United Synagogue

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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