Rabbis

A busy start at Radlett

By Jay Grenby, May 26, 2011

Radlett Synagogue's new ministerial couple hardly had time to draw breath on their arrival before being drawn into a hectic week of activities.

First up, Rabbi Leo Dee delivered a dvar Torah at the synagogue's annual meeting.

There was a large turnout for the Dees' first Shabbat with the community, including a traditional Friday night dinner with more than 100 members.

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Hate attacks on home of rabbi

By Cathy Forman, May 26, 2011

The Leicester Hebrew Congregation rabbi's house and car have been targeted by antisemitic vandals in three nocturnal attacks over the past three weeks.

Bricks twice shattered windows of Rabbi Shmuli Pink's shul-owned property, half-a-mile from the city centre synagogue. On another occasion, a brick was thrown through his car window.

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Winer comes back to promote tolerance

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

Rabbi Mark Winer returned to live in the United States last autumn after his retirement as West London Synagogue's senior minister.

But he has not left Britain behind, having just concluded a 10-day visit here on behalf of his new enterprise, Faith - the Foundation to Advance Interfaith Trust and Harmony.

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Rabbis finally break silence on sex abuse

By Yoav Sivan, May 26, 2011

The portraits of the founders of psychoanalysis looked on with approval as rabbis joined mental health experts to discuss the problem of sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community.

The groundbreaking event took place at the William Alanson White Institute, a top psychoanalytic training and treatment centre, on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

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Charedim accused of Shabbat hypocrisy

By Nathan Jeffay, May 26, 2011

It made the street parties for the royal wedding seem minuscule. On Saturday night, 500,000 Israelis flocked to the Galilee village of Meron, where they sang, danced and feasted, in honour of the festival of Lag B'Omer.

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Calls for an elected chief rabbi

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

A prominent United Synagogue rabbi this week put his weight behind calls for publicly electing the next chief rabbi.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, of Mill Hill Synagogue, who chairs the US Rabbinical Council, challenged the prospect of Lord Sacks's successor in two years being chosen "by a small band of merry men sitting behind closed doors".

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People to choose chief rabbi?

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 20, 2011

A prominent Manchester rabbi has said that the Jewish public must have the ultimate vote in choosing a chief rabbi but candidates must also be vetted first by "competent" rabbis.

Rabbi Yossi Chazan, of the Holy Law South Broughton Synagogue, said common sense demanded that if the chief rabbi were to represent the community, "he has to come from the people."

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Rabbis lobby on Congo

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

Progressive rabbis have called on the Foreign Office to give greater support to UN peace-keepers in strife-torn Congo.

More than 60 ministers signed a petition to the Foreign Office organised by Radlett and Bushey Reform's Rabbi David Mitchell and Rabbi Colin Eimer from Sha'arei Tsedek North London Synagogue.

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Big Apple tempts West London rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

A West London Synagogue minister will be taking a reverse career journey to the late community leader Rabbi Hugo Gryn by serving a New York congregation.

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Reform to choose movement rabbi

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2011

The Reform movement is to appoint a rabbi to act as its official voice and maintain its public profile.

But leaders insist that the new post of movement rabbi - agreed by its board and its Assembly of Rabbis - is not an attempt to create a Progressive Chief Rabbi.

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