Rabbis

Hospital patients visiting chaplains plea

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2013

Patients are being urged to inform hospital staff that they want to be visited by Jewish chaplains, following a toughening up of how data protection is enforced by NHS trusts.

Rebbetzin Rochel Ehrentreu, who has conducted visits at the Royal Free Hospital in north London for 30 years, complained that it was becoming increasingly difficult to gain access to patients.

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Board adviser's view on same-sex marriage 'does not reflect offical policy'

By Simon Rocker, June 3, 2013

The Board of Deputies has made it clear that a letter co-signed by its interfaith adviser Rabbi Natan Levy, which calls on the government to halt legislation to allow same-sex marriage, does not reflect its policy.

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Dresden gets rabbi back, 70 years after the Shoah

By Anna Thewalt and Torunn Lied, May 10, 2013

Last week was a historical one in Dresden. The Jüdische Gemeinde zu Dresden, the Jewish congregation in the city, finally got its rabbi back — more than 70 years after Rabbi Albert Wolf had to flee Dresden and Germany.

And as if to underscore that this is a moment of renewal, the new rabbi, Alexander Nachama, is just 29 years old.

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Hats in the Ring

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2013

The Chief Rabbi may now represent less than half of British Jews but no communal office attracts greater interest. In the third of his studies of the chief rabbinate, former JC Judaism editor Dr Meir Persoff looks at how six of its incumbents were chosen, from Nathan Adler in 1844 to Lord Sacks.

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Sacks must heed Hillel’s advice

By Shmuley Boteach, May 2, 2013

I have always believed that sins of omission are much more serious than sins of commission - that the good things we fail to do are of greater consequence than the sins we commit

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End this personality cult

By Miriam Shaviv, May 2, 2013

It has been a bad year so far for Orthodox rabbis. Across the channel, French chief rabbi Gilles Bernheim quit after admitting plagiarising texts and faking his academic credentials while, last weekend, similar charges were levelled by Maariv against the Israeli chief rabbi, Yonah Metzger.

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Reform rabbi in Thatcher funeral snub

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2013

Britain’s leading Reform rabbi declined to attend Baroness Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday because of her opposition to the former prime minister’s politics.

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Fake rabbi sent to jail

By Zoe Winograd, April 12, 2013

A New York immigration lawyer who pretended to be a rabbi has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Earl Seth David, 49, known as Rabbi Avraham David, used the title of rabbi for 13 years to gain the trust of US immigrants looking to bid for naturalisation. According to sources, David pocketed up to $30,000 per case to forge false immigration papers.

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Plagiarism by chief rabbi shocks France

By Shirli Sitbon, April 11, 2013

France’s chief rabbi has stunned the Jewish community after admitting to plagiarism in his latest book, Forty Jewish Meditations, and to deception about his academic credentials.

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Reports: The chief rabbi of France has resigned

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2013

The chief rabbi of France has resigned following the revelation that he plagiarised part of his latest book, according to a report by Le Figaro.

Rabbi Gilles Bernheim also admitted that he had not been truthful about his academic credentials, having never taken the final exam in his philosophy degree.

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