United Synagogue

£12m rebuild unveiled by South Hampstead shul

By Sandy Rashty, January 6, 2014

South Hampstead Synagogue representatives have unveiled plans for a £12 million redevelopment of the north-west London shul.

The plans, submitted to Camden Council, involve opening a common room, café and men and women’s seating on the same level — after congregation members put forward requests to change the gallery seating.

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British Orthodox women join US feminists in fight for rights

By Charlotte Oliver, December 19, 2013

Orthodox women have made progress in gaining a greater role in Jewish religious life, but more still needs to be done, says a leading campaigner.

Dinah Brawer, UK "ambassador" to the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (Jofa), said that in Britain, steps towards equality were permitted rather than actively encouraged.

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Women 'could head US in 10 years'

By Simon Rocker, December 16, 2013

The United Synagogue could be led by a woman within a decade, its president Stephen Pack has forecast.

He said that, while the presidency would remain in male hands, “that doesn’t mean to say it will never change”.

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US 'to take control' of Office of Chief Rabbi

By Simon Rocker, December 16, 2013

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack revealed this week that the organisation wants a closer relationship with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis than it had with his predecessor, Lord Sacks.

Mr Pack explained that this was the reason why the US had now taken control of the Office of the Chief Rabbi, which had previously been run by the independent Chief Rabbinate Trust.

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Glasgow shul's future at crossroads over support

By Adam Henderson, December 16, 2013

Two deals, each worth several hundred thousand pounds, are being considered by Newton Mearns Synagogue in Glasgow ahead of its AGM on Sunday.

An offer from the London-based United Synagogue would see the organisation take over Newton Mearns’s assets in exchange for support. An alternative deal from the Glasgow Jewish Community Trust is worth £250,000.

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United Synagogue's welcome reform

December 13, 2013

The cogs of reform turn slowly in our community. Frustratingly and annoyingly slowly. But when they do move, it is important that those behind the changes are acknowledged and supported because they are often the subject of attack. So credit is due to the United Synagogue for its decision to allow women trustees. It is easy to say that such a change ought to have happened many years ago.

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United Synagogue let women in as minority

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2013

The London Beth Din has reassured rabbis that the majority of United Synagogue trustees must be men, following last week’s announcement that women would be allowed to stand for office next year.

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Radlett shul builds up

By Jay Grenby, December 2, 2013

Radlett United Synagogue has finally got the builders in. Ten years after proposals for a rebuilding and refurbishment were first conceived, work has started on the first phase of “Project Renewal”.

The £1.8 million scheme, which should take around 15 months to complete, will provide additional facilities for the steadily-expanding community.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis's reforming zeal

November 29, 2013

So much for the Chief Rabbi as merely a figurehead! He has not even been in office for three months but already Rabbi Mirvis has made his mark with reforming zeal.

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Chief Mirvis backs top United Synagogue role for women

By Simon Rocker, November 28, 2013

Women could become trustees of the United Synagogue for the first time after Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis approved the idea of female members standing for election as trustees of Britain’s main central Orthodox body.

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