United Synagogue

Kinloss gets its phone line back

July 25, 2013

Kinloss synagogue has its phone service back after nearly two weeks without its main line. Service was restored on Wednesday following a visit from an engineer.

The shul had been using a temporary number in the intervening period, which chairman Jon Mendelsohn called “more than frustrating.”


Kinloss phone chaos

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2013

Kinloss synagogue has been deprived of its principal phone line for almost a week because of a mistake made by the United Synagogue’s procurement agency.

The chairman of the synagogue, Jon Mendelsohn, said that the phone service had been disconnected “due to an error by a service provider under contract by the US centrally”.


A healthy turnout for US women's initiatives

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

Rebbetzin Lauren Levin — appointed last December at Finchley Synagogue by Chief Rabbi elect Ephraim Mirvis as Britain’s first Orthodox female halachic adviser — led a seminar on “women’s health and halachah” at Kinloss on Sunday.


Cantor avoids jail over child porn conviction

By Marcus Dysch, July 12, 2013

A former synagogue cantor has avoided being sent to jail after he admitted making and distributing hundreds of images of child pornography.

Fashion company director Jeremy Lawson had resigned from his position at New West End Synagogue in Bayswater, west London, last year for “personal reasons”.


Food for thought: US makes £1.2m on kashrut

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2013

The United Synagogue’s kashrut department has helped to boost the organisation’s coffers by recording a significantly higher than expected surplus last year.

Its profit of nearly £1.2 million in 2012 was close to £400,000 more than had been budgeted for, US council members heard on Monday.


Elstree minister set to lead breakaway group

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2013

The interim senior rabbi of Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue for the past two years, Rabbi Shimshon Silkin, looks set to head a new, breakaway community in the area following his departure at the end of August.


Marble Arch fails in rabbi search

By Simon Rocker, June 24, 2013

Western Marble Arch Synagogue is to ask its minister Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld to delay his retirement after being unable to find a successor.

Rabbi Rosenfeld had been due to leave in January to spend more time with his children and grandchildren in Israel.


Kanterovitz sees strength in the Elstree 'diversity'

By Simon Rocker, June 24, 2013

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue members have given a ringing endorsement to the rabbi recommended to be their new spiritual leader.

Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz of Manchester’s Yeshurun Synagogue received 92 per cent support in a ballot to approve his appointment.


Belated batmitzvah celebrations in Stanmore

June 17, 2013

Thirty-two women aged from late-30s to 70-plus have completed Stanmore Synagogue’s first “Batmitzvah Two” programme, spearheaded by rebbetzen Aviva Landau.

Most of the participants in the comprehensive six-week course had felt a sense of loss at not having had a batmitzvah in their youth.


Mirvis consults widely before taking office

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2013

Chief Rabbi-elect Ephraim Mirvis has embarked on extensive consultations with rabbis and lay leaders as he draws up plans of action.

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack said, “the idea is that when he takes office, he will be able to hit the ground running”.