United Synagogue

Pesach’s supermarket sweep

By Angela Epstein, March 22, 2013

It was like a scene from one of those wartime espionage movies. No sooner had I lifted the seemingly innocuous package from the shelf of my local deli, than I felt the cold slap of a recriminatory hand on my shoulder.

In tones of sotto voce urgency, the owner of said arm hissed in my ear. "That stuff is much cheaper at the supermarket".


Wanstead shul goes for full status with United Synagogue

March 4, 2013

Wanstead and Woodford Synagogue congregants have voted for the shul to switch from affiliated to full United Synagogue member status.

Founded in 1948, Wanstead and Woodford had over 800 family members at its peak. Today’s membership is around 500.


More women's Megillah readings at United Synagogues

By Simon Rocker, February 7, 2013

United Synagogue congregations are to host a record number of women’s Megillah recitals at Purim.

Finchley Synagogue, home of Chief Rabbi-elect Ephraim Mirvis, and Hampstead Garden Suburb are among communities where a woman will read the Book of Esther at a service for women on synagogue premises for the first time.


An embarrassment

January 10, 2013

When this week's Jewish Leadership Council delegation to Downing Street was revealed it contained double the amount of women from the last such occasion. So should the JLC be applauded? Only if you think that moving from one woman to two is an achievement rather than an embarrassment.


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.