Rabbis

Leeds' first woman rabbi steps up to the pulpit

December 23, 2013

The first permanent woman rabbi for the Leeds community was celebrated with the induction of Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz at Sinai Synagogue on Sunday.

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Rabbi Atlas to take on the world of Yeshurun

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2013

Cheadle’s Yeshurun Synagogue in South Manchester has selected Birmingham’s Rabbi Chanan Atlas to be its new minister.

Two hundred members of the Modern Orthodox community voted for the new position in a special meeting on Sunday.

The rabbi and his wife Nechama, both Israeli-born and in their mid-30s, will leave Birmingham’s Central Synagogue, which they joined in 2012.

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Analysis: How rabbinate lost influence over holiest site

By Nathan Jeffay, December 20, 2013

Israel’s chief rabbis have issued a declaration reminding the public of the religious ban against visiting the holiest site in Judaism, Temple Mount.

The new chief rabbis, who took office five months ago, have stated that they adhere to the traditional position, which has dominated Israeli Orthodoxy since Israel captured Temple Mount in 1967.

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Rabbi trying to heal Ukraine

By Daniel Easterman, December 19, 2013

How did an American-born Chasidic rabbi end up on the team seeking to solve the political crisis in the Ukraine?

Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, who was asked to join a committee that is engaged in talks with anti-government protesters, explained that people have far more trust in their religious leaders than politicians.

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‘Limmud has opened the door to cults’ say rabbis

By Simon Rocker, December 12, 2013

Leading rabbis have expressed astonishment that the leader of the London branch of the controversial Kabbalah Centre has been invited to speak at Limmud.

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Revealed: the Chief Rabbi’s Limmud plan

By Simon Rocker, December 5, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis will make more than a token visit to the Limmud education conference, according to a draft schedule seen by the JC.

He will present two sessions on successive days at the cross-communal event, which starts in a fortnight at Warwick University.

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‘Zumba makes you a whore’ says US rabbi

By Charlotte Oliver, December 5, 2013

It is a dance fitness programme that has taken the world by storm — and Jews are no exception.

Zumba’s combination of samba, salsa and mambo is so popular among Jewish women that ‘Jumba’ — and even, for Charedim, ‘Frumba’ — classes have sprung up from London to New York.

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Southport rabbi dies

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 2, 2013

The Movement for Reform Judaism has paid tribute to the emeritus rabbi of Southport Reform Synagogue, Sidney Kay, who died on Sunday, aged 93.

After becoming a rabbi in 1976, he served Southport New Synagogue, as it then was, for eight years. In his emeritus role, he supported ministers who succeeded him and stepped into the breach when there was a pulpit vacancy.

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Fine end to innings at Southgate shul

By Jay Grenby, November 18, 2013

Cricket-loving Cockfosters and North Southgate minister Rabbi Yisroel Fine was bowled over by one of the gifts he received at reception marking his imminent retirement — a bat signed by this summer’s Australian touring team.

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Alan Dershowitz decries ‘tyranny’ of Israeli rabbis

By Simon Rocker, November 14, 2013

One of America’s most prominent pro-Israel advocates, Professor Alan Dershowitz, has written to President Shimon Peres to protest at the “religious tyranny” of Israel’s chief rabbinate.

He has intervened in a “who is a Jew” row that has flared up between the state’s rabbinical authorities and a leading American modern Orthodox rabbi, Avraham Weiss.

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