Arizona acquisition for Bromley Reform

By Cathy Forman, October 21, 2013

Rabbi Jason Holtz has swapped the deserts of Arizona for Kent suburbia as Bromley Reform’s new minister.

In Tuscon, Rabbi Holtz was assistant minister at Temple Emanu-El, directing its religion school. In Bromley, he replaces Rabbi Tony Hammond who retired in August after 10 years with the congregation.


Rabbis split over survey revealing loss of faith

By Charlotte Oliver, October 18, 2013

A survey suggesting that British Jews are becoming increasingly secular is deeply disturbing, say rabbis.

Three hundred Jews were among the respondents to two national YouGov polls conducted earlier this year.

The results, reported in last week’s JC, revealed that one third of British Jews said they had no religion.


Communal letter to JC supporting Chief Rabbi's attendance to Limmud, edited version

October 17, 2013

We warmly welcome the Chief Rabbi’s decision to attend Limmud. It is a decision that is consistent with the best traditions of Anglo-Jewish orthodox rabbinic leadership – promoting an open, approachable and inclusive Judaism whilst adhering to a firm halachic framework.


Limmud backlash over visit by Chief

By Simon Rocker, October 17, 2013

The first major conflict of the new Chief Rabbi’s tenure erupted this week over his decision to attend the Limmud education conference in December.

More than 20 communal leaders have written to the JC attacking last week’s public condemnation of Chief Rabbi Mirvis by strictly Orthodox rabbis.


On his way to Sante Fe

October 14, 2013

Rabbi Neil Amswych is to leave Bournemouth Reform Synagogue next spring to become minister of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


British rabbis react to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's death

By Simon Rocker, October 10, 2013

Rabbi Abraham Levy, emeritus spiritual head of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation in London, said that Rav Ovadia Yosef’s “halachic authority and knowledge was unequalled and undisputed – he was admired throughout world Jewry, Sephardi and Ashkenazi alike.” He was “at ease with the poor and the great of the state of Israel and did so much to ‘restore the crown’ of the Se


Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's death is political depth charge

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 10, 2013

As he did during his lifetime, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who passed away on Monday, will continue to unite the party he served as spiritual leader. For a while, at least.


Hundreds of thousands attend Shas spiritual leader’s funeral

By Charlotte Oliver, October 8, 2013

More than 800,000 people attended Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s funeral yesterday afternoon, making it the largest funeral in Israel’s history.

People from all over the country gathered in and around the Sanhedria cemetery, Jerusalem, to mourn the passing of Shas’s spiritual leader and head of the Sephardi community, who died on Monday afternoon aged 93.


World's top Sephardi rabbi dies

By Charlotte Oliver, October 7, 2013

Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has died aged 93, following a three-week long bout of illness.

Rabbi Yosef’s family and close colleagues, including several Shas leaders, had been called to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital this morning after doctors warned that he was about to die.


Shas squabbles over successor to Ovadia Yosef

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 1, 2013

The deterioration in the health of 93-year-old Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has thrown his party, Shas, into a battle over who will succeed the spiritual leader.

Hospitalised at Hadasa Medical Centre for over two weeks now due to a blood pressure problem, doctors had to put the rabbi into a coma after his kidney and heart showed signs of failing.