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Journey to becoming Britain’s chief rabbi

December 20, 2012

This is South African-born Rabbi Mirvis’s second chief rabbinate. He was Chief Rabbi of Ireland from 1985 to 1992 and, for three years before that, was minister of Dublin’s Adelaide Road Synagogue.

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Rabbi Mirvis, the family man

December 20, 2012

Rabbi and Mrs Mirvis’s eldest child, Liora Graham, passed away in 2011, following a long battle with cancer. They have four sons, Hillel, Daniel, Noam and Eitan, a son-in-law, Jonathan, two daughters-in-law, Melanie and Althea, and five grandchildren, Kinneret, Elitzur, Naama, Refael and Tamara.

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Twitter first to strike up welcoming Mirvis fanfare

December 20, 2012

This has certainly not happened to any other chief rabbi, Rabbi Mirvis grinned.

“Steve Pack, the US president, addressed the consultative group in my absence. I was brought in to address them, and then I took my leave and sat in a room down the corridor for about half-an-hour while the group was deliberating.

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Background: Valerie Mirvis

December 20, 2012

Rabbi Mirvis’s wife, Valerie, is a senior social worker who carried out front-line child protection for many years. She has lectured on healthcare communications skills since 1997. She is also the author of Please Don’t Break My Other Leg! A Guide to Empathising with Patients, which was published in English in 2001 and in Chinese in 2004.

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Synagogue appoints first female halachic adviser

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

Days before his selection as chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis appointed Britain’s first Orthodox female halachic adviser at Finchley Synagogue in London.

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Tel Aviv DJs play at London superclub

December 20, 2012

There may be no peace process, but Israeli house DJs Guy J, Sahar Z and Guy Mantzur, who took over one floor of London superclub Egg last Friday, are proving that there may be mileage in the old raver’s adage that we are all one tribe when dancing to repetitive beats. Says Guy J: “I get messages from Qatar, Egypt, Iraq and even Iran. It’s amazing to have contact from these countries.

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Rabbi Lionel Mirvis kvells for his ‘baby’

By Moira Schneider, December 20, 2012

Rabbi Lionel Mirvis of Cape Town felt “overwhelmed” when he heard that his “baby”, Ephraim, had been appointed chief rabbi of the United Kingdom.

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The people’s chief: Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis appointed as Sacks's successor

By Jenni Frazer, December 20, 2012

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who on Monday night was chosen as the successor to Lord Sacks, has said he wants to be an accessible chief rabbi and to have “warm… constructive” relations with “sister Jewish movements”.

He will use his office to act as “a catalyst for deepening commitment to Jewish identity, values and learning.”

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Boy saves family from Chanucah fire

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 20, 2012

A nine-year-old boy’s quick thinking saved his family after Chanucah candles ignited their home last Friday.

Moments after Zev Dunner had left his wife and four children, aged between two and nine, at home for a Shabbat synagogue service, Chanucah candles are believed to have set fire to the living room curtains.

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Amnesty International orders official Kristyan Benedict to apologise for 'antisemitic' tweet

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

An Amnesty International disciplinary process has concluded that a senior official’s tweet about three Jewish MPs was “inappropriate and offensive”, but not antisemitic.

Kristyan Benedict, the charity’s campaigns manager, took to Twitter during a Parliamentary debate about the violence in Israel and Gaza last month.

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