UK News

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

Once an Upstart, Always an Upstart: A Staid Old Lady Gets New Life

sr1.jpgLondon’s oldest surviving Ashkenazi synagogue hasn’t held a Friday night service in so long that members can’t remember the last time someone sang the Sabbath hymn of “Lecha Dodi” in its ornate sanctuary. But when guests gather at the 143-year-old Sandy’s Row Synagogue in the capital’s East End tomorrow evening, they’ll sing the special liturgical poem and more, welcoming the dawn of the holy day before enjoying a fully catered meal at the neighborhood landmark.

Rabbi Mendel Cohen, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Shoreditch and rabbi of the Saatchi Synagogue in S. John’s Wood, has partnered with board members at Sandy’s Row to welcome Jewish students from surrounding colleges, old… Read More »

Jewish Women in Nottingham 'Think Pink' to Fight Breast Cancer

37117_489835372106_551182106_7425954_6494544_n - Copy.jpgWith an array of enticing pink cupcakes, desserts and decorations, Jewish women in Nottingham came together last week for a ‘Think Pink’ evening as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The initiative - which aimed to raised awareness as well as funds to combat breast cancer - took place in Nottingham Hebrew Congregation and was organised by a committee of students and community members, spearheaded by Brocha Lent, co-director of Chabad of Nottingham.

“There isn't a person in the country who doesn't know someone who has or had breast cancer,” says Lent.

Breast cancer is the second biggest cause of death from cancer for women in the UK with nearly 46,000 diagnosed cases and 12,000 deaths each year.

As… Read More »

First Campus Chabad House Opens in Manchester

icuj4808221.jpgJust in time for the fast-approaching holiday of Chanukah, the network of campus-based Chabad-Lubavitch centers in the United Kingdom is expanding once more with the opening of the first-ever Chabad House dedicated to university students in Manchester, England.

Rabbi Zalman and Mushky Loewenthal moved to the city just a few weeks ago and quickly found a home near the University of Manchester from which they will provide a home away from home for one of the U.K.’s largest Jewish student populations and the largest single site campus for Chabad on Campus U.K.

“Now that we’re living here, we’re meeting new people,” says the rabbi, quipping, “I just got a library card.”

According to Rabbi Eli Brackma… Read More »

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