United Synagogue

Elstree selects its man

By Simon Rocker, May 13, 2013

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, which has been without a senior rabbi for nearly two years, could be close to plugging the gap at the top after leaders named the man they want.

Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz, the minister of Manchester’s Yeshurun Synagogue and previously of Kenton Synagogue, will visit the Hertfordshire congregation next month ahead of a members’ ballot on his appointment.

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One small step, not a giant leap

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 13, 2013

The election of Mrs Karen Appleby as the first female chair of a United Synagogue shul (St Albans) is certainly a landmark. The question is, precisely what sort of a landmark is it?

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Belmont United is latest synagogue to elect a woman chair

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2013

The United Synagogue has elected its fourth shul chairwoman

Frances Grossman, a former vice-chair, was voted in as chair of Belmont United Synagogue in Stanmore on Wednesday night.

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Chief rabbi to live in Hendon

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2013

The next Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, is to live in Hendon, rather than St Johns’ Wood as his predecessor, it was announced today.

The Central Synagogue in the West End of London will serve as his city base, with plans to provide a reception and other meeting rooms for him.

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‘Long time coming’ but United Synagogue finally has a chairwoman

By Jay Grenby, May 2, 2013

The woman who has made history by becoming the first chairwoman of a United Synagogue shul says she has no great desire for power and is simply looking forward to doing the job.

Karen Appleby was elected unanimously and unopposed at St Albans Synagogue’s AGM on Sunday.

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St Albans woman in breakthrough United Synagogue election

By Jay Grenby, April 29, 2013

One of the United Synagogue's smallest communities has made history by becoming the first US congregation to elect a woman chair.

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Rabbi snubs St Albans

April 29, 2013

The Brazilian-born minister chosen to be St Albans Synagogue’s first rabbi in 50 years has upset the congregation’s leadership by turning down the job, citing personal and family reasons.

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Four women to stand for top synagogue jobs

By Sandy Rashty, April 24, 2013

The United Synagogue is likely to get its first woman chairman of a congregation when it hold its elections next month.

The Chief Rabbi and US leaders passed a ruling allowing women to become chairmen of synagogues last December. Women had previously been restricted to the roles of vice-chair or financial representative.

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Watford's scroll of honour

By Jay Grenby, April 8, 2013

There was street dancing of a kind not usually seen in Watford as members of the local shul paraded a newly-restored Sefer Torah under the traditional chupah to its new home in the Nascot Road synagogue.

Watford Synagogue’s first Hachnasat Sefer Torah celebration marked the dedication of the scroll in memory of popular congregant Sam Keen, who died in 2011 aged 27 after a long illness.

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Full time marks start of Chingford's future

By Jay Grenby, April 8, 2013

Less than a year after being under threat of closure, Highams Park and Chingford Synagogue has upgraded to full member status of the United Synagogue.

The move was a “no brainer”, said Steven Strum, chair of a new and energetic board of management. Despite the reservations of some of the old guard, “once we looked into the matter, it was an obvious decision for our board.

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