United Synagogue

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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Orthodox women's lead role

By Simon Rocker, November 25, 2013

Borehamwood held its first partnership minyan — an Orthodox service where some of the prayers can be led by women — last Friday evening.

The event, at the local Allum Hall community centre, attracted some 60 people, divided equally between the sexes, who sat separately on either side of a mechitzah. Men led minchah and ma’ariv. A woman took the Kabbalat Shabbat service.

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Fine end to innings at Southgate shul

By Jay Grenby, November 18, 2013

Cricket-loving Cockfosters and North Southgate minister Rabbi Yisroel Fine was bowled over by one of the gifts he received at reception marking his imminent retirement — a bat signed by this summer’s Australian touring team.

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Single-minded atempt to gauge service needs

By Simon Rocker, November 11, 2013

The United Synagogue has launched a survey to gauge the needs of members who are on their own through separation, divorce or bereavement.

“We are looking at a constituency that sometimes gets overlooked,” explained US consultant marketing director Ian Myers.

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