United Synagogue

US to vote in four women trustees

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2014

The United Synagogue this week ushered in historic constitutional changes which will enable women to become trustees of the country's largest Orthodox body in the summer.

Under the new system,which has been approved by both Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and the London Beth Din, the administration will retain a male majority led by a male president.

But the seven trustees, currently all male, wi


United Synagogue Women role models joined by Chief Rabbi Mirvis

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was one of only two men in the room at Borehamwood’s Yavneh College on Sunday as United Synagogue Women held their annual conference. The only other male among the 100 women was the chief’s security guard.


US hopes to recruit more shuls from the regions

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2014

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack wants more regional Orthodox congregations to follow Sheffield and join the London-based organisation.

He revealed this week that discussions had been taking place between the US and a number of congregations across the country over the past year or so.


Synagogue offers greater role for women

By Simon Rocker, February 14, 2014

A United Synagogue congregation is to introduce changes to allow women a greater role in the synagogue service.

Members of South Hampstead Synagogue in London learned of the innovations at a meeting on Sunday.

A congregant told the JC that the changes would “push the boundaries a bit”.


Successor to Mirvis at Kinloss

By Simon Rocker, January 27, 2014

Finchley Synagogue congregants have overwhelmingly endorsed the appointment of Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence — currently with the Sydney Great Synagogue — as the successor to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis as its senior minister.

Rabbi Lawrence, his wife Mandy and two of their four children had spent Shabbat with the Finchley community prior to the vote.


Cockfosters to vote on rabbi

January 27, 2014

Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue members will vote next month on the endorsement of Rabbi Daniel Epstein to fill its ministerial vacancy following the retirement of Rabbi Yisroel Fine.


Learning curve for US women

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2014

United Synagogue Women have launched an educational series designed to encourage women to take up senior positions in the community.


Radlett to lose its rabbi

January 13, 2014

Radlett United Synagogue has a pulpit vacancy after Rabbi Leo Dee announced his intention to return to Israel with his family in August, three years after joining the Hertfordshire community.


Kinloss proposes Jeremy Lawrence as its senior minister

By Cathy Forman, January 6, 2014

Finchley Synagogue members are set to vote on the nomination of one of Australia’s most prominent ministers as their next senior rabbi.


£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.