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.

JSCN adds to Holocaust Memorial consultation

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, is currently undertaking consultations on proposed plans for the Holocaust Memorial and visitor centre, which is expected to be created in London adjacent to the Houses of Parliament, in Victoria Tower Gardens. JSCN co-ordinator Ed Horwich was invited to take part in the consultation process …

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 …