Rabbis

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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Elite US rabbi 'had mikveh peep camera'

By Dan Friedman, October 23, 2014

Jewish Washington DC was in shock last week as news spread about the arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel.

On October 14, the 62-year-old leader of Washington DC's "power shul" - so known because it is the place where Orthodox Jewish lawmakers and powerbrokers daven - was handcuffed and led away from his home where he lives with his wife and children.

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Revealed: Chief Rabbi’s message of support to Margaret Thatcher after Brighton bombing

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2014

A hand-written note from Lord Jakobovits to Margaret Thatcher in the aftermath of the Brighton bombing has been revealed for the first time.

In his letter, the then Chief Rabbi expressed his “shock and sorrow at this terrible outrage”, hours after the blast ripped apart the Brighton Grand Hotel during the Conservative Party conference.

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