The next Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, is to live in Hendon, rather than St Johns’ Wood as his predecessor, it was announced today.
The Central Synagogue in the West End of London will serve as his city base, with plans to provide a reception and other meeting rooms for him.
United Synagogue president Stephen Pack said: “Chief Rabbi-elect Mirvis and Rebbetzen Mirvis are looking forward with much excitement to their move.
“Having the residence in Hendon will provide a wonderful opportunity for Rabbi Mirvis to connect with and have an impact on the many communities across North West London which will be within walking distance.
“As well as providing an ideal private home, this arrangement provides a prestigious central London environment for our next Chief Rabbi to host honoured guests as well as holding formal receptions.”
But the US has said that no decision has been taken over the future of the current Chief Rabbi’s residence in Hamilton Terrace.
The administrative offices of the Chief Rabbinate will remain in North Finchley.
Rabbi Mirvis, who currently lives in Finchley, is due to take office on September 1.