UK News

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

Thousands Converge on UK Chabad Centres over the Holiday Period

jcrh.jpgThousands of people descended on Chabad centres across the UK to enjoy meals, services and classes over the High Holiday period.

In Central London, Rabbi Yisroel Lew, director of Chabad of Bloomsbury, ran a programme of explanatory Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in conjunction with West End Great and Western Marble Arch congregations.

"We experienced a large number of people - young and old - participating in our services," said Rabbi Lew.

Over 250 people also turned out to festive meals at Chabad of Bloomsbury over Rosh Hashanah. When not serving meals and leading services, Rabbi Lew was kept busy blowing shofar for the ill and bedbound at University College Hospital and Great Olmond Hospital for Children.

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Founding Member of the UK Lubavitch Community Passes Away

schrtroks.jpgThe UK Lubavitch community is mourning one of its founding members, Rabbi Ovadiah Schtroks, who passed away last week. He is survived by his wife and children, many of whom are Chabad emissaries around the world.

Born in Uman, now in modern-day Ukraine, to Rabbi Nachman Zeev Schtroks, Rabbi Ovadiah Schrtroks studied in the Lubavitch yeshiva in Kremenchug. He left Russia after the war as a refugee, travelling through Europe to Paris. He came to London in the 1950s having worked as a shochet (kosher slaughterer) in Dublin, Ireland.

As one of the founders of the Lubavitch community in London, Rabbi Schtroks was tireless in taking on many communal responsibilities such as fundraising, teaching and serving as chazzan on High Holidays.

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Shofars and power tools

jcrh.jpgOver 180 people got ready for Rosh Hashanah by making their own shofar through a Whitefield Chabad workshop on Sunday.

Parents were encouraged to bring their own power tools but children also got the chance to construct a shofar from a raw horn.

They were told why it is sounded and about Rosh Hashanah and its customs.

Whitefield Chabad director Rabbi Shmuli Jaffe said the idea was to have "adults working alongside their kids and helping each other. It was very interactive."

The event was organised in conjunction with the London branch of Lubavitch educational organisation Tvios Hashem.



UK Chabad Centres Welcome Influx of Tourists over the Summer

weinman.jpgWith over 29.9 million overseas visitors to United Kingdom per year, the summer period has seen hundreds of tourists flock to Chabad centres around the country.

The annual Edinburgh Festival draws thousands of performers and hundreds of thousands of spectators to Scotland's capital city where Rabbi Pinny and Gitty Weinman greet them with Shabbat hospitality and a dose of Jewish spirituality.

Rabbi Weinman, together with rabbinical students, Yaakov and Hershy Hecht (pictured), set up a table on Edinburgh's Royal Mile where performers and visitors gather.

"We get hundreds of people stopping at the stall every day and around 30 people put on tefillin. We have also handed out around 150 Shabbat candles every week," Rabbi Weinman to… Read More »

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