Elect the Chief Rabbi

Is Mirvis main man for chief rabbi post?

By Simon Rocker, November 22, 2012

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack, who is leading the search for the next chief rabbi, declined comment this week on reports that it had now come down to one name.


US rabbi out of chief race

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2012

The odds on the next chief rabbi coming from Britain shortened after an American rabbi tipped for the post said this week that he was not in contention.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Rosenblatt, of the Riverdale Jewish Centre, New York, who had met the selection panel, said on Monday that he was “not involved in the chief rabbi search”.


An overseas Chief Rabbi?

November 1, 2012

Those on future Chief Rabbi watch should keep their eyes peeled for a sighting of Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, who is rumoured to be about to visit here again soon.

A second trip in the space of a few months would confirm impressions that the senior rabbi of the Riverdale Jewish Centre in New York has been moving quietly closer to the centre of the picture as a possible successor to Lord Sacks.


US: Chief Rabbi race wide open

By Simon Rocker, September 28, 2012

It is 10 months since the United Synagogue initiated the search for a successor to Lord Sacks, who is due to retire as Chief Rabbi next September, six months after his 65th birthday and after 22 years in office. But it could be a little while yet before a name is announced.


The inside story of choosing a Chief Rabbi

By Dr Meir Persoff, September 7, 2012

In October 1988, some eighteen months before Chief Rabbi Lord Jakobovits was due to retire, the United Synagogue launched the search for his successor.


Chief Rabbi candidate Soloveichik visits UK

By Simon Rocker, September 6, 2012

An American rabbi who has been touted as a possible successor to Lord Sacks as chief rabbi made his mark on a short visit to the UK this week.

But British Orthodox rabbis were divided over whether Rabbi Meir Soloveichik was suitable to be their next spiritual leader.


Poll shows Finchley's Ephraim Mirvis is favourite for Chief Rabbi role

By Simon Rocker, June 7, 2012

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis of Finchley United Synagogue is the favourite to succeed Lord Sacks as chief rabbi according to a straw poll of UK rabbis conducted by the JC.

Four of 20 United Synagogue and regional Orthodox rabbis opted outright for Rabbi Mirvis, a former Chief Rabbi of Ireland who now heads one of the United Synagogue’s largest and most dynamic congregations.


South Africa's Goldstein wows British rabbinate

By Simon Rocker, September 15, 2011

The Chief Rabbi of South Africa, Warren Goldstein, tipped as a possible successor to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, made a favourable impression on United Synagogue rabbis in a brief visit to the UK.

Rabbi Goldstein was here to deliver the keynote address at Lord Sacks's annual pre-High Holy Day conference for the rabbinate last week.

One US rabbi said: "He had everyone mesmerised.


Get a chief rabbi, but not with a roadshow

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2011

The United Synagogue has not ruled out offering members the chance to vote on the next chief rabbi.

The JC launched a campaign last week for the next chief rabbi - to succeed Lord Sacks when he retires in September 2013 - to be democratically elected, with synagogue members and a wider section of the community having a say in the process.

The US said it was too early to decide what the proce


In 209 years only two chief rabbis went to the vote

By Miri Freud-Kandel, August 11, 2011

Chief rabbinate elections have historically been characterised more by autocracy than democracy.