Israeli chief rabbi suspected of bribery and fraud

By Zoe Winograd, June 20, 2013

Police have raided the house of Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger.

On Thursday morning, Rabbi Metzger was interrogated on suspicion of bribery, fraud and money laundering. In 2004 the National Fraud Unit launched an investigation when they suspected he had accepted illicit perks while on holiday.


Israeli chief rabbi election could yet make history

By Nathan Jeffay, June 14, 2013

Israel moved a step closer to a non-Charedi chief rabbi earlier this month, when the Knesset’s religious-Zionist party threw its weight behind a moderate candidate.

The modern-Orthodox iconoclast David Stav has built his rabbinic career on making Judaism more welcoming for the non-religious, and he is now determined to break the strictly-Orthodox control over the Chief Rabbinate.


‘All is desolation and destruction’

By Rabbi Alexandra Wright, June 13, 2013

Last week, the British Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights (BFRHR) sent letters to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Ministers Lapid, Livni and Meir Cohen, protesting against the Knesset’s proposed Bill on the Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev.

If the Bill is passed, it will result in the forcible eviction of thousands of Bedouin from their villages into existing townships.


Halt Bedouin evictions, say UK rabbis

By Anna Sheinman, June 13, 2013

Sixty-five British rabbis from across the community have written to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu protesting against a proposed law that could see 40,000 Bedouin evicted from their homes.


Israel rules on boureka shapes

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

Israeli regulators have been focusing on one of the country’s most protected delicacies – the boureka.

The pastry – often stuffed with cheese, potato, spinach or mushroom – must now comply with strict shape and filling directions stipulated by the Israeli Rabbinate's kashrut regulators.

The so-called “bourekas revolution” was implemented on Tuesday.


British Rabbis tell Netanyahu: don’t evict Bedouins

By Anna Sheinman, June 7, 2013

Sixty five British rabbis from across the community have written to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in protest against a Bill that could see 40,000 Bedouins evicted from their homes.


'Shame'-sex marriage? Rabbis clash over Bill

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2013

The Federation of Synagogues this week launched a blistering attack on Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman for failing to back his interfaith adviser in opposing same-sex marriage.


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.


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.


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.