United Synagogue

Rabbis crush bid to give women a role in shul

By Simon Rocker, April 10, 2014

An innovative bid to give women greater involvement in United Synagogue services has been scrapped, after objections from the London Beth Din.

The move has prompted protests among congregants, with warnings that it will deepen alienation among women.

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What women need to stay Orthodox

By Dina Brawer, April 4, 2014

On Sunday morning the Chief Rabbi was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 by Ed Stourton. During the interview Ed put my following question to Rabbi Mirvis, which I had submitted.

"What would you say to convince a Jewish woman who feels unwelcome and irrelevant in her Orthodox Jewish community that she should stick with Orthodoxy?"

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Chief's trip cost queried

March 24, 2014

The cost of the Chief Rabbi's mission to Israel in spring was queried at a meeting of the United Synagogue council on Monday.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis plans to take around 50 rabbis with him in May for his first official visit to the country since taking office last autumn.

But US president Stephen Pack was pressed over whether the outlay was an "appropriate use" of charitable funds by one

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US to vote in four women trustees

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2014

The United Synagogue this week ushered in historic constitutional changes which will enable women to become trustees of the country's largest Orthodox body in the summer.

Under the new system,which has been approved by both Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and the London Beth Din, the administration will retain a male majority led by a male president.

But the seven trustees, currently all male, wi

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United Synagogue Women role models joined by Chief Rabbi Mirvis

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was one of only two men in the room at Borehamwood’s Yavneh College on Sunday as United Synagogue Women held their annual conference. The only other male among the 100 women was the chief’s security guard.

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US hopes to recruit more shuls from the regions

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2014

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack wants more regional Orthodox congregations to follow Sheffield and join the London-based organisation.

He revealed this week that discussions had been taking place between the US and a number of congregations across the country over the past year or so.

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Synagogue offers greater role for women

By Simon Rocker, February 14, 2014

A United Synagogue congregation is to introduce changes to allow women a greater role in the synagogue service.

Members of South Hampstead Synagogue in London learned of the innovations at a meeting on Sunday.

A congregant told the JC that the changes would “push the boundaries a bit”.

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Successor to Mirvis at Kinloss

By Simon Rocker, January 27, 2014

Finchley Synagogue congregants have overwhelmingly endorsed the appointment of Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence — currently with the Sydney Great Synagogue — as the successor to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis as its senior minister.

Rabbi Lawrence, his wife Mandy and two of their four children had spent Shabbat with the Finchley community prior to the vote.

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Cockfosters to vote on rabbi

January 27, 2014

Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue members will vote next month on the endorsement of Rabbi Daniel Epstein to fill its ministerial vacancy following the retirement of Rabbi Yisroel Fine.

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Learning curve for US women

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2014

United Synagogue Women have launched an educational series designed to encourage women to take up senior positions in the community.

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