Elect the Chief Rabbi

Charedi relief over rabbi vote

By Nathan Jeffay, July 25, 2013

Israel’s Charedi establishment breathed a sign of relief on Wednesday, as it kept its grip on the Chief Rabbinate in the elections for the Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis.

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Belmont United is latest synagogue to elect a woman chair

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2013

The United Synagogue has elected its fourth shul chairwoman

Frances Grossman, a former vice-chair, was voted in as chair of Belmont United Synagogue in Stanmore on Wednesday night.

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Split identities of UK chief rabbi hopeful candidate

By The Jewish Channel, May 2, 2013

One of the candidates to be the British chief rabbi and a leading figure in modern Orthodox Judaism has admitted to creating at least one fake identity that he used to promote his arguments among fellow rabbis.

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How Lord Sacks came to be chief

January 21, 2013

Addressing the Chief Rabbinate Conference committee in London on the last Sunday in February 1990 – some 15 months after commencing its search for a successor to Lord Jakobovits – United Synagogue president Sidney Frosh, who had headed the seven-man “sifting” (selection) committee, revealed that during the previous year, his team had had “correspondence from all over the country, offerin

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‘Safe’ choice is probably the last

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 24, 2012

As a non-member of the United Synagogue, my interest in the process by which it has chosen a new chief rabbi is naturally limited. But, as a historian of Britain’s Jewish communities, my curiosity is intense.

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Mirvis appointment: This post matters to Progessives, too

By Rabbi Jonathan Romain, December 20, 2012

The Progressive wing within British Jewry alternates between being non-plussed and concerned about the appointment of a new chief rabbi.

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Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis to be next UK chief rabbi

By Jenni Frazer, December 17, 2012

Britain's chief rabbi-designate is to be Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis of Finchley Synagogue, the United Synagogue has announced.

He will be Anglo-Jewry's 11th chief rabbi. And, like most of his predecessors, Rabbi Mirvis is not British-born.

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Pack pressed on chief rabbi search

By Simon Rocker, December 17, 2012

United Synagogue president, Stephen Pack, was pressed this week over the failure to date to choose a successor to Lord Sacks as chief rabbi.

At a US council meeting on Monday, St John’s Wood Synagogue representative Ronnie Lossos said: “We are getting a lot of feedback from very upset people at the length of time it’s taken. It’s causing bad feeling.”

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United Synagogue undecided on Chief Rabbi successor

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2012

United Synagogue rabbis are concerned about the delay in appointing a chief rabbi to succeed Lord Sacks next autumn.

It is two years since Lords Sacks’s planned retirement was announced and more than a year since the Chief Rabbinate Trust officially launched the recruitment process.

The question of the succession was discussed at a meeting of the Rabbinical Council of the US on Monday.

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Chief Rabbi panel ‘no longer credible’

By Simon Rocker, November 30, 2012

A meeting of the committee responsible for finding the next Chief Rabbi broke up this week without being able to agree a name.

The six men and two women who have been conducting interviews on behalf of the Chief Rabbinate Trust met on Monday night to consider their options a year after the search officially began.

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