Rabbis

Rabbinical college ends spouse rule for students

By Simon Rocker, August 2, 2013

Leo Baeck College can no longer require married rabbinic students to have a Jewish spouse or partner because of equality laws, the JC has learned.

The Progressive academy in London quietly introduced the change two years ago after taking legal advice.

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Chief Rabbi kicks off in unsporting fashion

By Nathan Jeffay, July 31, 2013

Outrage was directed at Israel’s newly elected Chief Rabbi this week, after comments made by him, and widely perceived as racist, came to light.

David Lau, the new Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, told yeshiva students that they should not watch basketball or take an interest in the achievements of the players, many of whom are black, or — in the derogatory Hebrew term — kushim.

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Tabick is bid a warm farewell in Weybridge

By Cathy Forman, July 29, 2013

North West Surrey Synagogue held two days of activities to mark the retirement of Jackie Tabick, Britain’s first woman rabbi.

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Mirvis plans new centre for rabbinic excellence

By Simon Rocker, July 25, 2013

Chief Rabbi-elect Ephraim Mirvis unveiled one of the first practical initiatives he will launch after he takes office at the beginning of September.

The former Finchley United Synagogue minister has kept a low public profile since leaving his congregation at the end of April to prepare to succeed Lord Sacks.

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Rabbis' £11bn fight over ‘dot-kosher’ domain

By Ellis Bolle, July 25, 2013

Rabbinical groups are in conflict over a proposal to introduce an online marketplace for kosher goods under the domain name “dot-kosher”.

If “dot-kosher” is introduced, it would function in the same way as existing suffixes in web addresses such as “dot-com” and “dot-net”.

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Chabad Rabbi shot in south west Russia

By Josh Jackman, July 25, 2013

Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, an emissary to Derbent, in the Republic of Dagestan, was shot by an unknown assailant on Wednesday night as he approached his house.

The rabbi was evacuated to hospital, where he received successful emergency surgery on his right lung and liver. He has now returned home to recover.

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Charedi relief over rabbi vote

By Nathan Jeffay, July 25, 2013

Israel’s Charedi establishment breathed a sign of relief on Wednesday, as it kept its grip on the Chief Rabbinate in the elections for the Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis.

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Rabbis' course ends in perfect 10 at Bevis Marks

By Zoe Winograd, July 15, 2013

The historic Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City of London provided an elegant photo-opportunity on Sunday. Families of the 10 graduates of the London Montefiore semicha programme had cameras at the ready to capture images of the new rabbis in their traditional top hats.

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Rabbi wants government organ rule change

By Anna Sheinman, July 12, 2013

A leading reform rabbi has written to the Home Secretary urging the government to follow the example set by Wales on organ donation and institute a system of presumed consent.

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Candidate for chief rabbi is 'severe bigot'

By Shira Rubin, July 11, 2013

borderline racist, sexist and homophobic statements made by the leading candidate in the Sephardi chief rabbinate election have caused outrage in Israel, with Knesset members and Israeli citizens calling for his disqualification.

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