Rabbi quits in Sephardi split

By Simon Rocker, January 12, 2012

The rabbi picked by the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation to be its next spiritual head has pulled out of the job amid an increasingly bitter split over the choice.

London-born Rabbi David Bassous was recommended by the executive and elders of Britain's oldest Orthodox community to succeed Rabbi Abraham Levy - but a group of 20 senior members contested the validity of his election last


Sephardi war of words over rabbi's election

By Simon Rocker, January 5, 2012

The rift over the leadership of Britain's mainstream Sephardi community deepened this week with the opposing sides accusing each other of intimidation.

The mahamad (executive) of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation is locked in a war of words with a group of senior members over the disputed election of Rabbi David Bassous as its next spiritual head.

In a statement issued to congreg


Sephardi leaders dismay over rabbi split

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2011

Sephardi leaders have reacted with “dismay” to attempts to block the appointment of Rabbi David Bassous as their next rabbinic head.


West Bank rabbi's passionate appeal to price tag attackers

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

A rabbi of a West Bank settlement has written to "the new Hasomeans" in a bid to tackle the rise in extremism.

In the wake of the rash of "price tag" attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinian mosques, cars and property, Efrat’s Rabbi Shlomo Riskin called on Jews in the West Bank to cease their behaviour before it was too late.


Sephardim in dispute over plans for new head rabbi

By Simon Rocker, December 9, 2011

Sephardi leaders' plans for a new rabbinic head appeared in disarray this week after the result of an election to approve their recommended candidate was disputed.


Gender segregation 'not Jewish law' says top rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, December 5, 2011

Israel's Sephardi chief rabbi has weighed into the ongoing issue of gender segregation in public areas.

In recent months there have been reports of Orthodox passengers enforcing a de facto segregation system on buses in Jerusalem and other areas, with woman who board told to sit at the back.


Election chaos as Sephardis choose new spiritual chief

By Simon Rocker, December 2, 2011

Leaders of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation are taking legal advice after a challenge to the result of last night's election of Rabbi David Bassous as their next spiritual head.

In a ballot of members yesterday, London-born Rabbi Bassous gained exactly the minimum two-thirds majority to secure the position, with 268 votes for him and 134 against.


Lewisham Council Tribute to Rev Ze'ev Amit

By Jennifer Lipman, November 28, 2011

Dr Ze'ev Amit, the retiring minister of Catford and Bromley Synagogue, was honoured with a civic reception at Lewisham Town Hall in recognition of his work for Holocaust Memorial Day.


Chief Rabbi: I did not attack Steve Jobs or Apple

By Simon Rocker, November 21, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has clarified remarks he made about Steve Jobs, saying they were not meant as a personal attack on the late Apple founder.

The comments, made at a 70th anniversary dinner for the Council and Christians and Jews last week, were reported online in the Telegraph in a story headed “Chief Rabbi blames Apple for helping create selfish society”.


Supporters make the case for Shenley rabbi

By Jessica Elgot, November 10, 2011

Shenley Synagogue congregants have rallied in support of Rabbi Natan Levy, following a call by some disgruntled members for a vote of no confidence in the minister.