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

Synagogue Members Run 10k in Aid of Special Needs

funrun.jpgFour members of the Lubavitch Beis Gavriel synagogue in Hendon, North West London, have raised over £4,000 in the annual Maccabi Community Fund Run held last weekend.

The money raised will be split between the synagogue and Kisharon, which provides the Jewish community with support for hundreds of people with learning difficulties. Raising the money for Kisharon is of special significance to the members of Beis Gavriel since their congregation is housed in the organisation's Adult Services centre on Parson’s Street, Hendon.

The runners, David Abramson, Mendy Freundlich, Yaakov Potash and David Jason, had been in training since Passover and were each sponsored to run 10km (6.2 miles) at the run held in the… Read More »

Large Crowds Flock to Chabad Centres for Shavuot

ice-cream-cone.jpgHundreds packed Chabad centres up and down the country to enjoy Shavuot last week.

The festival, which commemorates the bringing of the first fruit in Temple times and the giving of the Torah some 3,322 years ago at Mount Sinai, is marked in our today with late-night Torah learning, dairy feasts and reading the Ten Commandments.

In Manchester, the Shavuot celebrations at L'Chaim-Chabad Lubavitch focused on bringing the beauty and joy of the festival to as many Jewish people as possible. Over 45 volunteers spread across the city to participating synagogues where they ran Shavuot Ice-Cream Parties for children in whose merit, according to the tradition, the Torah was given to Jewish people.

"Children had the chance to… Read More »

Lady Jakobovits Passes Away at 81

ladyj1.jpgLady Amélie Jakobovits, widow of the late British Chief Rabbi Lord Immanuel Jakobovits, passed away on Friday after a short illness at the age of 81.

Known affectionately by the Anglo-Jewish community simply as “Lady J,” she was eulogized by the current British Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, as “an extraordinarily vivid figure of seemingly inexhaustible energy and effervescence.”

Born in Ansbach, Germany, the daughter of Rabbi Elie Munk, she survived the Holocaust by escaping to Paris in 1937 and then to Switzerland. It was there that she met Immanuel Jakobovits, shortly before he became Chief Rabbi of Ireland. He later went on to become the rabbi of New York’s Fifth Avenue Synagogue, a position he… Read More »

New JLI Course Attracts Capacity Crowd in Leeds

Iyar 133 - Copy.jpgA capacity crowd of over 40 people filled Leeds Lubavitch Centre for the start of the new Jewish Learning Institute course, Beyond Never Again.

The first session, entitled 'Struggling with G-d,' looked at faith after the Holocaust, asking how G-d could have allowed it to occur.

Arek Hersh MBE, an Auschwitz survivor and veteran of Israel's War of Independence, opened the course and answered questions about his experiences and beliefs.

Rabbi Eli Pink, education director of Leeds Lubavitch Centre, challenged delegates to reason how and why an omnipotent, omniscient and 'omni-benevolent' G-d could allow the Holocaust to happen.
 
"This was the best JLI session yet," enthused one regular JLI attendee. "The… Read More »

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