United Synagogue

Children vandalise their own shul

By Anna Sheinman, October 11, 2012

A handful of pre-barmitzvah age children of Muswell Hill Synagogue members destroyed a shed and vandalised a staircase with paint on Yom Kippur, causing £350 worth of damage.


US: Chief Rabbi race wide open

By Simon Rocker, September 28, 2012

It is 10 months since the United Synagogue initiated the search for a successor to Lord Sacks, who is due to retire as Chief Rabbi next September, six months after his 65th birthday and after 22 years in office. But it could be a little while yet before a name is announced.


At last we can mark where our children lie at peace

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2012

The father of a stillborn baby who revealed the shocking advice given to him and his wife by officials over the Jewish burial procedure has described how a historic wrong has been righted over the last year.


Shuls that are too big to manage

By Miriam Shaviv, August 17, 2012

This is a painful and unusually personal column, because it concerns the complete breakdown of management at my shul and the partial breakdown of community relations.


Former United Synagogue president dies

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2012

Tributes have been made to the former president of the United Synagogue, Sidney Frosh, who died on Monday.

Mr Frosh, who was 89, was an instrumental figure in moving orphaned children from the original Norwood orphanage to the heart of Jewish communities in North London in the 1970s.


Honorary officers resign at Borehamwood Synagogue

By Jay Grenby, August 9, 2012

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue members, along with United Synagogue leaders, were dismayed to hear that three of the shul’s four honorary officers have resigned.


Borehamwood extends interim rabbi's contract

By Jay Grenby, July 26, 2012

V Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue has asked interim senior rabbi Shimshon Silkin to remain in the role for a further 12 months, having failed to find a successor to Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer.


Synagogue split over choice of rabbi

By Jay Grenby, July 19, 2012

A major United Synagogue is still without a permanent minister after a lengthy selection process and the snubbing of the candidacy of its interim rabbi.

The 1,300-family Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue announced last Friday that after an “incredibly exhaustive” one-year search, no candidate would be recommended to succeed Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer.


How Brondesbury revived its fortunes

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2012

When Baruch Levin arrived at Brondesbury Park Synagogue, the young rabbi found a community mired in apparently terminal decline.

Shabbat services attracted less than 30 people, none under the age of 60. The community had downsized, selling its old, decrepit shul and moving into the hall next door as a step towards “winding down”.


Plea to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: don't leave

By Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2012

Fans of the current chief rabbi have mounted a bid to keep him in the post after his official retirement.

Lord Sacks announced two years ago that he would be stepping down in September 2013, after a total of 22 years at the helm of the United Hebrew Congregations.

But with his successor yet to be named, supporters are hoping he will reconsider.