United Synagogue

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.


Bushey shul warden mourned

By Jay Grenby, November 8, 2012

Bushey Synagogue members are mourning their long-serving senior warden, Laurence Bamberg, who had been in hospital awaiting a heart operation.

However, his heart failed before he could undergo surgery and he died in the early hours of last Friday morning.
Despite the short notice, there was a big turnout at his funeral at Bushey cemetery on the same day.


US rabbi out of chief race

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2012

The odds on the next chief rabbi coming from Britain shortened after an American rabbi tipped for the post said this week that he was not in contention.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Rosenblatt, of the Riverdale Jewish Centre, New York, who had met the selection panel, said on Monday that he was “not involved in the chief rabbi search”.


Radlett's platinum couple

By Jennifer Lipman, November 1, 2012

Radlett Synagogue’s oldest member was called up on Shabbat as part of the celebrations of his platinum wedding anniversary.

Harry Morris, 96, and his wife Rene, 92, were married on November 1, 1942 at the Egerton Road shul in Stamford Hill. Seventy years on, they have two children, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, all of whom were with them at the weekend.