Rabbis

Mariner sails off

June 2, 2011

Rabbi Rodney Mariner officially retired as minister of Belsize Square Synagogue on the weekend of his 70th birthday.

A packed Shabbat congregation heard Reform Judaism president Rabbi Tony Bayfield confess to "genuine envy" at how his colleague personified "the strong and authoritative but kind and approachable image that a rabbi needs in our time.

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Free schools row over Sacks' backing

By Robyn Rosen, June 2, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has been accused of a U-turn after endorsing plans for an Orthodox school which could offer up to 50 per cent of places to non-Jewish children.

Parents in Golders Green have applied to the government to open a free primary school there. The school has the backing of Lord Sacks and will be presided over by Golders Green United Synagogue's Rabbi Harvey Belovski.

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Rabbi 'in pain' over London Citizens link

By Martin Bright, June 2, 2011

Jewish leaders working with "community organisers" London Citizens this week sought to justify their association with an organisation whose deputy chair has described Hamas terrorists as "heroes".

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Sarah Silverman ready to shock Israeli audience

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011

Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman is to bring her unique humour to Israeli audiences.

The controversial US star, who last year released her memoir The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, will perform a night of stand-up comedy in Tel Aviv later this month.

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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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