Rabbis

Pledge to fight EU shechita ban

By Robyn Rosen, July 22, 2010

The president of Shechita UK has urged the community to lobby MPs to prevent new EU regulations requiring kosher meat to be labelled "meat from slaughter without stunning".

Last month the European Parliament voted in favour of the amendment to the provision of food information to consumers, just two weeks after New Zealand banned kosher slaughter.

Henry Grunwald QC urged the Board of Deputies on Sunday to contact their MPs before the bill comes back for discussion in September.

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Singing rabbis 'banned'

By Nathan Jeffay, July 22, 2010

Israel's chief rabbinate is threatening to withdraw licences to perform marriages from rabbis who sing under the chuppah.

Wedding ceremonies in Israel tend to be generic, performed by a rabbi allocated by the rabbinate. But in the last decade, Israeli couples have begun turning to charismatic rabbis, who liven up ceremonies by singing parts of it.

"It's like a performance, like a theatre," said Ana Prashizky, a Bar Ilan University sociologist who has studied the trend.

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Ultimately, converts will be the losers

By Seth Farber, July 22, 2010

Whatever happens in the end to the conversion law, the real losers are the potential converts. Neither the bill - which was proposed by Yisrael Beiteinu in an effort to ease the road for converts in Israel - or the virulent response of the North American Jewish community, which tried to kill the bill, was going to significantly improve the chaos that has characterised conversion in Israel for the past decade.

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Poker player to pay rabbi's spread betting losses

June 10, 2010

A young professional poker player lost £156,000 at the High Court today when a judge ruled he must pay a rabbi who placed spread bets for him on the Dow Jones index.

Simon Nissim said he would give any winnings from his on-line spread betting to Andrew Feldman, 22, who had lost more than £700,000 at cards.

But Mr Feldman agreed to cover any losses, and ended up with a bill for £136,000.

He had asked deputy High Court judge Richard Snowden QC to set aside a statutory demand for the money served on him by the 34-year-old rabbi.

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Former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel dies

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2010

The former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel has died in Jerusalem at the age of 81.

Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, who spent a decade at the helm of Israel’s Sephardic community, had been in intensive care for more than eight months.

Born to a religious family in Jerusalem in 1929, Rabbi Eliyahu went on to become Israel’s youngest dayan (religious court judge) and the Chief Rabbi of Beersheva.

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Leo Baeck's YouTube stars

By Jessica Elgot, February 19, 2010

Leo Baeck College has launched a YouTube video channel which will feature five videos of rabbis daily lives.

The videos feature five graduates of Leo Baeck College.

The Liberal Synagogue Elstree’s Rabbi Pete Tobias, West London Synagogue’s Rabbi Debbie Young Somers, Finchley Reform’s Rabbi Miriam Berger, Radlett and Bushey Reform’s Rabbi David Mitchell and student rabbi Sandra Kviat are shown in their daily duties and interviewed on the video.

The videos will show the young rabbis engaging in community work, education and interfaith activities.

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Why I gave up my job to become a rabbi

By Alex Kasriel, September 9, 2009

● Ariel Friedlander, 45, grew up in Wembley and west London, where her father Rabbi Albert Friedlander was rabbi at Westminster Synagogue. She used to work as a sports photographer before training to be a rabbi at the Hebrew Union College in New York. She has since worked in Toronto, Virginia and New York.

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