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The Young Headmaster: Jeremy Rosen in First Person

 The Young Headmaster: Jeremy Rosen in First Person
 
My father came from a Lithuanian – that is, non-chasidic – background. He was born in England but was educated at the Mir Yeshiva in Russia, where he received rabbinic ordination. Upon returning to England, he worked as a communal rabbi in Manchester and in Glasgow, finally setting up a Jewish school of his own about fifty miles west of London.

This school was called Carmel College, and it was a Jewish high school for boys, the aim of which was to combine the best of a yeshivah education with the best of a secular education.

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At the time, the top high schools in England were Eton and Harrow, and most upwardly-mobile Jews in England felt that… Read More »

From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

by R Bentzi Sudak

We have just arrived back from a most inspiring week with 500 fellow shluchim from around Europe travelling together to in Moscow, Lubavitch, Liozna, Liadi and Almaty. This was the European Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Shluchim from 40 countries around Europe and the former USSR. This was far more than a conference - it was probably one of the most inspiring weeks of my life, and I thought I'd share some of that inspiration with you.

Our first stop was the village of Lubavitch. 8 hours' drive from Moscow. Tucked away on the western edge of Russia, on its border with Belarus, it is perhaps surprising that such a tiny settlement gives its name to the largest and most well-known Jewish movement in… Read More »

Chabad triumphs on Campus

 

UK Chabad Rabbis Hold Regional Conference in Bournemouth

IMG_9032 (2).jpg“Excellent” “Inspiring”, “a chance to meet and catch up” “every year it just gets better” were some of the comments made by participating shluchim in the annual UK Kinus Hashluchim.

Organised by Rabbi Yehuda Pink of Solihull and his committee, the conference was held in the Normandie Hotel in Bournemouth, South England. With stunning sea views to enhance their stay, over eighty Chabad UK Rabbonim from Newcastle in the north, to Brighton in the south and many places in-between, gathered to learn and teach, inspire and be uplifted.

Beginning on Tuesday 13th Tammuz the anniversary of the release of the previous Chabad Rebbe in 1927 from Soviet imprisonment, the shluchim participated in a… Read More »

Lubavitch Senior Girls’ School Rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted

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Lubavitch Senior Girls’ School has been awarded a ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted in its recent Ofsted inspection. The schools had previously been rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ in 2013 but is now rated as Good in four out of five areas it was inspected in.  

The report highlights the work of the senior team for the school – based in Stamford Hill - improved rating. Mrs Freeman received particular praise in the report which states. “The headteacher has worked with determination and vision to tackle the areas of weakness identified at the last inspection. She knows the school and its community very well and has been able to drive forward change at a considerable pace.”

There was… Read More »

Campus: 200 AEPi Fraternity Brothers Build for the Jewish Future

 

What happens when 200 fraternity brothers get together over the course of a single weekend? Bonding, learning, planning, dialogue, and yes, a whole heap of food eaten. More than 200 fraternity brothers gathered last Shabbat for one of the largest student Shabbatons ever held in the United Kingdom, according to program organizers. The fourth annual AEPi Europe Conclave, hosted by Chabad on Campus UK, was held at the Chabad of Oxford Jewish Student Centre, co­directed by Rabbi Eli and Freida Brackman. Continue...


Hotel Painter Gets Impromtu Bar Mitzvah

This week 84 shluchim, educators, community and campus rabbis from all over the UK convened for the Annual Chabad Lubavitch UK Conference. 

 

Spread over two days, the conference provides an opportunity for Chabad's numerous Shluchim from across the UK to meet for discussions and workshops on various aspects related to their work. 

The conference was held in the magnificent setting of Bosworth Hall Hotel (part of the Brittania Group) in the picturesque village of Market Bosworth, Leicestershire. 

The Rabbis had barely arrived when they discovered that the decorator painting the hotel was Jewish and had never had a Barmitzvah. A pair of tefillin were quickly produced and an impromptu barmitzvah was… Read More »

Chabad in Essex Continues to Thrive

Over 200 guests joined Chabad-Lubavitch North East London and Essex in the Prince Regent rooms, Woodford Bridge for their Annual Dinner to celebrate the ongoing work and growth of Chabad throughout Essex. The feature highlight of the evening was the 10th Anniversary of Chabad Buckhurst Hill recognizing the continued hard work and dedication of Rabbi Odom and Henny Brandman and their success in Buckhurst Hill.

Guest speaker Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, former Chief Rabbi of Israel, gave an inspiring talk on the future of the Jewish community across the world and the common threats all Jews face. He stated that the biggest threat to all Jewish communities more than any other is assimilation and only with organizations like Chabad can we begin… Read More »

Historical Synagogue Plaque Unveiling

 

LBI lofting road 040615-1607.jpegOver 100 people including MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry joined in an historic event in the history of the Jewish Community of Islington on Thursday 4 June 2015, Islington Council and Chabad Islington hosted an event to celebrate the unveiling of Islington People's Plaque on the site of the former North London Synagogue (1868-1958).

The event attracted close to 100 people, including former members of the synagogue, Judith Hassan OBE-the great niece of  the first Rabbi, the last two couples who married there, synagogue warden and attendees of the Cheder (Jewish school). Having moved out of Islington, many of them spoke about the importance of the event and travelling to Islington to celebrate the rich history of the… Read More »

Campus Torah - A First For Leeds

Wed 27th May  --  Over  150 students and community members joined Rabbi and Mrs Michoel Danow at Leeds University to celebrate the completion and inauguration of a new Sefer Torah – a first in the History of Leeds University.

The event began at the University where participants was given the chance to write a letter completing the new Torah.  After the completion, the crowds led the new Torah off the campus in a Parade to the Chabad Student Centre. 

“This is a historical  event for Leeds University “ said one student “the celebratory atmosphere is so palpable, it is a reflection of the Jewish life that the Danow’s provide for the students”.

At the Chabad House… Read More »

Brit-award nominee Alex Clare sings at YJL’s soulful Lag B’Omer party

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Young Jewish London held its large event and attracted 120 young professionals on a drizzly May evening to a soulful Lag B’Omer party at the Merchant Mansion – a grand Georgian mansion in Central London’s Bedford Square.

On arrival, the 20 and 30s professionals’ crowd was greeted by the sultry and toe-tapping sounds of Flamenco fusion band, Somos Cales. The raindrops held off just long enough to barbecue a seriously meaty feast for all.

Following food and socialising, multi-platinum-winning singer and songwriter, Alex Clare shared his music and some of his life story with the receptive crowd.

Lag BOmer with Alex Clare YJL(MM)2015-2859 (1).jpgBrit Award nominee Clare spoke about how his record label, Universal, gave him an ultimatum: play on Friday… Read More »

3500 Participate in Chabad Purim Celebrations

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At some 50 centres up and down the country, Chabad Lubavitch UK brought Purim to the people with packed parties, round-the-clock Megillah readings and a chance to participate in the gift-giving mitzvah of mishloach manot.

Central London workers could enjoy something new thanks to Chabad Lubavitch HQ – an express 45-minute Purim experience on March 5 involving Megillah, food and mishloach manot in 11 locations as widespread as Kentish Town, Marylebone and Mayfair, with firms in the City, such as Goldman Sachs, Linklaters, Deloitte and Deutsche Bank, also being hosts.


75 People participate at Purim Lunch and Megillah at Delloite
The Purim Centre on Finchley Road, London, offered Megillah readings on the hour, every hour – with a total of 16 readings over the holiday. Nearby… Read More »

CHABAD ON CAMPUS UK COUPLES RECHARGE

At any given time during term, hundreds of Jewish students across the UK will head over to their campus Chabad House, knowing that a dedicated Rebbetzin will offer them a safe space to chill out and unwind, a hot meal and a welcome break from the stresses of university life. But during winter break, these devoted women along with their husbands and families got their chance to relax and recharge at their annual conference, which was held in South Manchester last week.

Chabad on Campus 2 (2).jpg“It only lasts 24 hours”, says organiser Mushka Simon, who directs Chabad of Manchester Universities along with her husband Rabbi Eli. “We were keen to ensure that the conference was not just an opportunity to regroup and share ideas for programming… Read More »

Young Jewish London launches with Chanukah party at Mahiki

Young Professionals event in Mahiki Chabad UK 2014(MM)4253 (2000x1333).jpgAn evening of Chanukah celebration and Jewish Flamenco music at the hip Mayfair venue, Mahiki, on December 22 marked the launch of Young Jewish London – a Chabad Lubavitch UK project bringing together Chabad resources for recent graduates and City-based professionals in their 20s and 30s.

Close to 200 City professionals came to light the menorah, spin Dreidels, connect with each other and enjoy the evening.   “It was great to have such a Jewish atmosphere, at such a trendy place” Said Jamie Freedman, a recent University Graduate working in the City “I’ve been here before, but the Jewish vibe and music, just took it to a new level”

Sasha Sher, who came along with her cousin visiting from… Read More »

WHAT A NIGHT!! Crowd of 7,500 Light up Trafalgar Sq

802A5719.jpgA record-breaking crowd of over 7,500 attended Chanukah in the Square, held on the first night of Chanukah December 16th 2014. The crowd was drawn to Trafalgar Square by the 30 foot Menorah, free doughnuts, and great entertainment.

The event, organised jointly by  Chabad Lubavitch UK, The Jewish Leadership Council,  and the London Jewish Forum, with support from the Mayor of London and Board of Deputies, provided an opportunity for the Jewish community and Londoners of all faiths to celebrate Jewish culture with the lighting of the first light of Chanukah in the heart of Central London.

802A6282.jpgThe Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, addressed the crowd, and there were also speeches from the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis and the Ambassador… Read More »

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