United Synagogue

A chief for the next generation

By Richard Verber, December 14, 2012

The search for the next Chief Rabbi is reaching its conclusion. Other commentators have already outlined the need for Lord Sacks's successor to take greater control of the London Beth Din as well as re-engage with the growing Charedi communities. But what key challenges face the next chief rabbi in involving the younger generation?


United Synagogue undecided on Chief Rabbi successor

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2012

United Synagogue rabbis are concerned about the delay in appointing a chief rabbi to succeed Lord Sacks next autumn.

It is two years since Lords Sacks’s planned retirement was announced and more than a year since the Chief Rabbinate Trust officially launched the recruitment process.

The question of the succession was discussed at a meeting of the Rabbinical Council of the US on Monday.


Campus Notebook

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

● Chanucah packs have been distributed to Liberal Jewish students on 36 campuses in time for the festival.

Liberal Judaism sent out 250 packs, each containing a menorah, candles, dreidel, Chanucah gelt, and messages from chaplain Rabbi Ariel Friedlander and student rabbi Benji Stanley.


United Synagogue says yes to women leaders

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2012

Orthodox women in the UK have hailed an historic breakthrough after the chief rabbi and United Synagogue leaders cleared the way for them to become chairmen of synagogues.

Since US women were first permitted to become local synagogue officers in 2001, they have been restricted to the roles of vice-chair or financial representative.


US must get a grip

November 30, 2012

The process of choosing a new Chief Rabbi is in danger of moving from chaos to farce. At the start, the United Synagogue claimed that it would consult widely.


Silkin wants to stay at Elstree - but in a fresh role

By Jay Grenby, November 29, 2012

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue’s interim senior minister is no longer seeking to make the post permanent.

Rabbi Shimson Silkin said this week that despite “considerable pressure to reapply”, he felt “it would be best for all concerned to turn the page and open a new chapter”.


Muswell Hill shul hosts first civic Shabbat service

November 16, 2012

International Development Minister, Lynne Featherstone; Labour MP, David Lammy; and Haringey Mayor, Councillor David Browne were among the congregation at Muswell Hill Synagogue’s first civic Shabbat service.

Addressing guests, who also included a number of local councillors, Rabbi David Mason said: “We are here to help those of you who work tirelessly for Haringey borough.”


Luton Synagogue hosts interfaith food tasting event

By Jay Grenby, November 16, 2012

Food was the way to the hearts of the 100 Jews, Muslims and Christians who shared their respective cuisines at a tasting involving Luton Synagogue, two churches and a mosque from the Leagrave area.


Haringman is leader of the presidential pack

By Simon Rocker, November 8, 2012

The Hampstead Synagogue chairman has become the first recipient of a United Synagogue award to mark the contribution of honorary officers.

Michael Haringman — the senior partner in a commercial law firm who has chaired his congregation since 1997 — was presented with the President’s Award at a reception at the home of Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks on Monday.


Popping the question at Belmont

November 8, 2012

MPs Bob Blackman and Louise Ellman and journalists Martin Bright and Alex Brummer were among the panel for a “Question Time” on Israel and the Middle East at Belmont Synagogue in Stanmore on Sunday.