United Synagogue

Right choice began at home

By Joel Braunold, January 3, 2013

After months of leaks, rumours, deadlock and a search that spanned the globe, the committee to find the next chief rabbi picked Ephraim Mirvis of Kinloss. He is a wonderful rabbi with one of Britain's most prominent pulpits and he is someone that most in the Orthodox community knew all along was the correct candidate for the job.

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United Synagogue approves women shul chairmen

By Simon Rocker, December 17, 2012

Women will be able to serve as chairmen of United Synagogue congregations from next May after the US council gave the go-ahead on Monday.

Although the move had been approved by the chief rabbi and the London Beth Din, US president Steve Pack admitted that it had received a rather mixed reaction from rabbis.

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Pack pressed on chief rabbi search

By Simon Rocker, December 17, 2012

United Synagogue president, Stephen Pack, was pressed this week over the failure to date to choose a successor to Lord Sacks as chief rabbi.

At a US council meeting on Monday, St John’s Wood Synagogue representative Ronnie Lossos said: “We are getting a lot of feedback from very upset people at the length of time it’s taken. It’s causing bad feeling.”

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United Synagogue raises spending on youth

By Simon Rocker, December 17, 2012

Significantly increased investment in youth, education and community development is planned by the United Synagogue next year.

Central support for the Tribe youth organisation and education is due to rise from an anticipated £617,000 this year to £809,000 in 2013.

Community development funding is set to increase from £552,000 to £614,000.

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Hadley Wood's full treatment

By Simon Rocker, December 17, 2012

The United Synagogue has welcomed its newest community, Hadley Wood, which has become independent after operating for 17 years as a satellite of Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue.

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A chief for the next generation

By Richard Verber, December 14, 2012

The search for the next Chief Rabbi is reaching its conclusion. Other commentators have already outlined the need for Lord Sacks's successor to take greater control of the London Beth Din as well as re-engage with the growing Charedi communities. But what key challenges face the next chief rabbi in involving the younger generation?

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United Synagogue undecided on Chief Rabbi successor

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2012

United Synagogue rabbis are concerned about the delay in appointing a chief rabbi to succeed Lord Sacks next autumn.

It is two years since Lords Sacks’s planned retirement was announced and more than a year since the Chief Rabbinate Trust officially launched the recruitment process.

The question of the succession was discussed at a meeting of the Rabbinical Council of the US on Monday.

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Campus Notebook

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

● Chanucah packs have been distributed to Liberal Jewish students on 36 campuses in time for the festival.

Liberal Judaism sent out 250 packs, each containing a menorah, candles, dreidel, Chanucah gelt, and messages from chaplain Rabbi Ariel Friedlander and student rabbi Benji Stanley.

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United Synagogue says yes to women leaders

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2012

Orthodox women in the UK have hailed an historic breakthrough after the chief rabbi and United Synagogue leaders cleared the way for them to become chairmen of synagogues.

Since US women were first permitted to become local synagogue officers in 2001, they have been restricted to the roles of vice-chair or financial representative.

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US must get a grip

November 30, 2012

The process of choosing a new Chief Rabbi is in danger of moving from chaos to farce. At the start, the United Synagogue claimed that it would consult widely.

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