United Synagogue

It’s not over until the last chazan sings

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2013

It’s a summer evening and the congregation is getting ready for the Kabbalat Shabbat service, the welcoming of the Sabbath, on Friday. Someone taps out a beat on a tabla drum, a guitarist tunes his strings, another person takes a flute from a case.

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Mother-of-one elected as youngest synagogue chair

By Sandy Rashty, May 30, 2013

A 27-year-old mother and part-time charity worker has been elected as the youngest chair of a United Synagogue shul.

Michelle Bauernfreund was voted in unopposed at the 220-member Alei Tzion synagogue in Hendon, north-west London.

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Tribe dinners bring curtain down on academic year

By Marcus Dysch, May 30, 2013

Tribe, the United Synagogue’s youth section, has held graduation dinners for students in Manchester and Cambridge.

The dinner for 35 Cambridge students featured speakers including Tribe consultant Yossi Fachler and Tribe campus ambassador Yehudit Harris.

She said: “It was a really lovely evening and I’m looking forward to attending Young United Synagogue events when I graduate.”

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Sacks leaves Rome with a Beatles song memory

May 27, 2013

Lord Sacks performed one of his last inductions as Chief Rabbi for the Rev David Rome at Catford and Bromley Synagogue.

He told the congregation of 400, including four south London mayors and senior clergy, that, for him, the occasion was summarised by the Beatles song Hello, Goodbye. “As one door closes another opens, Reverend Rome says hello and I say goodbye.”

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Rabbi Chaim Halpern conducting a wedding a ‘serious error’, says United Synagogue

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2013

The United Synagogue has strongly criticised the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations for allowing Rabbi Chaim Halpern, who is under police investigation over alleged sexual abuse of women, to officiate at a wedding.

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Shenley's wizard from Oz

May 20, 2013

Rabbi Alan Garber will be returning to the UK from Australia to take up the Shenley Synagogue pulpit.

Shenley members unanimously supported the appointment of the minister and his wife Tanya on Sunday, and the Garbers are expected to start work before the High Holy-Days.

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Kingston congregants back rabbi's appointment

By Jay Grenby, May 20, 2013

Kingston Synagogue members have overwhelmingly supported the board of management’s choice of Rabbi Samuel Landau and his wife Shana as the congregation’s new rabbinic couple.

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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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