Rabbis

Secular gather in tents, religious take to the streets

By Nathan Jeffay, August 4, 2011

The Israeli government has sparked fury in the Orthodox community after deciding to take possession of the burial place of sainted second-century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

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Mysteries surround death of Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzira

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2011

Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzira's death turned out to be as enigmatic as his life.

One of the most venerable mystics in Israel, Rabbi Abuhatzira was murdered in his own yeshivah last Thursday by Asher Dahan, a part-time teacher from the strictly-Orthodox town of Elad.

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Rabbi arrested in Washington for budget protest

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

A group of Jewish leaders and their Christian counterparts were arrested in Washington DC on Thursday after staging a protest over budget cuts.

The 11 religious representatives had gathered at the Capitol Rotunda and started a sit-in to make a statement urging President Obama not to "balance the budget on the backs of the poor".

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Rabbi killed after giving man advice

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

A man has stabbed a rabbi to death in a Beersheva yeshiva.

The 70-year-old victim, Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira, was understood to have been giving the man guidance when the attack took place. Rabbi Abuhatzeira was a well-regarded scholar of kabbalah.

The man was named by the Israeli media as Asher Dahan and was said to be a fairly regular visitor to the yeshiva.

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Rich talk for Israel critics

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

Rabbi Danny Rich, the chief executive of Liberal Judaism, has defended his participation in an event predominantly featuring speakers from organisations highly critical of Israel.

He will be keynote speaker at a seminar next month on "Israel/ Palestine", organised in west London by a Liberal-affiliated synagogue, Beit Klal Yisrael (BKY).

Speakers include Diana Neslen of Jews for Justice for

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Amy Winehouse: a frail little girl on course of self destruction

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

The rabbi who conducted Amy Winehouse's funeral service spoke for the first time this week of the trauma for her parents who lost their singer-sognwriter daughter.

Former Finchley Progressive Synagogue minister Rabbi Frank Hellner was asked to conduct the funeral service after a friend of Amy's father, who works with the rabbi's wife at Hendon Reform Synagogue, suggested him.

"I was quite s

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Amy Winehouse: the rabbi's funeral address in full

July 27, 2011

"We are assembled here today, not so much to grieve-although we do that-but mainly to celebrate Amy's life and to give thanks for the privilege of having shared part of her 27 years on earth, a life, which although short, touched so many other lives, not only her immediate family and close friends, but people around the world; people who may never have met her, personally, but knew her by her musi

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Highgate appoints

July 21, 2011

Scandinavia's first woman rabbi is to lead services for the Liberal Jewish Community in Crouch End.

Rabbi Sandra Kviat, 31, was recently ordained at Leo Baeck and has already been taken on by the Liberal Judaism head office to advise on educational and other issues.

She served the Lincoln and Northwood and Pinner Liberal congregations as a student rabbi and continues to work with the Progres

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Cut brings a hot profit

July 21, 2011

The cuts hit home for Sukkat Shalom Reform's Rabbi Larry Becker, who had his beard shaved off at its summer tea party in aid of the Wanstead congregation's heating fund.

Sukkat Shalom meets in a 170-year-old listed building - formerly the Wanstead Hospital Chapel - and there have been problems with the heating system.

Some 125 members and their families attended the event, at which Jack Petc

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Man who revived European Jewry

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

Tributes have flowed in for one of British Jewry's best-known Orthodox activists, Aba Dunner, executive director of the Conference of European Rabbis, who died on Sunday aged 73.

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