Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

What Rabbi Mirvis can do to make a difference

By Dr Ben Elton, January 3, 2013

The white smoke has gone up. Ephraim Mirvis is to be the seventh Chief Rabbi since the office was established in 1845. He is an unusual choice. He is 10 years older than most of his predecessors were when they started and is known as a pastor rather than a scholar. However, that brings certain advantages.

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Plan for Mirvis’s successor now

By Miriam Shaviv, December 31, 2012

Rabbi Mirvis's appointment as the next chief rabbi has been greeted warmly by the community. He clearly has the respect of his rabbinic colleagues, the affection of his own congregation and he is popular in other synagogues, too.

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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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Universal welcome

December 21, 2012

The selection of Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has, rightly, been met with warmth from across the community - and not just from those who recognise his rabbinic authority. He is near-universally liked and, perhaps more importantly, respected, not least for his hugely successful tenure at Kinloss.

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Twitter first to strike up welcoming Mirvis fanfare

December 20, 2012

This has certainly not happened to any other chief rabbi, Rabbi Mirvis grinned.

“Steve Pack, the US president, addressed the consultative group in my absence. I was brought in to address them, and then I took my leave and sat in a room down the corridor for about half-an-hour while the group was deliberating.

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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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Background: Valerie Mirvis

December 20, 2012

Rabbi Mirvis’s wife, Valerie, is a senior social worker who carried out front-line child protection for many years. She has lectured on healthcare communications skills since 1997. She is also the author of Please Don’t Break My Other Leg! A Guide to Empathising with Patients, which was published in English in 2001 and in Chinese in 2004.

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Kinloss shul is proud but sad to see its rabbi leave

By Jenni Frazer, December 20, 2012

He is known throughout his congregation as “Super Rabbi” and the gentle joke is that, under the dynamic Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’s pristine white shirt, there is a large letter R for rabbi, or S for super, or even Spurs, his favourite team.

But, this week, members of Finchley Synagogue — or Kinloss, as it is widely known —were in a bitter-sweet mood.

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Journey to becoming Britain’s chief rabbi

December 20, 2012

This is South African-born Rabbi Mirvis’s second chief rabbinate. He was Chief Rabbi of Ireland from 1985 to 1992 and, for three years before that, was minister of Dublin’s Adelaide Road Synagogue.

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Rabbi Mirvis, the family man

December 20, 2012

Rabbi and Mrs Mirvis’s eldest child, Liora Graham, passed away in 2011, following a long battle with cancer. They have four sons, Hillel, Daniel, Noam and Eitan, a son-in-law, Jonathan, two daughters-in-law, Melanie and Althea, and five grandchildren, Kinneret, Elitzur, Naama, Refael and Tamara.

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