synagogues

Pack and Zinkin: let the battle commence

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

Why are you standing for the presidency?

Stephen Pack: To secure the future of the United Synagogue for the next generation. I have a deep passion for the US - it is a remarkable organisation, and has many excellent communities, but it now needs some new initiatives to ensure it continues to flourish.

Peter Zinkin: I believe in the power of the US to be a force for good in our community.

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Finchley Synagogue picks first chief executive

June 30, 2011

Finchley Synagogue, Kinloss, has appointed Bradley Rood as its chief executive, thought to be the first such appointment for a United Synagogue.

Mr Rood, 54, who takes up his post next week, is a member of Highams Park and Chingford shul, and brings 35 years' business experience to the post.

Mr Rood's arrival follows the recent appointment of assistant rabbis Leibish Heller and Michael Laitn

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Rockin' rabbi gets in tune for Pinner

By Stephanie Brickman, June 30, 2011

Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation's singing and guitar-playing Rabbi Danny Bergson, affectionately known as "Rockin' Rabbi Danny", has been named as the new minister of Pinner Synagogue.

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Heart doctor congregant is a life-saver in shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2011

Liverpool's leading heart specialist was a life-saver when a Childwall congregant's heart stopped beating during the Shabbat service.

Shul member Dr Stephen Saltissi - Royal Liverpool University Hospital's clinical cardiology director - was sitting two rows away when Childwall choirmaster David Coleman, 63, collapsed.

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Capital gain is Birmingham's ministerial loss

By Cathy Forman, June 23, 2011

Birmingham Central Synagogue will be without a permanent minister for the High Holy-Days following the departure in August of Rabbi Shlomo Odze.

He is joining South Hampstead Synagogue as associate rabbi after serving the Pershore Road community for six years.

"He will be greatly missed and a very hard act to follow," said Central president Geoffrey Clements.

Rabbi Odze has agreed to help

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Zinkin and Pack battling for US presidency

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2011

The two United Synagogue vice-presidents will go head to head in an election for the presidency of British Jewry's biggest religious organisation.

Peter Zinkin of Golders Green Synagogue and Stephen Pack of Cockfosters and North Southgate are battling to succeed Simon Hochhauser as president in the July 11 poll.

Whoever wins will be primarily responsible for the selection of the next Chief R

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Mersey beat moves rabbi from Cardiff

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2011

Childwall Hebrew Congregation's new rabbi says he will be following a tried and trusted path to improve the fortunes of the Liverpool community.

Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, 35, was appointed this week after eight years with Cardiff United Synagogue.

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West London addition

June 16, 2011

Rabbi David Mitchell is to join the rabbinic team at West London Synagogue, replacing the America-bound Rabbi Danny Burkeman.

Currently associate minister at Radlett and Bushey Reform, he will take up the post in November.

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Ealing's moving occasion

June 16, 2011

After six months of building work, Ealing Synagogue has relocated from the Grange Road building it has occupied for more than 75 years to a new home in the adjoining former communal hall.

The United Synagogue-backed redevelopment project has seen the hall transformed into a modern shul and multi-function community centre.

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Scroll of honour for Alyth

June 16, 2011

North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green has taken possession of the first newly written Sefer Torah in its 78-year history.

The scroll was written in London and funded by members' contributions ranging from £1 to £400.

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