United Synagogue

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.


Are US's leaders fit for offce?

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 15, 2011

Last week the United Synagogue made a particularly nasty attack on this newspaper. I have read more or less every edition of every Anglo-Jewish broadsheet since the beginning of time. But I have never before read an attack of such viciousness on any such newspaper, and I would never have expected such a mindset to be projected from within the portals of the US.


US report into stilborn graves fails to focus the blame

By Jessica Elgot and Jonathan Kalmus, December 9, 2011

A report into missing graves of stillborn babies, buried in unmarked plots by the United Synagogue, has found no policy existed for dealing with infant deaths until the late 1980s.


Lewisham Council Tribute to Rev Ze'ev Amit

By Jennifer Lipman, November 28, 2011

Dr Ze'ev Amit, the retiring minister of Catford and Bromley Synagogue, was honoured with a civic reception at Lewisham Town Hall in recognition of his work for Holocaust Memorial Day.


US social action champion to quit

November 17, 2011

The first director of the United Synagogue's social action division Project Chesed, is to leave after eight years at the organisation.

Candice Woolfson, who started at the US with the Community Development group, was credited by US chief executive Jeremy Jacobs with "having placed the Chesed agenda at the forefront of the US strategy for the future".

Ms Woolfson said that taking on the new p


Rabbi's aid scheme wins political backing

By Simon Rocker, November 10, 2011

Shadow International Development Secretary Ivan Lewis saluted the work of a global aid organisation founded by a United Synagogue rabbi at a Commons reception on Monday.

Rabbi Yossi Ives of Richmond Synagogue set up Tag International Development to deliver Israeli medical, agricultural and other practical expertise elsewhere.

The charity already has programmes in more than a dozen countries


Rabbi backs down over Big Tent

By Simon Rocker and Jonathan Kalmus, October 27, 2011

The Orthodox organiser of an Israel solidarity conference in Manchester has backed down after being warned that his refusal to invite Progressive rabbis as speakers risked provoking a new religious rift in the community.


How the burial society can help at a time of trauma

October 6, 2011

According to stillbirth charity Sands there were 4,124 stillbirths in Britain in 2009, which equates to 11 babies stillborn every day. Stillbirth rates in 1970 were around 20 per cent higher than they are today.

But Jewish law took into account the extremely high infant mortality well before the 20th century. In the 1890s, there were around 150 deaths per 1,000 births in England and Wales.


The truth about our son - 40 years later

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2011

Susan Bergson never knew her baby boy.

He died in distress after an emergency Caesarian at a London hospital, 40 years ago. Immediately, he was taken away while her husband sought the advice of the United Synagogue on how to bury the body.

He was stunned to be told that the baby would have to be buried with the body of an anonymous, newly-deceased mother.