United Synagogue

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.


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.


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.


Hadley Wood builds up to 'living the dream'

By Jay Grenby, November 11, 2013

Some “significant” funding pledges towards a proposed £500,000 redevelopment of Hadley Wood Jewish Community’s Lancaster Avenue synagogue were made at an information event at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden.

Supporters were told of plans to transform the premises, a converted house, into a purpose-built synagogue and community centre for the 110 member families.


Taking charge of Tribe

November 11, 2013

Yisroel Binstock has been app-ointed the first central rabbi for Tribe, the United Synagogue’s youth arm.

His role will include religious leadership of Tribe events and developing the movement’s educational strategy.
In addition, he will be taking on the job of assistant minister at Hendon Synagogue, where he will be working closely with young adults.


From London Forum to US funding challenge

By Simon Rocker, November 11, 2013

Former London Jewish Forum chief executive Alex Goldberg is to return to the communal professional fold in a new fundraising role for the United Synagogue.

Mr Goldberg, 39, who was also previously director of the Board of Deputies community division, has been appointed head of social and capital partnerships.


United Synagogue chief executive is quitting

By Simon Rocker, November 4, 2013

United Synagogue chief executive Jeremy Jacobs is stepping down after five years in the post.

Mr Jacobs said that although it had always been his intention to move on after five years, it was “a decision I have not taken lightly”.

A chartered accountant, he had previously served as an honorary treasurer of the organisation for six years and chaired its youth division, Tribe.


After chairing shuls, women could soon be US trustees

By Simon Rocker, October 14, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has been asked to lift one of the last remaining bars to women assuming leadership roles in the United Synagogue by allowing them to become trustees of the central Orthodox body.

US president Stephen Pack told a meeting of its lay council on Monday that Rabbi Mirvis had been asked to give a decision in time for next July’s election of trustee officers.


Seeking raised United voice at Board

By Simon Rocker, October 14, 2013

The United Synagogue is setting up a caucus to strengthen its voice at the Board of Deputies in response to what is seen as growing non-Orthodox influence there.

US president Stephen Pack said that its new Board of Deputies Action Group had been set up at the request of US deputies, although he acknowledged opposition from within the US to the move.


Women enjoy a role at Succot in the Suburb

By Simon Rocker, October 7, 2013

Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue has taken another step towards including women in the service by organising a procession for women with lulav and etrog over Succot.

In previous years, women have simply had to watch from the gallery as men paraded their arba minim — the four species used on Succot — around the bimah.