United Synagogue

Pack leader enjoys landslide win at US

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

The new United Synagogue president is Stephen Pack, who scored a landslide victory over outgoing US vice-president Peter Zinkin in Monday's poll.

Mr Pack, 61, is president of Hadley Wood, a satellite of Cockosters and North Southgate Synagogue. He attributed his 124-42 vote victory to his emphasis on making the US more attractive to younger people.

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'Chief rabbi should be chosen by ballot'

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

Popular support is growing among United Synagogue members for the next chief rabbi to be elected, with a straw poll of members at a debate this week showing more than 90 per cent favour of a ballot.

And the role of women in central Orthodoxy will also be a crucial issue for Lord Sacks's successor.

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Rabbi settles out of court

April 21, 2011

The United Synagogue has reached a deal with the rabbi of Britain's largest Orthodox congregation who took the US to court to protect his job.

Rabbi Mendel Lew, senior rabbi of Stanmore and Canon's Park Synagogue since 2006, won an interim injunction last month to stop the US holding a review into his professional capability.

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Pesach aid rises as slump bites

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

The United Synagogue is sending out more Pesach food and voucher parcels than it budgeted for because of economic conditions.

David Kaplan, US community services director, said 570 parcels were being distributed compared to the 400 it had originally allowed for.

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'Too unkempt': Shomer battles US beard police

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

The United Synagogue is being sued for religious discrimination by a former kosher supervisor who, apparently, is claiming there were objections to his beard.

Jonathan Abrahams, 58, who lives in Stamford Hill, north London, was made redundant as a full-time shomer with the organisation's kashrut division over a year ago.

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US consults members on next Chief

March 24, 2011

A former FA executive who was prominent in England's bid for the 2018 World Cup has been called in to assist consultations over the role of the next Chief Rabbi.

Simon Johnson, vice-chairman of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, will administer the consultation process on behalf of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, which is responsible for Lord Sacks' office.

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US under scrutiny as rabbis go to law

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2011

A judge has expressed his "serious concerns" about the motives of the United Synagogue after the rabbi of Britain's largest Orthodox synagogue turned to the High Court to block what he believed is an attempt to oust him.

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American 'spy' Alan Gross to be sentenced in Cuba

By Jennifer Lipman, March 4, 2011

A Jewish American accused of spying on the Cuban government could find out today whether he is to spend the next two decades behind bars.

Alan Gross claimed that he was on the Communist-run island to support the Cuban Jewish community by providing them with internet access, but the authorities there accused him of subversive activity.

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Tribe spreads its wings to nursery care

February 10, 2011

A new Orthodox day care nursery at South Hampstead Synagogue is looking after 10 children aged from three months to two-and-a-half years.

Operating in conjunction with the United Synagogue youth arm, Tribe, BabyiSH is open from 8am until 6.15pm, reflecting the needs of working parents. There is a different theme each week and festivals play a big part in the programme.

The project is managed by Lauren and Rabbi Eli Levin, who said its establishment means the shul now has services catering for the entire community.

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All good in Wood on rabbi’s big day

By Jay Grenby, February 10, 2011

One-hundred Hadley Wood Jewish Community members packed its Lancaster Road shul for one of the most important days in its 20-year history - the induction by the Chief Rabbi of minister Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum.

With joint chairs Michael Singer and Rochelle Collins presiding, the London Beth Din's Dayan Yonason Abraham congratulated Rabbi Birnbaum and his wife Elisheva on joining "a community that has developed from a few members to more than 80 families in just 20 years".

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