New US shul appoints minister
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Rabbi Avi Scharf has been appointed minister of the United Synagogue's newest congregation, Hendon-based Alei Tzion.
Currently a senior rabbi at Ohr Torah Stone Yeshiva High School in Jerusalem, he will also be the rabbinic scholar in residence at the London School of Jewish Studies and head the kollel at Immanuel College, Bushey.
Other previous posts have been with Shirat Shlomo Synagogue in Efrat, the Young Israel community in New York and Cornell University. Married with four children, he takes up the Alei Tzion post next month in succession to Rabbi Binyamin Tabory, who will be returning to his role as one of the senior rabbis at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush).
Welcoming the appointment, Alei Tzion chairman Eliot Kaye said: "As one of the fastest growing communities in the UK, we are extremely excited to have Rabbi Scharf and his wife Devorah leading us.
"We are confident that their inspirational approach to Torah education and community development will motivate the Alei Tzion community to grow further within our new US family."
Rabbi Scharf said he was excited to be joining "a truly modern Orthodox, Zionist community. Alei Tzion is a place where members care about one another and are welcoming to others. It is a community that is growing both physically and spiritually, thanks to the leadership of its lay leaders and Rav Tabory.
"It's an honour to continue the spiritual development of such a young, vibrant and learned community."