United Synagogue

Review for Rabbinate Trust

July 31, 2008
The United Synagogue is seeking to review the structure of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, the charitable body set up seven years ago to oversee the office of the Chief Rabbi. It superseded the Chief Rabbinate Council which was responsible for appointing new chief rabbis.


Re-established cheder holds first prize-giving in 15 years

July 31, 2008
Following the first year of Welwyn Garden City Synagogue's re-established cheder, the community held a prize-giving - the first at the United Synagogue-affiliated shul for almost 15 years. In front of parents and community members, the cheder's seven pupils each received a prize and a certificate. The cheder was re-launched under the aegis of Risa Gruber, a former teacher and the wife of the shul's new minister, Rabbi Hillel Gruber.


Herts Ladies enjoy "alfresco flavours"

July 24, 2008

One-hundred members of Herts Ladies, drawing from Hertfordshire's nine United Synagogue communities, enjoyed an "alfresco flavours" cookery demonstration by Denise Phillips. Borehamwood ladies' guild hosted the event, whose £700 proceeds will benefit Israeli charities.


United Synagogue community host "we're here to help" brunch

July 22, 2008
The United Synagogue's community division hosted a "we're here to help" brunch for more than 70 new congregational chairmen and board members at the Isola Bella restaurant. The event highlighted the work of the US head office and the support available for local communities. Kashrut, the Beth Din and burial were among the aspects covered.


Cemetery worker settles race claim

July 17, 2008

A Jewish cemetery worker is due to receive an out-of-court settlement from the United Synagogue following a dispute over racial discrimination.

Peter Sollosi, who worked for the US as part of its burial society, had claimed that non-Jewish workers were paid more than him to work at Christmas.

The case was due to be heard by an employment tribunal next week, but the parties have now resolved the matter and agreed to a settlement.


US looking to the regions

By Simon Rocker, July 17, 2008

The United Synagogue has revealed that it is looking to recruit communities from outside London.

Its 62 congregations have until now been based in the capital and the Home Counties.

But in a statement this week, its president Simon Hochhauser said the US would extend a “warm invitation to other Orthodox communities in London and beyond”.


Jacobs returns for top job

July 17, 2008

Chartered accountant Jeremy Jacobs is the new United Synagogue chief executive. He will start work in November.

The Belmont Synagogue member was US treasurer for six years before becoming chairman of its youth arm, Tribe, in 2003. “It’s a pleasure to be back,” he told the US council on Monday.


Edgware seeks assistant

By Jay Grenby, July 17, 2008

The 1,500-member Edgware United Synagogue is looking for a full-time assistant minister to provide support for Rabbi David Lister, who joined at the beginning of the year.

As well as helping Rabbi Lister in his day-to-day pastoral work, the new recruit would be expected to develop student and adult-education programmes and, in conjunction with Tribe, take responsibility for the synagogue’s various youth programmes.


US head sets out three-year vision

By Simon Rocker, July 3, 2008

United Synagogue president Simon Hochhauser has laid out his plans for the next three years in advance of his formal re-election for a second term on Monday week.

In a manifesto published this week, Dr Hochhauser and his new team promise to consult congregations with a view to “increased autonomy and responsibility” in running their affairs. They want to dispense with the two-tier constituent and affiliated status of member synagogues.


Rabbi backs conversion sermon

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2008

A United Synagogue rabbi has hit back after being sharply criticised by a colleague for his outspoken comments on Israel’s conversion crisis.

In a letter to the JC, Rabbi Naftali Brawer, joint vice-chairman of the US Rabbinical Council, responded to the claims of Hendon’s Rabbi Mordechai Ginsbury, the council’s immediate past chairman, that he has been “intemperate” and “unfair”.