UK News

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

Cambridge Hebrew School Students Celebrate End of First Year

PICT0960.JPGCambridge Hebrew School celebrated the completion of its first academic year this week with a graduation ceremony for close to 30 students and their parents.

The school opened its doors in September 2008 and is jointly run by Chabad of Cambridge and Cambridge Traditional Jewish Community.



South Kensington Centre Celebrates Night of Music

HsRx2976703.jpgFeaturing performances by a flautist from the Royal College of Music and a pianist from Imperial College, the Chabad-Lubavitch centre serving schools in the South Kensington celebrated a night of Chasidic melodies last week.

Community members and students turned out for the event, which offered explanations of selected nigunim by Rabbi Naftali Loewenthal, professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College of London, and Rabbi Avremi Groner, program director of Chabad-Lubavitch of South London.



Chabad Communal Activists Awarded MBEs in the Queen's Birthday Honours List

s_nf_9942_50061.jpgJewish communal figures featured prominently the Queen's Birthday Honours list this year with Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin and Dovid Segelman both receiving MBEs for services to the Jewish community.

The list, published last Saturday, recognises outstanding achievement and service across the whole of the UK with more than 70 per cent of awards going to ordinary people – local heroes from a range of fields – who have made a real difference to life in their communities.

Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin, executive director of Chabad of Ilford, receives an MBE for services to Jewish community relations and for his work founding Drugsline UK - a non-denominational organisation providing a comprehensive range of services for those … Read More »

Tennis Fans Anticipate Kosher Food at this Year's Wimbledon Championships

Wimbledon KosherKosher food will be available this year at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships for the first time in its 122 year history.

Rabbi Dovid and Sora Cohen are offering a hot barbecue and cold sandwiches, as well as traditional strawberries and cream, every day of the two week tournament which attracts over half a million people each year.

"When we moved to London to work with students in South London, we didn’t know exactly where we were going to live," explains Rabbi Cohen, who co-directs Chabad of South London Campuses.

"When we found a house just 300 yards from Wimbledon's Centre Court, we knew that we had to do something like this during the tournament."

As well as serving food daily throughout the tournamen… Read More »

Close to 1,000 Celebrate New Torah Scroll in Mill Hill

nf_3938_133883.jpgNearly one thousand people joined together on Sunday to celebrate the completion of a new Torah scroll at Mill Hill United Synagogue, London.

Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet, rabbi of Mill Hill United Synagogue, reminded those assembled that the launch of the fundraising campaign for a new Torah scroll coincided with the onset of the credit crunch.

He recalls coming home one day and suggesting to his wife, Chani, that maybe it wasn't the right time to raise money for a new Torah scroll.

"Why not?" she immediately responded. 

"The best response to a crisis is something spiritual, especially something as meaningful and powerful as this."

In spite of the worsening financial crisis, the community, which… Read More »

Chief Rabbi Lau to Deliver Third Unity Lecture

Lau_YisraelMeir.JPGHundreds of Jewish communities around the world will gather on Sunday, June 14th, to hear a live broadcast of an address by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, former chief rabbi of Israel.

Rabbi Lau -  noted author and survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp - joins Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks and Adin Steinsaltz as the third of four speakers to address worldwide Jewry as part of the Unity Lectures - a series of webcast lectures being held to mark the year of Hakhel (year of gathering).

In the UK, a number of Chabad Houses, student centres and synagogues, will bring together Jews from all backgrounds to participate in the Unity Lectures.

"The last Unity Lecture in March with Jonathan Sacks attracted over 80 people," says Rabb… Read More »

Lecture Memorialises Short, Inspiring Life of Jewish Graduate Student

isaac.jpgOne year after the untimely passing of a noted 28-year-old graduate student, Oxford University’s Chabad Society inaugurated its Isaac Meyers Memorial Lecture in Jewish Classics with an address on the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Professor Geza Vermes’ lecture for about 70 students, academics and community members at the David Slager Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Student Centre touched on the scrolls’ controversial history, with the professor – a scholar of religious history who was one of the first experts to examine the scrolls following their discovery in 1947, and authored the standard English translation of the find – advancing his view that they belonged to the Essenes, a Jewish sect that ancient historical… Read More »

Hundreds Experience Shavuot with Chabad Centres Throughout the Country

1525_icecream.jpgHundreds descended on Chabad centres around the country to participate in a wide array of events celebrating Shavuot – the festival which marks the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mt. Sinai some 3300 years ago.

Communities traditionally gather on the evening of Shavuot to participate in all night learning, while during the day they congregate to hear the Ten Commandments read from the Torah and to eat dairy foods.

This year Chabad centres provided these conventional festive activities as well as attracting a wide range of Jews from all walks of life with refreshing and modern activities.

The giving of the Torah is described in Chassidus as the ‘marriage’ of the Jewish people to G-d. At Chabad of Hendon,… Read More »

New Chabad Centre Opens in Whitefield, Manchester

0022112.jpgA £250,000 Chabad centre has opened in Manchester's Whitefield area. A one-year refurbishment has transformed the former off-licence into a facility housing a Jewish resource library, Judaica store, lounge and a multimedia lecture hall.

However, director Rabbi Shmuli Jaffe says the centre's greatest asset is its location. "It is opposite the Parkfield Inn pub, which is full of Jews on Thursday evenings, and its street corner is where the kids are on motzei Shabbos, being the only stretch of Jewish shops in the neighbourhood."

Funding has come from local individuals and some small lottery grants. Rabbi Jaffe hopes the building will become a mini-community centre.

"We officially opened on Lag b'Omer with a community ba… Read More »

Undergraduates Spend All Night Teaching Torah to Their Peers

vFNU2936748.jpgShavuot preparations at Chabad of South Kensington, which serves several London campuses, began well in advance of the May 29 holiday. Co-director Rabbi Mendy Loewenthal turned the pulpit over to his college students, who spent two weeks digesting material to lead several classes during the nightlong session.

“It was different from any other studies I’ve undertaken, much more in-depth,” remarked Mark Harris, who attends Imperial College and taught about property rights in Jewish law. “Both because the material is complex and because you have to be prepared to answer questions, I tried to anticipate what others would ask.”  



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