United Synagogue

Suburb rabbi is off to Cape Town

By Simon Rocker, January 10, 2013

Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue’s associate rabbi, Anthony Knopf, is leaving at the end of the month to head a congregation in South Africa.

Rabbi Knopf, 33, who joined the synagogue as community director six years ago, will become the rabbi of the Camps Bay shul in Cape Town.


Wanted: educators, not wives

By Dina Brawer, January 6, 2013

After much pressure the United Synagogue finally agreed to allow women to chair synagogue boards. Two weeks later chief rabbi-elect Ephraim Mirvis appointed Lauren Levine as a yoetzet halacha (halachic advisor) to Finchley Synagogue. It is often uncomfortable for a woman to ask sensitive halachic questions of a rabbi.


Shul apologises to Cable for rabbi's remarks

By Anna Sheinman, January 4, 2013

A letter of apology has been sent to Business Secretary Vince Cable by Richmond Synagogue over “inappropriate” comments made by a prominent guest rabbi at a synagogue gala dinner which Dr Cable addressed.


Hackney Synagogue completes Triangle

By Sandy Rashty, January 4, 2013

A fresh chapter in the lengthy history of the Hackney and East London Synagogue was the consecration of its Triangle Road premises by Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

The shul’s Rev Naftali Tiefenbrun and emeritus minister Alan Greenblat were among more than 70 guests at the celebratory brunch.


Struggling Kenton makes minister part-time

By Jay Grenby, January 4, 2013

Dwindling membership has forced Kenton Synagogue to make its rabbinical couple part-time.


Right choice began at home

By Joel Braunold, January 3, 2013

After months of leaks, rumours, deadlock and a search that spanned the globe, the committee to find the next chief rabbi picked Ephraim Mirvis of Kinloss. He is a wonderful rabbi with one of Britain's most prominent pulpits and he is someone that most in the Orthodox community knew all along was the correct candidate for the job.


United Synagogue approves women shul chairmen

By Simon Rocker, December 17, 2012

Women will be able to serve as chairmen of United Synagogue congregations from next May after the US council gave the go-ahead on Monday.

Although the move had been approved by the chief rabbi and the London Beth Din, US president Steve Pack admitted that it had received a rather mixed reaction from rabbis.


Pack pressed on chief rabbi search

By Simon Rocker, December 17, 2012

United Synagogue president, Stephen Pack, was pressed this week over the failure to date to choose a successor to Lord Sacks as chief rabbi.

At a US council meeting on Monday, St John’s Wood Synagogue representative Ronnie Lossos said: “We are getting a lot of feedback from very upset people at the length of time it’s taken. It’s causing bad feeling.”


United Synagogue raises spending on youth

By Simon Rocker, December 17, 2012

Significantly increased investment in youth, education and community development is planned by the United Synagogue next year.

Central support for the Tribe youth organisation and education is due to rise from an anticipated £617,000 this year to £809,000 in 2013.

Community development funding is set to increase from £552,000 to £614,000.


Hadley Wood's full treatment

By Simon Rocker, December 17, 2012

The United Synagogue has welcomed its newest community, Hadley Wood, which has become independent after operating for 17 years as a satellite of Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue.