, who number up to …

Beyond Duty

An exhibition, called “Beyond Duty” pays tribute to the diplomats, hailing from 21 countries, who have been recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations. “In a time of supreme moral testing and in the darkest hours of the Jewish people, these people acted by the dictate of their …

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 …

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.