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

Mikveh Projects in Cambridge and Edgware Get the Go Ahead

mikvah.jpgTwo mikveh projects in Cambridge and Edgware have recently been given the green light by their respective council planning authorities.

After a lengthy period going through the planning process, Cambridge’s Chabad House was given the go ahead to convert a garage into the city’s first Jewish ritual bath.

The mikveh will  dedicated in the memory of Chaya Rochel Paley – the sister-in-law of Chabad House directors Reuven and Rochel Leigh - who passed away two years ago at the age of 26, leaving behind a husband and a one-year-old son.

In an interview with the Jewish Chronicle newspaper, Rabbi Leigh, who also serves as the Rabbi of the Cambridge Traditional Jewish Congregation, said… Read More »

Chabad of Hendon Treks the Great Wall of China

the trek (2).JPGIn a case of East meets West and South joins North, adventurers and spiritual-seekers from London, Israel and South Africa teamed up to take on the challenge of the Chabad of Hendon's Great Wall  of China trek.

Eleven participants, aged sixteen to seventy, flew to China to hike along the Great Wall. The Wall snakes over mountain tops and along cliffs through almost 4000 miles of varied and breathtaking landscape. The Chabad team got a taste of it by undertaking a four day hike.

Currently in its fifth year, the annual trek has seen Rabbi Dovid Katz, educational director of Chabad of Hendon, lead Jewish expeditions to exotic destinations such as Nepal, India, Tanzania and Peru. While Rabbi Ari Shishler of… Read More »

Chabad Serves Up an Ace with Kosher Food at Wimbledon

wimbledon-tennis.jpgQueuing for Wimbledon? No need to take your own kosher sandwiches this year as Chabad of South London Campuses will be offering kosher food at the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.

The Kosher Café trailer, situated in the Wimbledon Golf Club car park by ‘The Queue’, is ideal for those standing in line for tickets or anyone who would like a kosher snack before or after play.

This is the second year running that Chabad of South London Campuses, a branch of Chabad on Campus, based in Wimbledon, will be serving hot and cold kosher food and tennis enthusiasts will be able to enjoy kosher snacks throughout the competition, including: kosher barbecue, sandwiches, baked potatoes as well as the British… Read More »

House of Commons Speaker Shares Shabbat with Students

bercow.jpgStudents, faculty and community members converged on the Oxford Chabad Society last week to celebrate a historic Friday night meal with the first Jewish speaker of the House of Commons, Mr. John Bercow, MP.

Bercow joined Parliament as the MP for Buckingham following the 1997 General Election. After filling various roles in the Conservative’s shadow cabinet, he was elected to the office of speaker in June 2009, and was subsequently re-elected last month following the dissolution of Parliament.

Speaking about his Jewish upbringing in Edgware, North West London, Bercow told those present that spending Shabbat in Oxford takes him back to his childhood when his family would celebrate Shabbat in their home.

As… Read More »

Chabad Lubavitch UK Opens State of the Art Children's Centre

centre1 - Copy.jpgOn Monday, The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks officially opened the first UK Lubavitch Children’s Centre (LCC) in Stamford Hill. The Lubavitch Children’s Centre is a pioneering modern, welcoming space catering for the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual wellbeing of children from all backgrounds of the Jewish communities in Stamford Hill. 

Supported by the Hackney Learning Trust and Haringey Council and designated a Sure Start Children’s Centre by Together for Children, the LCC is more than just a children’s centre. Fundamental to Chabad Lubavitch ethos, learning should not be confined to childhood or the classroom, but is a lifelong process. A child’s potential is best achieved in an… Read More »

Renowned Jewish Medical Ethics Expert Speaks at Imperial College

DSCN5622.jpgThe United Kingdom was honoured to receive the man who wrote the law on medical ethics in Israel. Professor Avraham Steinberg flew over from Israel to speak to Imperial College students and interested parties about the ethics of ending life. He headed the committee in Israel which wrote the Dying Patient Act 2005.
 
The talk was opened by Professor Edwina Brown, who posed the question: is extending life really extending dying? Prof. Steinberg didn't address this issue in as many words, but he gave enough information for us to think about that ourselves.

The talk opened with a couple of jokes, to ease the tension on a rather sombre topic. Steinberg was anxious to emphasise that the end of life dilemma is primarily social … Read More »

Sobibor Survivor Tells the Story of his Escape

sob4.jpgThomas Toivi Blatt, one of only five living survivors of the Sobibor extermination camp, spoke to over 500 people throughout the UK on a speaking tour organised by Oxford Chabad Society, with locations including Newcastle Hebrew Congregation, Lubavitch of South Manchester, Hasmonean Boys School in North West London and Edgware Chabad House.
 
In Oxford, close to 100 students and community members came to hear Blatt speak. Robert Slager, the grandson of Esther Jacobs - in whose memory the event was dedicated - and father of David Slager - the principle supporter of the Slager Jewish Student Centre in Oxford, opened the event, speaking in memory of his grandmother.

“Who can explain why the young and the elderly… Read More »

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