UK news

Terror in Tottenham and bedlam in Birmingham

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

Jewish business owners and residents in London, Manchester and Birmingham have described the "devastation" of the local areas, following this week's violent riots.

Groups of youths smashed shops and homes and looted high streets in cities across the country, beginning in Tottenham on Saturday night.

Following pictures of Charedi youths watching the looting in Tottenham on their way home from

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In 209 years only two chief rabbis went to the vote

By Miri Freud-Kandel, August 11, 2011

Chief rabbinate elections have historically been characterised more by autocracy than democracy.

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Time for Jew in the pew to ask searching questions

By Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, August 11, 2011

When the election for president of the United Synagogue was under way, rumours were circulating that the contenders each had his own preferred candidate he would like to see "selected" as the next chief rabbi. The president would de facto become a member of the ambiguous group known as the Chief Rabbinate Trust and could then exert his influence to achieve his aims.

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How the other religions manage it

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

The Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth - to give the post its full title - has sometimes been seen as our equivalent to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Just as the archbishop heads the Church of England, the state's official church, so the chief rabbi leads UK's largest Jewish denomination.

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Who will pick the new Chief Rabbi?

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

If hacking were legal, then the BlackBerry of Stephen Pack, the United Synagogue's new president, would be a prime target for those wanting inside knowledge of Anglo-Jewish affairs.

It is he who now must lead the search to find the next chief rabbi after Lord Sacks retires in September 2013 - and even though the post has not yet been advertised, the inquiries are coming in.

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Reform reject chance to choose Chief Rabbi

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

The man heading the search for the next chief rabbi wants to give the non-Orthodox community a say in the appointment, in a bold gesture intended to secure communal consensus over the position.

Stephen Pack, the new president of the United Synagogue, says he would like to offer religious groups both to the right and left of central Orthodoxy a role in choosing Lord Sacks's successor.

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Riot advice from son of top Jewish socialists

August 11, 2011

A graduate who tweeted advice which can help rioters avoid being arrested is the son of two prominent Jewish socialists.

Jacob Bard-Rosenberg is the son of David Rosenberg, one of the founding members of the Jewish Socialists' Group in the 1970s. Julia Bard joined the group in 1983 and the couple married two years later.

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Barber shop horror for Tottenham's Aaron Biber

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

He was born in Cable Street, but this week's riots and the destruction of his tiny barber's shop has devastated 89-year-old Aaron Biber.

The inside of Mr Biber's shop on Tottenham High Road in London was wrecked by youths during Saturday night's riots.

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Appeal to keep Tottenham barber Aaron Biber cutting after riot damage

By Jessica Elgot and Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

A campaign has been launched to help raise money to support an 89-year-old barber whose shop was looted during the riots in Tottenham.

Aaron Biber, a member of Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation, lost his wife last year. Born in Cable Street, he built up his businesses in Tottenham High Street over several decades and is a popular figure in the local community.

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Tweeting the UK riots

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

Lord Sugar: "Can't believe what I am seeing [on]TV with thugs rioting all over London. Gov might have to call in Army."

John Benjamin: "The broom should become the symbol for the peoples' resistance to this anarchy - or perhaps a sandal or a gourd."

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