United Synagogue

UK Jews hatched, matched, despatched… and frummer

By Simon Rocker, April 4, 2012

At least two out of every five Jewish babies in the UK are born to strictly Orthodox parents - the highest proportion ever cited in official Board of Deputies statistics.

Charedi children "now comprise 40 per cent or more" of all Jewish births, compared with a third when calculated in the last Board survey published four years ago.


Race to succeed Lord Sacks in 2013 hots up

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

The United Synagogue president, Stephen Pack, has said that applications to be chief rabbi were still being accepted despite the March 5 deadline specified in an advertisement for the job.

Mr Pack, who is chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, which is responsible for appointing Lord Sacks's successor, said it had received some "outstanding" applications, but added: "We are still expecting a nu


Chief Rabbi pushed to rule on same-sex marriage

March 22, 2012

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has been urged to take a stand against government plans to introduce marriage for same-sex couples.

Dayan Yisroel Lichtenstein, head of the Federation Beth Din, said: "It is his obligation as chief rabbi to speak out."


United Synagogue 'don't want Chabad'

By Simon Rocker, March 15, 2012

One of the United Synagogue's most high-profile rabbis, Yitzchak Schochet, says he has not applied to be chief rabbi, claiming that the US would not accept a Lubavitch candidate.

The Mill Hill Synagogue minister, in an article in today's JC, doubted whether he would even have got his present job today because of his Lubavitch background.

Rabbi Schochet questioned whether Chief Rabbi Lord Sac


Minyanim are a staple of future Southgate plans

By Simon Rocker, March 8, 2012

Leaders of Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue are consulting members over a redevelopment plan for one of the United Synagogue's most geographically spread-out areas.

A strategic report calls for a "completely new premises model" for the future with a community centre and a network of local minyanim which could also accommodate members of Palmers Green and Southgate Synagogue.

The pla


Overseas recruiting

February 23, 2012

The United Synagogue is spreading its search for rabbinic talent to America and Israel.

Community liaison manager David Collins and Golders Green Synagogue's Rabbi Harvey Belovski met prospective rabbinic graduates at a job fair at New York's Yeshiva University.

And it hosted a Jerusalem meeting in partnership with JFS for potential recruits to both organisations.

Mr Collins said: "It is


Women try leading questions

February 16, 2012

The role of women in the United Synagogue and the wider Jewish community was discussed at the US's first women's conference, held on Sunday in central London.

More than 50 women participated in a programme geared towards improving leadership skills and knowledge. Topics included achieving a work-life balance, making one's voice heard and changing the face of education for women.


US closes gap with affiliates in row over distance clause

By Jay Grenby, January 26, 2012

Progress has been made towards resolving a long-running dispute between the United Synagogue and its affiliated congregations over recruitment rules.


US dominates the Chief selection

By Simon Rocker, January 12, 2012

The United Synagogue will have the dominant hand in choosing the next Chief Rabbi with US representatives taking seven out of the eight places on the working group responsible for drawing up a shortlist of candidates.

Shimmy Lopian, the chairman of the Manchester and District Council of Synagogues and recently appointed trustee of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, is the lone member from outside the U


Burial in Israel scheme praised by first family

By Jessica Elgot, January 5, 2012

A British soldier who married a Holocaust survivor he helped to liberate from Bergen-Belsen has been laid to rest in Israel - the first person to buried there under a United Synagogue scheme.

Charles Salt, 94, died in late December.