Woodside Park lines up Glasgow minister

By Marcus Dysch, September 19, 2008

Woodside Park Synagogue is a step closer to installing a new minister, 10 months after the departure of Rabbi Hershel Radar split the community.

Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch, currently with Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation in Glasgow, is believed to be discussing terms with the shul's management board.

The JC understands that he will spend a weekend at the North London community within the next month with a view to an appointment.

Rabbi Hackenbroch and representatives of both shuls declined to comment this week. But the potential move is already being discussed on the Glasgow Jewish Educational Forum website, with one blogger writing: "Woodside Park no less - a good promotion for the Newton Mearns rabbi."

An appointment would conclude an acrimonious saga started by the departure of Rabbi Rader, who was offered an undisclosed sum, thought to be around £100,000, to resign. Over 500 congregants signed a petition calling for his reinstatement and the then synagogue officers were voted out by members.

Last updated: 7:05pm, September 18 2008