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

Oxford University's Vice Chancellor Speaks at Chabad Shabbat Dinner

vice.jpgOxford University’s vice chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, spoke to Jewish students over Friday night dinner at the Chabad Society.

Hamilton, a former provost of Yale University who was considered by many as an ‘outsider’ for the post of Oxford vice chancellor, replaced Dr. John Hood in October 2009.

Close to 100 students and faculty members attended the event in which the vice chancellor spoke about the burdens imposed by the institution’s 900 year-old bureaucracy, and the impact of current economic difficulties upon the university.

He spoke sympathetically about the difficult choices faced by the recent Browne Review on Higher Education Funding. However, student sentiment was less sympathetic.… Read More »

New JLI Course Gains Approval from Three UK Professional Organisations

medicine+morals.jpgA new session of the Rohr Jewish Learning Initiative (JLI) focusing on medical ethics got under way this week with the backing of the Royal College of Physicians, the Bar Standards Agency and the Law Society (in cooperation UK Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists).

Medicine and Morals examines contemporary case studies and compares secular and Jewish approaches as a means of developing an understanding of medical and legal ethical dilemmas. Solicitors, barristers and medical professionals enrolled on the course will be eligible for Continuing Professional Development credit.

“We are very excited about these developments which we feel speak for the high standards of the course,” said Rabbi Eli PinkRead More »

UK's First Jewish Heritage Centre

IMG_0831 - Copy.JPGThe UK's first Jewish Heritage Centre for Children opened its doors to the public this weekend. The Leeds centre has been made possible by a £275,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant and will focus on the fascinating heritage of the Jewish.
 

Created as an extension of the Lubavitch Centre, the Jewish Heritage Centre for Children is a unique project which aims to teach children from different backgrounds about how Jewish traditions, heritage and culture have survived through the ages until the present day.

Key attractions and education resources in the new building include a recreated 19th century Eastern European farm village where Jewish festivals are brought to life in a fun, "hands on" way, as well as a… Read More »

Manchester Chabad-Lubavitch Emissary, a Young Mother of Six, Passes Away

cohen1.jpgA Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in Manchester, England, lost a month-long battle for her life Sunday, leaving family and friends straining for answers just six weeks after celebrating the birth of her son. A mother of six children, Esther Aidel Cohen was 33 years old when she passed away.

Born and raised in Albany, N.Y., Cohen’s middle name was given to her in memory of her great aunt, who perished as a young girl in Slonim, Belarus, during the Holocaust. Her parents, Rabbi Israel and Rochel Rubin, directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of the Capital District in Albany, said that the name reflected their daughter’s character.

“Like the Yiddish word aidel, Esty was refined and sensitive, genuine and very modest,” said Israel… Read More »

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