Rabbis

MS sufferer completes rabbinical training

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 11, 2014

Completing the rigorous rabbinical studies course is tough for anyone with a full-time job. But Gideon Schulman has also had to cope with Multiple Sclerosis.

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West End voters back Freedman's ministerial appointment

September 11, 2014

New West End Synagogue members have voted overwhelmingly for the appointment of Rabbi Dr Moshe Freedman and his wife, Ilana, as their new ministerial couple. Rabbi Freedman succeeds Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler, who will retire later in the year.

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Gay Masorti rabbi a first for Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, September 11, 2014

A Liverpool-born man has become the Israeli Masorti movement's first gay pulpit rabbi.

Mikie Goldstein has been inducted as the rabbi of Congregation Adat Shalom-Emanuel in Rehovot, and has broken new ground for Israel's gay community in two respects.

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'Rabbis must speak out against war rape'

By Rosa Doherty, June 12, 2014

Jewish faith leaders have a responsibility to speak out against sexual violence in war zones and tackle the culture of shame and humiliation that comes with it.

That was the message from Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu, who spoke on an interfaith panel at a landmark summit in London, this week.

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Glasgow Reform fills its rabbinical gap

By Adam Henderson, June 9, 2014

Kate Briggs has been announced as the new Glasgow Reform Synagogue rabbi.

Having previously served as a student rabbi at the shul, Rabbi Briggs will be taking up the ministerial role on a part-time basis following her ordination from Leo Baeck College.

Glasgow Reform has been without a rabbi since Nancy Morris left in 2012.

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Rabbi puts his energy into savings

June 9, 2014

A rabbi’s energy company which donates half its profits to Jewish causes has won an industry award for saving customers money.

Former Sale Hebrew Congregation minister Rabbi Motty Broder founded the Affiliated Utilities consultancy in 2009. It now manages £80 million of energy spending annually for domestic and commercial clients nationwide, including Jewish schools and care homes.

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Job-share rabbis to leave Wimbledon

By Simon Rocker, June 2, 2014

Wimbledon Synagogue will be looking for new spiritual leadership to replace the rabbinic duo who have held the reins for 11 years.

The South London Reform congregation was one of the first synagogues to introduce a job-sharing arrangement, engaging Rabbis Sybil Sheridan and Sylvia Rothschild.

The two rabbis attended on different days during the week and alternated over Shabbat.

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Forget soup kitchens — rabbis want real change

By Simon Rocker, May 30, 2014

Rabbis have launched a cross-communal group to campaign for social justice in Britain. Around 30 ministers attended a meeting this month of the new organisation, called Tzelem, the Rabbinic Call for Social and Economic Justice in the UK.

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Nottingham rabbi resists US affiliation

By Simon Rocker, May 8, 2014

A regional rabbi has offered to take a pay cut rather than let his congregation join the United Synagogue to secure its future.

Rabbi Moshe Perez, who has served the Nottingham Hebrew Congregation for around 25 years, is leading the opposition to moves to affiliate to the London-based synagogue body.

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Agunah freed in radical court ruling

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 2, 2014

A daring ruling by the Safed Rabbinical Court in northern Israel last month ended a seven-year ordeal for a 34 year-old woman who had been considered an agunah (chained woman) since her husband was badly injured in a motorcycle accident.

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