Rabbis

UK rabbis criticise ‘unjust’ demolition of Palestinian homes

By Charlotte Oliver, July 27, 2015

A cross-communal group of 30 rabbis have written to Israel’s outgoing ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub, asking him to “do what you can” to halt the demolition of Palestinian homes in a West Bank village.

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Rabbis urge George Osborne to use Budget to help poor families

By Josh Jackman, July 7, 2015

A cross-communal group of 27 rabbis have written to George Osborne asking him to give impoverished families their “human dignity” back.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is due to present his Budget on Wednesday containing £12bn worth of cuts, which the rabbis fear will place more families in poverty.

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Leading Italian rabbi Elio Toaff dies aged 99

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2015

Rome’s Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff – who fought the Nazis and strengthened relations between the Italian Jewish community and Catholic Church after centuries of mistrust – died on Sunday.

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Rabbis convicted of Sopranos-style New Jersey divorce kidnap plot

By Rosa Doherty, April 22, 2015

Three Orthodox rabbis have been convicted for a Sopranos-style plot in which they planned the torture of Jewish men who refused to divorce their wives.

Rabbis Mendel Epstein, Jay Goldstein and Binyamin Stimler were found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in a New Jersey federal court on Tuesday.

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Leading rabbi mourned

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

Rabbi Elchonon Halpern, one of Britain's leading strictly Orthodox rabbis, has died aged 92.

An estimated 5,000 people attended his funeral in Golders Green, north-west London, on Wednesday, bringing the area to a standstill. A Metropolitan Police helicopter was used to watch over the mourners.

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Cash-strapped Liverpool shul makes minister redundant

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

Crippling finances have forced a major Liverpool synagogue to part company with its popular minister.

Childwall Hebrew Congregation has agreed a redundancy package with Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, having calculated that its remaining reserves of £25,000 would be exhausted by the end of 2016 if he remained. The minister, who joined the synagogue in 2011, will serve three months’ notice.

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Government moves to eject top rabbi from interfaith role

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

A leading United Synagogue rabbi was removed as patron of an interfaith charity because the government believed he was too extreme.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet was in position at Faith Matters for just a fortnight before being sacked on Monday.

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After Paris attack, rabbi wants law changed so Jews can carry guns

By Sandy Rashty, January 14, 2015

A prominent rabbi has called on European governments to allow Jews to carry guns in the wake of the Paris attacks.

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Glasgow minister promotes staying power

By Anna Behrmann, January 12, 2015

The new rabbi of Glasgow’s Newton Mearns Synagogue wants to re-engage with the younger community and encourage people to come back to shul.

Rabbi Eli Wolfson, 32, who previously served as the city’s youth and community rabbi, pledged to bolster the synagogue’s Jewish social and educational framework in the hope of stemming the drift of the young generation to London or Manchester.

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I was shocked by peeping rabbi arrest

By Alex Brummer, October 23, 2014

The Kesher Israel modern Orthodox community in Georgetown has been part of my life for several decades. During my ten years as the Guardian's correspondent and then bureau chief in Washington, I was a member and frequent presence along with my young family.

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