Rabbis

Eastbourne gets rabbi

September 8, 2011

The Eastbourne Progressive Jewish Congregation (Beit Chaverim) is to be served by a part-time minister - Rabbi Anna Gerrard from the Liberal Judaism head office team.

Rabbi Gerrard will officiate at the erev Shabbat services on the fourth Friday of every month and will also offer pastoral support to congregants.

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Change of heart as Levy stays in the Shenley pulpit

By Simon Rocker, September 8, 2011

Rabbi Natan Levy, who had planned to make aliyah this summer, is to remain as minister of Shenley Synagogue.

The California-born rabbi, a former Jewish chaplain at Bristol University, joined the United Synagogue congregation three years ago.

Shenley vice-chairman Natalie Sussman said that "on reflection, Rabbi Levy felt that there was more work to do at Shenley and for that reason has decide

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WikiLeaks exposes rabbi's Iran talks

By Jenni Frazer, September 8, 2011

A London rabbi spoke this week of his deep regret that his secret negotiations with the Iranian regime had been published by WikiLeaks.

For the past 16 years, Rabbi Herschel Gluck of Stoke Newington has been involved in back-channel shuttle diplomacy with a variety of governments on a plethora of subjects, not always on specifically Jewish issues.

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New year machzor from Sacks

By Simon Rocker, September 1, 2011

The Chief Rabbi's new Rosh Hashanah machzor hit the shops this week.

Edited by Dayan Ivan Binstock of the London Beth Din and published by Jerusalem-based Koren, the machzor features a new translation, commentary and introductory essay by Lord Sacks.

It is the first in a planned series of prayer books by the Chief Rabbi covering the major festivals, superseding the now out-of-print Routledg

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Radlett Reform recruits worldly woman rabbi

By Jay Grenby, September 1, 2011

Radlett and Bushey Reform has taken on a multi-national player as its new associate minister and youth director.

Rabbi Celia Surget is expected to take up the post in November, replacing Rabbi David Mitchell, who is joining the rabbinic team at West London Synagogue.

The 33-year-old has a French father and an American mother.

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Dunner is off to LA for high school job

By Simon Rocker, September 1, 2011

Saatchi Synagogue founding rabbi Pini Dunner is leaving the UK for a new educational career in the United States.

He has been appointed as the mashgiach ruchani - spiritual supervisor - for the Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Los Angeles.

His brief will be to communicate "the warmth and spirituality of Judaism", which, he said, could be done in many ways.

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Rabbi back after abuse comments

By Dan Goldberg, September 1, 2011

A senior Sydney rabbi who removed himself from the presidency of the Rabbinical Council to "clear his name" following controversial comments he made about child abuse has resumed his role.

Rabbi Yosef Feldman stood aside from his post after the July 29 edition of the Australian Jewish News called for his resignation following the publication of blistering extracts of a leaked email exchange abo

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Elect a chief rabbi, it shouldn't cost much

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

A democratic election to choose the next chief rabbi could be run cheaply and efficiently by the United Synagogue, according to the Electoral Reform Society.

But the organisation, Britain's leading administrator of ballots and elections, said the US must ensure the electorate is clearly defined and avoid confusion over who is eligible, or risk the legitimacy of the entire process.

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Housekeeper arrested for kidnapping rabbi's baby daughter

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2011

Police have arrested a former housekeeper who lost her job and then allegedly abducted the baby daughter of her former employers, an Orthodox Jewish couple.

Gloria Suraez had worked for the Hayempour family for six weeks but when the summer job came to an end she concocted a plot to kidnap five-month-old Esther and take her to Uruguay.

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No entry to UK for extremist rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, August 12, 2011

An extremist rabbi has been denied entry to Britain because of a book in which he allegedly justifies terrorist violence.

Rabbi Yosef Elitzur, from Israel, has been told he cannot enter the UK for three years because of his controversial 2009 book Law of the King. The rabbi said he had no plans to visit Britain when he received the letter.

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