Rabbis

'Jews brought Holocaust on themselves' rabbi visits UK

By Simon Rocker, February 6, 2014

A controversial preacher who believes that Down’s Syndrome and autism are the consequences of sins committed in a previous life made his first speaking tour of Britain this week, despite protests about his visit.

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Rabbi wades into Brighton HMD row

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

The decision to bar a Reform rabbi from a Holocaust Memorial Day service has been criticised by a senior Orthodox minister and the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women .

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Ambassador to mark anniversary of scroll rescue

By Jenni Frazer, February 6, 2014

The Czech ambassador to the UK Michael Zantovsky will join senior rabbis from the Reform and Masorti movements at a ceremony this weekend commemorating the 50th anniversary of the arrival of hundreds of Holocaust-era Czech Sifrei Torah to Britain.

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Need marketing help? Ask the rabbi

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2014

He is a self-professed yeshiva boy “born and bred” — hailing from a rabbinic dynasty that goes back 12 generations.

People flock to Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg, who lives in Jerusalem, for advice — but it’s not explanations of the Torah that they seek.

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Brondesbury getting bookish for rabbi's 10th

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2014

Every youngster in the Brondesbury Park Synagogue community will receive a Jewish or Israel themed book each year as part of an initiative celebrating the 10th anniversary of Rabbi Baruch Levin’s leadership.

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Successor to Mirvis at Kinloss

By Simon Rocker, January 27, 2014

Finchley Synagogue congregants have overwhelmingly endorsed the appointment of Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence — currently with the Sydney Great Synagogue — as the successor to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis as its senior minister.

Rabbi Lawrence, his wife Mandy and two of their four children had spent Shabbat with the Finchley community prior to the vote.

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Cockfosters to vote on rabbi

January 27, 2014

Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue members will vote next month on the endorsement of Rabbi Daniel Epstein to fill its ministerial vacancy following the retirement of Rabbi Yisroel Fine.

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Time up for Masorti rabbi who started late

By Cathy Forman, January 27, 2014

Accountant turned rabbi Michael Foulds is figuring out how to adapt to life beyond the pulpit when he retires as Buckhurst Hill Masorti minister at Purim.

He came to the rabbinate late in life after 30 years in accountancy, during which he served as president of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and received an OBE for services to the profession.

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Synagogue cancels talk by 'Down's Syndrome is a punishment' rabbi

By Simon Rocker, January 24, 2014

A Sephardi congregation has cancelled a talk by a rabbi who believes that Down’s Syndrome and autism are punishments for sins committed in a previous life.

Israeli-born Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi, who runs an outreach organisation in the United States, was due to speak at Od Yosef Hai in Hendon, north London next month.

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Radlett to lose its rabbi

January 13, 2014

Radlett United Synagogue has a pulpit vacancy after Rabbi Leo Dee announced his intention to return to Israel with his family in August, three years after joining the Hertfordshire community.

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