UK News

The latest news stories about Chabad Lubavitch from around the UK.

Oxford Inaugurates First Jewish Ritual Bath in Seven Centuries

NnxN2073075.jpgIsraeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and other notables helped inaugurate the first Jewish ritual bath to be built in the English city of Oxford in more than seven centuries.

Built by Chabad-Lubavitch of Oxford, the Slager Family Mikvah "fulfills a vision by the founders of the Oxford Jewish community dating back to 1845," according to Rabbi Eli Brackman, co-director of the Oxford Chabad House, which serves local residents and students of Oxford University. "Back then, local Chief Rabbi Nathan Adler inquired about the presence of a mikvah, to which the community of four families, 20 individuals and one ritual slaughterer responded ‘not yet.’"   Continue...

Tanzania Mountain Journey Tests the Strength of Jewish Londoners and Israelis

mDRc2068533.jpgThe night before his 14-hour hike up Mount Meru – a nearly 15,000-foot tall volcano in Tanzania’s scenic Arusha National ParkDr. Itamar Shein couldn’t sleep.

“Is this altitude, attitude or just anxiety?” the Londoner wrote in his journal.

In the end, it didn’t matter. The general practitioner, who joined a group of 12 Jewish men from Great Britain and Israel for a trek through the African nation benefiting London’s Chabad-Lubavitch of Hendon, battled fatigue and the elements to successfully make it to the summit.



Jewish Pattern Takes its Place in History of Scottish Tartans

ZIpl2059650.jpgJewish people have inhabited Scotland for more than 300 years, but in all that time, the group hasn’t been able to lay claim to a tartan of its own.

According to Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Mendel Jacobs, reputed to be the only Scottish-born rabbi living in the country, the recent unveiling of the first distinctly Jewish tartan – a patterned cloth known in America as plaid – now gives Scotland’s Jewish community an important measure of distinctly Scottish pride.  




Londoner Appointed to Lead Rabbinical Council

Y_SchochetL.jpgThe Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue in England appointed Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet to serve as its chairman for the next three years.

Schochet, who since 1993 has served as the rabbi of London’s Mill Hill Synagogue, replaces outgoing chairman Rabbi Mordechai Shlomo Ginsbury of Hendon United Synagogue in Raleigh Close.   Continue...


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