Rabbis

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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UK-born Charedi rabbi is dish of the day for Masterchef viewers

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 9, 2014

For Rabbi Josh Steele, aliyah had turned out to be a bit of nightmare.

He swapped north-west London suburbia for Israel to find a wife, settle down and raise a family. Five years on, still single and pushing 30, he was on the verge of giving up and heading back to Edgware.

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Rabbis to investigate Halpern

By Simon Rocker, January 9, 2014

A special Beth Din set up to examine complaints against Golders Green rabbi Chaim Halpern is expected to resume its inquiries shortly.

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Kinloss proposes Jeremy Lawrence as its senior minister

By Cathy Forman, January 6, 2014

Finchley Synagogue members are set to vote on the nomination of one of Australia’s most prominent ministers as their next senior rabbi.

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Rabbi sued for ‘chopping off penis’

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

A rabbi from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is accused of chopping off a newborn baby’s penis during a routine circumcision in April 2013.

A civil lawsuit brought by the parents of the baby, who are only identified by their initials, alleges the rabbi acted “with a total disregard” for the child.

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Leeds' first woman rabbi steps up to the pulpit

December 23, 2013

The first permanent woman rabbi for the Leeds community was celebrated with the induction of Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz at Sinai Synagogue on Sunday.

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Rabbi Atlas to take on the world of Yeshurun

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2013

Cheadle’s Yeshurun Synagogue in South Manchester has selected Birmingham’s Rabbi Chanan Atlas to be its new minister.

Two hundred members of the Modern Orthodox community voted for the new position in a special meeting on Sunday.

The rabbi and his wife Nechama, both Israeli-born and in their mid-30s, will leave Birmingham’s Central Synagogue, which they joined in 2012.

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Analysis: How rabbinate lost influence over holiest site

By Nathan Jeffay, December 20, 2013

Israel’s chief rabbis have issued a declaration reminding the public of the religious ban against visiting the holiest site in Judaism, Temple Mount.

The new chief rabbis, who took office five months ago, have stated that they adhere to the traditional position, which has dominated Israeli Orthodoxy since Israel captured Temple Mount in 1967.

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