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."


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.


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.


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.


Rabbi who groped Israeli soldier sentenced to jail

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

The rabbi who was convicted of groping a female IDF officer on a flight to New York will spend two months behind bars.

Father-of-11 Gavriel Bidany was arrested after the woman, 23, accused him of touching her underneath her airline blanket without her consent.


Japan rabbi in relief run

By Gabi Sheldon, May 12, 2011

A Tokyo rabbi has spoken of the devastation he has seen during his weekly visits to help refugees in north east Japan.

Rabbi Binyomin Y Edery, of Chabad, has been doing the 10-hour journey to deliver goods to Sendai and Fukushima since the earthquake and tsunami on March 11.


Why Yom Ha'atzmaut went sour for Mumbai rabbi dad

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2011

A seemingly bizarre controversy flared up over this year's ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem to mark the start of Israel Independence Day.

Lubavitch Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg and his four-year-old grandson Moshe Holtzberg, who lost his parents in the terrorist attack on Mumbai's Chabad House in 2008, had been among those asked to light torches.


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.


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.


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.