Rabbis

Brown gets Conversation going in Hendon

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

Leadership, the economy and faith in times of crisis were among topics discussed by Gordon Brown and the Chief Rabbi before the 250 guests at a Hendon Synagogue gala dinner.

The former prime minister was participating in the inaugural Hardman Conversation, in memory of the community's long-time minister, Reverend Leslie Hardman.

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Mosque gives dayan some opening lines

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2011

A leading United Synagogue rabbi was a guest speaker at the launch of an exhibition on Islam at London's flagship mosque.

Dayan Isaac Binstock, a member of the London Beth Din and senior rabbi of St John's Wood Synagogue, participated in last Thursday's opening of Exhibition Islam at the London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre, Regent's Park.

He sits on the Council of Imams and Rab

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Question mark over quiz rabbis

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

Rabbis lost a University Challenge-style battle to their Christian clergy counterparts - with both sides failing to score in the sections on their own religions.

The Jewish team at the CCJ event in Oxford comprised Wolfson College PhD student and former South London Liberal rabbi James Baaden, West London Reform's Rabbi Debbie Young Somers and Oxford University chaplain Rabbi Daniel Braune Frie

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Capital gain is Birmingham's ministerial loss

By Cathy Forman, June 23, 2011

Birmingham Central Synagogue will be without a permanent minister for the High Holy-Days following the departure in August of Rabbi Shlomo Odze.

He is joining South Hampstead Synagogue as associate rabbi after serving the Pershore Road community for six years.

"He will be greatly missed and a very hard act to follow," said Central president Geoffrey Clements.

Rabbi Odze has agreed to help

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Backing Gypsies

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

A delegation of rabbis and British Jews has visited the UK's largest Traveller and Gypsy-owned estate to express solidarity.

The delegation went to Dale Farm in Essex on Wednesday, where they met Richard Sheridan, president of the Gypsy Council. Basildon Council plans to evict the 100 families from the land.

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Zinkin and Pack battling for US presidency

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2011

The two United Synagogue vice-presidents will go head to head in an election for the presidency of British Jewry's biggest religious organisation.

Peter Zinkin of Golders Green Synagogue and Stephen Pack of Cockfosters and North Southgate are battling to succeed Simon Hochhauser as president in the July 11 poll.

Whoever wins will be primarily responsible for the selection of the next Chief R

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Struggling Hull lays off long-time minister

June 17, 2011

Hull Hebrew Congregation will be without a full-time rabbi for the first time in its history after having to make its minister redundant for financial reasons.

Rabbi Shalom Osdoba and his family will relocate to London at the end of October after 18 years in Hull.

Shul president Jonathan Levine said the redundancy was a consequence of a "declining" financial situation and a falling membershi

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Mersey beat moves rabbi from Cardiff

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2011

Childwall Hebrew Congregation's new rabbi says he will be following a tried and trusted path to improve the fortunes of the Liverpool community.

Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, 35, was appointed this week after eight years with Cardiff United Synagogue.

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West London addition

June 16, 2011

Rabbi David Mitchell is to join the rabbinic team at West London Synagogue, replacing the America-bound Rabbi Danny Burkeman.

Currently associate minister at Radlett and Bushey Reform, he will take up the post in November.

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Bowled over by care site

June 16, 2011

The Chief Rabbi tried his hand at bowls and cookery during a tour of Jewish Care's £44 million Wohl campus in Golders Green.

He joined day centre members, staff and young volunteers in a game of bowls. At the Otto Schiff home, caring for dementia sufferers, he helped residents to bake cakes.

Lord Sacks said the campus was an example of "pride and joy in the heart of the community.

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