Rabbis

Israel to pay salaries of Reform, Masorti rabbis

By Jennifer Lipman, May 30, 2012

Non-Orthodox communities in Israel were celebrating a victory this week after a landmark decision requiring the state to provide the same financial assistance to Reform and Masorti religious leaders as it does to Orthodox ones.

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Sweet shopping for the rabbi

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

Rabbi David Hulbert's daughter Lianna recently moved to Brixton in south London. When the minister of Bet Tikvah Progressive Synagogue in Ilford went to visit, he popped into the sweet shop next door, to re-appear with this snack tailor-made for him: a packet of Rabbi Coconut Candy balls.

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Israeli Masorti movement agrees to ordain gay rabbis

By Zoe Winograd, April 20, 2012

Israel’s Masorti movement has agreed to ordain gay and lesbian rabbis.

The Israeli Conservative movement’s Schechter Rabbinical Seminary held a vote on Thursday to decide whether the institute would admit and ordain gay and lesbian students.

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Shake-up in women's role

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

Change is needed to shake up Jewish organisations which court their potential board members on the golf course, to allow women better access to lay leadership.

That was the audience consensus at open meetings organised by the Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership.

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Race to succeed Lord Sacks in 2013 hots up

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

The United Synagogue president, Stephen Pack, has said that applications to be chief rabbi were still being accepted despite the March 5 deadline specified in an advertisement for the job.

Mr Pack, who is chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, which is responsible for appointing Lord Sacks's successor, said it had received some "outstanding" applications, but added: "We are still expecting a nu

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Chief Rabbi pushed to rule on same-sex marriage

March 22, 2012

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has been urged to take a stand against government plans to introduce marriage for same-sex couples.

Dayan Yisroel Lichtenstein, head of the Federation Beth Din, said: "It is his obligation as chief rabbi to speak out."

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European Jewish leaders call for new legislation

March 22, 2012

on a visit to London this week, the Chief Rabbi of Moscow and President of the Conference of European Rabbis, Pinchas Goldschmidt, called on the European Parliament to boost security for threatened minorities in the wake of the killings in Toulouse.

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Cemetery shows off its celebrity resting places

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2012

One of the UK's oldest Jewish cemeteries is to offer tours featuring the resting places of well-known musicians, actors, writers, politicians and rabbis.

Cellist Jacqueline du Pre, rabbis Leo Baeck and Hugo Gryn, Barmitzvah Boy playwright Jack Rosenthal, agony aunt Marjorie Proops, actor Sydney Tafler and songwriter Jack Fishman are all buried in Hoop Lane Cemetery, Golders Green, which is admi

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Rabbis left without a prayer at councils

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2012

Rabbis from across the religious spectrum have decried the High Court ruling prohibiting prayer sessions at council meetings.

The ruling stems from a court case brought by a former Devon councillor and backed by the National Secular Society. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has derided the ban as a challenge to the "fundamental and hard-fought" British "right to worship".

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London Stock Exchange and rabbi plotters plead guilty

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

Four men have pleaded guilty to a plot to attack the London Stock Exchange and target two rabbis at their homes.

The men appeared at Woolwich Crown Court with five other British Muslims and pleaded guilty to the plan to plant an improvised explosive device in the Exchange’s toilets.

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