UK News

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

Factory Fun as School Children in Leeds Learn about Shofars

shofar.JPGBoys and girls in Leeds measured, sawed, drilled, and polished kudu antelope, water buffalo, goat and ram’s horns to learn how to make a kosher shofar.

The travelling shofar factory, run by Rabbi Eli Pink, Lubavitch Centre of Leeds’ educational director, toured schools in the city which has the second largest provincial Jewish community in the UK.

The shofar making demonstration was a hit in the city’s three Jewish schools as well as Allerton High School and Leeds Grammar school where Jewish students are also enrolled.

"The 'hands-on' approach is the best way to teach," says Rabbi Pink.

"Most of the children had never been to a farm, let alone seen a ram’s horn up close. It brings it to life f… Read More »

Food, family and high holy days: Diary of a Rabbi's Wife

osdoba.jpgRebbetzin Sara Osdoba of the Hull Hebrew Congregation was asked by the BBC to write a diary during the Holy Days and Festivals.

In her diary which is featured on the BBC’s website, Rebbetzin Osdoba speaks about the significance of the Jewish festive period, the important role women play within the Jewish community and, in particular, her active role as a Rabbi’s wife in Hull.

"Once I married a Rabbi, I soon came to learn that I would have to share him with a community," she writes.

"In fact, in the Jewish world, the wife of the Rabbi even gets a title – Rebbetzin."

Discussing the significance of food, she writes: "It's the traditions, the food, the songs and the bonding of the generations. It's… Read More »

People making a difference: Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin

sufrin.jpgNearly killed by terrorists, Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin of London dedicated himself to helping drug addicts, including Muslims, writes Aidan Jones of the CS Monitor.

Picking his way through the smoke-filled London Underground and beyond the mangled subway car, Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin was unsure of what had just happened. Only later, when the news bulletins revealed that the explosion had been caused by a suicide bomber, did he begin to understand.

It was July 7, 2005, the day that four Muslim extremists detonated backpacks filled with explosives on London's public transit system, indiscriminately killing 52 commuters.

"The carriage [the bombers were in] was just one in front of me. What if the guy had seen me when he was getting on?" the Ra… Read More »

Bournemouth Chabad Officially Opens with Torah Scroll Dedication

xOEX3184370.jpgChabad of Bournemouth has officially opened its new centre with 150 people turning out for the dedication of a new Torah scroll.

After three years of holding services in rented accommodation while searching for suitable premises, followed by sixteen months of planning and a million pound construction project, the new Chabad centre’s doors opened to Bournemouth's Jewish community earlier this year.

"We have been running the new centre now for some months, so we were eager bourn1.JPGto have an official opening," said Rabbi Yossi Alperowitz who directs Chabad of Bournemouth with his wife Chanie.

The donation and dedication of a new Torah scroll by Maurice and Helen Kaye in honour of their 75th wedding anniversary was combine… Read More »

Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski to Deliver Fourth and Final Unity Lecture

img20.jpgRabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski will deliver a pre-Rosh Hashanah Unity Lecture entitled Together We Can Fill The World With Light.

The lecture - which takes place this Sunday on September 13 - will be beamed to hundreds of Jewish communities around the world.

Rabbi Dr. Twerski -  a renowned author, psychiatrist and hassidic rabbi - joins Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, Adin Steinsaltz and former Israeli Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau as the fourth and final speaker in the 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, have d in the series of lectures throughout the year.

"The Unity Lectures have given us an … Read More »

The Maharal-Chabad Nexus: An Interview With Dr. Naftali Loewenthal

7.jpgIn honour of 400 years since the Maharal of Prague’s passing on the 18th of Elul, corresponding this year to Monday, September 7 (an auspicious date on the Jewish calendar in general as it is the birthdate of the Baal Shem Tov and of the founder of the Chabad Chasidic movement), Baila Olidort, editor of spoke with Dr. Naftali Loewenthal about the Maharal’s influence on Chabad Chasidic thought.

Dr. Loewenthal, a Chasidic scholar and teacher, is the author of Communicating the Infinite, University of Chicago Press. Dr. Loewenthal lectures on Jewish Spirituality at University College London, part of London University, and directs the Chabad Research Unit in London.

Q: As a scholar who has written extensively on… Read More »

Cambridge Synagogue Appoints its First Rabbi

Rabbi Reuven LeighCambridge Traditional Jewish Congregation has appointed Rabbi Reuven Leigh and his wife Rochel as the synagogue's rabbi and rebbetzin.

The couple moved to Cambridge six year ago to establish Chabad at Cambridge University serving Jewish students.

"When we arrived," explains Rabbi Leigh, "we quickly found ourselves intimately involved with the local Jewish community."

The Cambridge Traditional Jewish Congregation - which describes itself as “an orthodox but independent and unaffiliated community” - has never had a resident rabbi.

"We are delighted to appoint Reuven Leigh as our new rabbi," says Prof. Simon Goldhill, chairman of the Cambridge Traditional Jewish Congregation and fellow of King… Read More »

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