Rabbis

Interfaith pioneer rabbi given top French honour

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

A New York-based rabbi who has dedicated his life to the promotion of human rights and religious tolerance has been presented with one of France's most prestigious honours.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier, a Vienna-born Holocaust survivor who created the interfaith partnership, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, in 1965, received the Officer of the Legion of Honour at a ceremony in Manhattan.

More..

Guilty: Rabbi who groped soldier on a plane

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

A rabbi has been found guilty of groping a female passenger on a flight to New York.

Rabbi Gavriel Bidany, 47, could face six months behind bars after he was convicted of assaulting a 23-year old female Israeli soldier on a Delta airlines flight in March.

The rabbi, who claimed he was asleep during the incident, lifted the woman's blanket and touched her inappropriately.

More..

Oprah honours Freedom Rider rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

A rabbi who was arrested during civil rights demonstrations in America’s Deep South in the 1960s is to be honoured by Oprah Winfrey later today.

The talk show host has dedicated an episode of her popular show to the efforts of the Freedom Riders, who began their crusade for racial equality 50 years ago today.

More..

It may be dangerous to silence Israel's rabbis

By Nathan Jeffay, April 28, 2011

It seems like an internal rabbinical row, but it is actually a dispute that cuts right to the heart of what it means to be a rabbi in the Jewish state.

In recent weeks, Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger has come out against the practice of rabbis issuing letters outlining their positions on current affairs.

More..

Rabbi accused in flight grope case

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

A rabbi has been arrested for allegedly groping a woman as they flew to New York.

Rabbi Gavriel Bidany told the female passenger sitting next to him that he was "asleep" during the incident, on a Delta Airlines flight from Tel Aviv last month. He was later charged with misdemeanour assault.

More..

Sutton minister seeking increase

April 7, 2011

More than 150 people were at Sutton Synagogue on Sunday to witness the induction of a minister who aims to increase membership at the Surrey congregation.

Birmingham-born and raised in Manchester, Rev Meir Lev has served a number of regional communities as minister and chazan and is studying for his semichah.

More..

Blackout at Rambam's tomb after rabbis ignore electricty bill

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

Visitors to the Rambam's tomb in Tiberias may find it difficult to see things clearly.

The holy burial site of the renowned 12th century Jewish scholar and philosopher Moses Maimonides was left without electricity after the rabbis who managed the site failed to pay mounting utility bills.

More..

The day of the wunderrebbe

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 17, 2011

At a private house in Whitefield, north Manchester, on Sunday, people were spilling out of the front door, crowding onto the path, and queuing, in their hundreds, for more than four hours.

The attraction? A sweet-faced, bearded rabbi, Moshe Taub, who has electrified communities up and down the country.

More..

Rabbis, imams: EDL channelling our worst fears

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2011

Jewish and Muslim leaders have called a demonstration planned for tomorrow by the English Defence League (EDL) an “inciteful event”.

The far-right organisation have announced that they will stage a rally in Luton, the town where the group was set up by Tommy Robinson in 2009.

A number of the EDL’s previous 30-odd rallies and protests have descended into violence and resulted in arrests.

More..

Grunewald goes back south - after 43 years

February 3, 2011

Rabbi Yaacov Grunewald is returning to South London, 43 years after leaving the post of Brixton cheder head.

Having retired as Pinner Synagogue minister after 34 years, Rabbi Grunewald is to lead the South London Synagogue on a part-time basis.

Announcing the appointment, South London chair Geoffrey Harris looked forward to "a long and happy relationship".

Rabbi Grunewald said: "It is a new beginning for me and I am very excited about completing the circle and coming back to South London."

More..